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March 4 2013
by Todd Hixon

Clear Talk About The Budget

This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon The other day I had my first budget discussion with the CEO of a new portfolio company. It went well: our views aligned. That conversation underscored the value of the right framework for discussing the budget, and of laying out the framework at the start. Here’s how I think about […]

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January 10 2013
by Scott Johnson

Is it time to look anew at Clean-Tech?

     Is clean-tech the next eCommerce?  Remember in 2003 how dead commerce investment was?  The entire tech sector had entered the “trough of disillusionment” segment of the hype curve, and at the bottom of the barrel of tech refuse settled the consumer internet, with ecommerce flop pets.com as the poster-child of investment lunacy.      Then, […]

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December 3 2012
by Todd Hixon

Venture Capital Bounces Back

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon] Venture capital has been getting a lot of support from politicians and the press recently, notably the passage of the JOBS (“Jump-start Our Business Start-ups”) Act. A key provision, much mentioned by President Obama, lets Joe Ordinary become a venture capital investor via legalization of Crowd Funding (more). Active Venture Funds & […]

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August 28 2012
by John Backus

The Angel Bubble (or why I would rather be a VC)

Much has been written over the last few years about the poor performance of the venture capital asset class since 2000. And on average, the performance has been terrible. Median returns according to Cambridge Associates for the 2000 vintage year were -3% “improving” to -1% for the 2001 vintage year. Top quartile returns kicked in […]

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July 26 2012
by Todd Hixon

Is CrowdFunding A Boon, Or A Disaster?

The JOBS act is good news for entrepreneurs and venture investors in several ways. An easier the path to public markets for start-ups is a huge strategic win, as the venture community’s biggest problem has been a shortfall in exit proceeds. Kudos to those in Congress, NVCA, and the venture community who made this happen. […]

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April 24 2012
by Scott Johnson

Yes, You Really Need That Revenue Ramp Slide

I advise entrepreneurs all the time about their pitch decks, and one of the more common complaints I hear is “if we all know that it is complete BS, why do investors insist we show a revenue ramp slide with a $50 million top line in four years?”  And I admit, on the surface, it […]

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April 12 2012
by Scott Johnson

On Selling Your Company

The most important financial decision you will ever make as an entrepreneur is when to sell your company.  What amount of money to raise at what price from whom pales in comparison.  For venture capital firms, picking companies that will grow fast is much easier than deciding when to sell them.  Misjudging exit timing can […]

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March 30 2012
by Todd Hixon

An Insider Perspective On Carried Interest

Public dissection of Mitt Romney’s tax returns has put “carried interest” in the spotlight, but many people don’t know what carried interest is or why it’s there. A segment on the Marketplace radio program last week (link) brought this home for me. [IMHO, Marketplace is about the best business program on the radio.] I was […]

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March 9 2012
by Thanasis Delistathis

Takeaways from Jobs’ biography

I recently finished reading Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs.  It was a fascinating retrospective of Jobs the business person, but also Steve Jobs the individual.  I already knew a lot about his role in starting Apple and eventually saving the company, but very few things about his personal life and character. Visionaries that drive […]

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March 1 2012
by Scott Johnson

Why I Invested in YieldBot

YieldBot takes the largest advertising demand pool on the internet (search), and plugs it into publisher inventory, the largest source of supply.  Advertisers add YieldBot to their keyword buys, and YieldBot delivers high performing, intent driven clicks, just like a search engine.  They do this with exceedingly clever analytics that reveal intent, the currency of […]

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