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New Book: The Startup Playbook

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:00:05 +0000

My longtime friends Rajat Bhargava and Will Herman are launching their new book today. I wrote the foreword and was a reviewer. I’ve worked with both Raj and Will for over two decades – as a co-investor, co-founder, board member, and co-director. They both are incredibly experienced founders and entrepreneurs, so I was delighted to...

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Nima Peanut Sensor Pre-Order

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 15:26:56 +0000

Less than a year after releasing its first product, Nima announced its highly anticipated peanut sensor is now available for pre-order, adding an allergen to its connected food sensor platform. If you have a peanut allergy, Nima is a must have. Pre-order before March 8 to get the product for $229 ($60 off the retail...

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 17:05:11 +0000

Amy arrived home from Africa yesterday evening around 6pm. She had been gone for 12 days and, while she had an awesome trip, we missed each other terribly. She arrived home to a bunch of early Valentine’s Day stuff like a hot bath. I figured it was Valentine’s Day somewhere in the world yesterday at 6pm...

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JumpCloud is Hiring 50 Engineers in Boulder

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 16:51:05 +0000

JumpCloud, one of the fastest growing companies in Colorado, is looking for awesome Developers, QA engineers, DevOps admins, and Customer Success Engineers. Over the next year, they are planning to hire 50 people for the engineering team and about 70 across the entire company. JumpCloud is focused on delivering cloud-based directory services via a SaaS...

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The Greater Colorado Venture Fund

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 16:12:41 +0000

Announcing the Greater Colorado Venture Fund! I am proud to share that the Colorado Venture Capital Authority (VCA), in conjunction with the Office of Economic Growth and International Trade (OEDIT), has selected the Greater Colorado Venture Fund to steward the state’s rural venture capital allocation. Following a competitive application process, the state will be funding...

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Splitting The Deal

Sun, 04 Feb 2018 15:09:05 +0000

Syndicating an early stage investment is a time honored practice in the venture capital business. It was extremely common in the VC business in the early 80s when I started. I assume syndicating was a common practice in the early days of the institutional VC business because fund sizes were small, risk was high, and […]



This Is A Really Good Place To Be Right Now

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 18:14:43 +0000

As I was meditating this morning, the thought “this is a really good place to be right now” came to the front of my mind. As is my way when I meditate, I noted that I’d had the thought, placed it on a leaf, set it on the virtual river flowing in front of me,...

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What Denver Should Do When Amazon Doesn’t Choose It For HQ2

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 17:33:34 +0000

Ian Hathaway, my co-author for my next book – Startup Communities 2: The Next Generation – has a great blog post up titled The Amazon Bounce Back. Colorado, specifically Denver, is in the final 20 cities bidding on Amazon’s HQ2. This open bid process is an absolutely brilliant move by Amazon for a variety of reasons. Enormous...

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USV Is Hiring Two Analysts

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 15:14:33 +0000

It’s that time again. USV is hiring two analysts, each for a two year rotation. The hiring process is similar to what we have done in the past, but the role is a bit different. We are adopting more of an apprenticeship model: For this analyst cycle, we are changing things up a bit by […]



USV Manager Bootcamp

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 17:42:57 +0000

Our USV Portfolio Network Team built a new offering last year called the USV Manager Bootcamp. The idea is to offer management training classes to our portfolio companies that are too small to be able to offer those classes themselves. Last week was the sixth bootcamp and the self reported results are pretty impressive: As […]



Like Minds…Leaders Take Action

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 15:40:17 +0000

Tomorrow night I’m the keynote speaker at the AllHealth Network event Like Minds…Leaders Take Action. I will be discussing the challenges of entrepreneurs around mental health issues and how the stigma associated with it creates an additional layer of difficulty. I’ll also share my own story around mental health issues and talk about the power...

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A Low-Volume, High-Conviction, High-Support Investor

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 15:19:29 +0000

My friend Mark Mullen and his partner Jim Andelman are announcing a new VC firm in Southern California today. They call themselves Bonfire Ventures. I love how they describe themselves as “a low-volume, high-conviction, high-support investor.” That is who you want at your side when you are starting a business. There are a number of […]



Adele and Everything After

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 15:03:10 +0000

Long Haul Films is the video production company that does our videos like Bored Meetings, Worst of Times, and I’m a VC. We are huge fans of Melissa and Tom. They have a new documentary coming out called Adele and Everything After. It is an award-winning documentary about Marty, a woman with an untreatable heart condition that...

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Audio Of The Week: A16Z’s Alex Rampell

Sat, 27 Jan 2018 19:42:05 +0000

I found this wide ranging interview quite interesting. Alex has been an entrepreneur and is now an investor. He is operating at the intersection of traditional fintech and crypto, which is a place USV also often occupies.



Board Feedback

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 16:21:44 +0000

Something I am a huge fan of is Board Feedback. I’ve written about this a lot here at AVC and I am writing about it again today. Because it is important and not done regularly in my experience. A founder/CEO and their team spend a lot of time preparing for a meeting, and then they […]



Whopper Neutrality – The Burger Based Version of Net Neutrality

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 14:16:06 +0000

If you are still having trouble understanding why Net Neutrality is important, Burger King has made an awesomely funny – and extremely informative – video using the Whopper as an example. It’s just brilliant. In more serious news, the New York governor signs executive order to keep net neutrality rules after the FCC’s repeal. This follows...

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ADP Acquires WorkMarket

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:35:06 +0000

ADP announced this morning that they have acquired our portfolio company WorkMarket. This is a bittersweet moment for me. WorkMarket has been a big part of my personal portfolio for almost eight years. USV and Spark seeded WorkMarket in June 2010, backing two serial entrepreneurs Jeff Leventhal and Jeff Wald. The idea was to create […]



Timing

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 14:50:04 +0000

There is a big difference between being right about something and being right about when something will happen. Sadly, to profit from being right you either have to get the timing right or you have to hang in there until the timing is right. The latter can be incredibly painful and most investors don’t have […]



Taking Money “Off The Table”

Sun, 07 Jan 2018 15:47:32 +0000

One of the hardest things in managing a venture capital portfolio is managing your big winners. A big winner can dwarf the rest of the entire portfolio and you end up sitting on enormous paper profits that you can’t get liquid on. I realize that this seems like a great problem to have, and it […]



What Is Going To Happen In 2018

Mon, 01 Jan 2018 14:49:11 +0000

This is a post that I am struggling to write. I really have no idea what is going to happen in 2018. Will the crypto markets continue in their bull cycle? I have no clue. I was showing my daughter’s friend an app that helps people save and invest and he said to me “I […]



Your First Startup Job

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 02:54:40 +0000

When Julisa Salas told me she wanted to join a startup, I was worried. Her background was not exactly typical for StartUpLand and I was concerned her search would end in disappointment. Julisa had been a liberal arts major (English...



The Summer of Initial Coin Offerings

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 02:53:03 +0000

Note: my blog has moved to www.seeingbothsides.com. Also, check out www.jeffbussgang.com to see my new book, Entering StartUpLand, which ships on October 10th. Goldman Sachs and CB Insights recently reported that startups have raised over $1 billion in Initial Coin...



Investing in Women Entrepreneurs

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 15:50:44 +0000

Flybridge is pleased to announce the creation of XFactor Ventures, a $3m women-focused micro-seed fund. You can read more about it here: My Medium post My partner, Chip's, Medium post TechCrunch If you are interested in submitting a business plan,...






Investment Recommendation: Claroty Series A

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 17:36:33 +0000




It's Time for Robots to Mine the Asteroids

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 00:46:46 +0000




Announcing a New General Partner at Flybridge

Mon, 20 Jun 2016 16:03:36 +0000

I am thrilled to welcome Jesse Middleton to the Flybridge family. Jesse is joining us as a General Partner to help lead our NYC office. This hire is a big deal for us. Jesse is the first General Partner we’ve...



SoftTech VC Closes $150M Across Two New Funds

Wed, 08 Jun 2016 12:30:23 +0000

Early in January 2016, I was thrilled to announce Stephanie Palmeri and Andy McLoughlin becoming Partners! At that time, we filed SEC Form Ds disclosing the creation of two new funds – SoftTech VC V and SoftTech Plus. We’re delighted to announce that both funds have closed at their hard cap, respectively $100M and $50M –  great news as we celebrate our 12-year anniversary. Most importantly, we are beyond excited by the myriad of new, radical innovations we see coming from early stage entrepreneurs and the opportunity we have to help them realize their vision with our active support and capital.

To share a bit of background: we invest our funds on a 3-year investment cycle and will be wrapping up Fund IV (that held a final close a couple of years ago) as planned sometime in Q316. Why raise a fund when we had plenty of dry powder in Fund IV? When we discussed our fund raising plans with ... Read more »




Growth vs. Profitability

Tue, 17 May 2016 23:43:54 +0000

I have a new post on my newly designed blog: Growth vs. Profitability and Venture Returns. A reporter from BostInno tweeted that the blog post should have been titled: Profitability isn't cool. You know what's cool? Venture returns. seeingbothsides.com/2016/05/16/gro… via...



Updated Blog - Seeing Both Sides

Sun, 03 Apr 2016 22:00:05 +0000

I've moved out of the dark ages and (finally) shifted from Typepad to WordPress. I will keep this blog site up, but all new posts can be found at Seeing Both Sides. Enjoy!



Advice to Grads: Join A Winning Startup (v. 2016)

Sat, 26 Mar 2016 15:58:44 +0000

Around this time of year, many students are focused on finding a job in Startup Land and building their careers. If you have your own idea and no one can talk you out of it, that's awesome. But for most...



Why Every Company Needs a Growth Manager

Thu, 25 Feb 2016 13:20:19 +0000

(this post was originally published in Harvard Business Review and is co-authored with Nadav Benbarak of Okta.) Growing revenue and profits is a core objective of most companies, and it is the responsibility of every function to contribute to the...



Sentenai

Fri, 22 Jan 2016 01:10:39 +0000

Today, we are announcing co-leading a $1.8m seed investment in Sentenai, an exciting machine learning company based in Boston, alongside our friends at Founder Collective, Project11 as well as a new local seed fund, Hyperplane. Sentenai is one of those...



Stephanie Palmeri and Andy McLoughlin both made Partners!

Tue, 19 Jan 2016 17:00:59 +0000

You got the gist of it – now read on for more details.

First, Stephanie: ever since I met her 5 years ago, I have been impressed by her drive, smarts and resourcefulness. Even though I sort of pushed her away initially, we were lucky enough to have Stephanie join us as Senior Associate then Principal – and sponsor 18 investments across Fund III and IV (including Niche [TWTR], Grovo, and ClassDojo), sourcing and supporting several more. Not only has Stephanie developed the fundamental skills that make a great investor (sourcing, board leadership, fundraising, legal), she has supported companies in good times and challenging ones, and become an invaluable contributor to both our SoftTech family and the broader ecosystem. Thanks to her hard work, Stephanie has demonstrated that she has earned the Title and I am very excited to share the good news: Stephanie is now my Partner.

Andy joined us last April as Venture Partner after ... Read more »




New Year, New Fund

Tue, 12 Jan 2016 02:32:15 +0000

As a former entrepreneur, I have always viewed venture capital as a service business. That’s a funny line for many because, historically, VCs are viewed (and at times reviled) as judges or overlords. When we started Flybridge over thirteen years...



Pixar President’s Wisdom

Fri, 08 Jan 2016 17:31:19 +0000

Some highlights from Ed Catmull’s Creativity Inc. Ed is the President of Pixar. “If there is more truth in the hallways than in meetings, you have a problem. “The desire for everything to run smoothly is a false goal. “The truth is, the cost of preventing errors is often far greater than the cost of...



Boston’s WebInno Is Now BIG

Mon, 19 Oct 2015 11:00:03 +0000

Back in June, the local Boston tech community together celebrated the ten year anniversary of the Web Innovators Group, affectionately known as “WebInno.”  Now Boston’s largest regular tech conference, every few months it draws hundreds of attendees from the entrepreneurial ecosystem – including founders, software engineers, startup executives, and investors. Each gathering showcases early stage […]

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Announcing Our Investment in Renoviso

Mon, 28 Sep 2015 11:44:32 +0000

A few years ago I replaced all of the decades-old windows in our home with new ones.  The entire process was horrible.  I used home service lead-gen and recommendation-review sites to identify a half-dozen installers to set up initial in-person consultation appointments.  Only half of them even showed up.  For those who did, I was […]

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Seeking Nonconsensus

Thu, 27 Aug 2015 12:42:51 +0000

Tales become legends about founders of exceptionally transformative companies who truly struggled to get any investors’ attention early on.  These rejection emails to the founder of Airbnb represent just one of the most recent example of this familiar theme. If a startup were obvious, then everybody would be doing it.  And it wouldn’t be an […]

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Introducing the NextView Talent Exchange: Connecting Top Talent to Startups

Tue, 05 May 2015 13:42:27 +0000

Today, I’m thrilled to publicly announce NextView’s Talent Exchange, a program helping both top talent and NextView-backed startups connect with each other more easily, beginning with Boston companies (which make up just over half our portfolio). Below, I’ll quickly explain the genesis of this initiative and share a few more key details. One of my first […]

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Huddle’s Andy McLoughlin joins SoftTech VC

Wed, 18 Mar 2015 16:01:41 +0000

All of us at SoftTech are excited to announce that Andy McLoughlin (LinkedIn) will join us as a full-time Venture Partner on April 1st, 2015.

In 2006, Andy co-founded London-based Huddle, an enterprise content collaboration company which has raised over $80M to date. Over the years, he led technology, product, marketing, and strategy, eventually moving to San Francisco in 2010 to establish the company’s US presence.

About five years ago, Andy started his angel investing career. He has built a portfolio of 35+ pre-seed/seed stage investments, mostly in the Saas/B2B space but also covering e-commerce and mobile. He was the very first angel in our own Postmates. His other angel deals include Secret Escapes, Apiary, Tray.io, Buffer, Intercom, and Pipedrive.

When we spoke to founders he backed, Andy was consistently praised for the quality and relevance of his advice, and the value add he was able to deliver despite having “a day job”. We can’t wait to ... Read more »




Fellow VCs: Here’s Where to Invest $1B+

Mon, 16 Mar 2015 12:33:44 +0000

A couple weeks ago my colleague Dimitri Dadiomov published a post on NextView’s “View From Seed” blog which answered the question “Should we take Harvard MBAs Seriously as Startup Founders?”  The (obvious) answer of “yes” he supported with comprehensive research about the entrepreneurial activity coming out of Harvard’s business school. We knew that it was […]

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SoftTech VC Roundtable: Tamara Mendelsohn, VP Marketing at Eventbrite

Wed, 11 Mar 2015 18:35:33 +0000

We’ve launched a speaker series at SoftTech VC for our portfolio company founders and executives. Over the next year, we’ll invite experts and friends to speak to an intimate audience about a wide variety of topics. While much of the content will be “off the record” to encourage open dialog, here’s a peek into our inaugural event featuring Tamara Mendelsohn, VP of Marketing at Eventbrite. 

Not many marketers begin as a startup’s first marketing hire and go on to build and lead a 60+ person global marketing team over five years. Tamara broke the mold, joining Eventbrite after earning her MBA at MIT Sloan School of Management to focus on community and over time building out a cross-functional, cross-continent marketing organization. We were excited to pick her brain. Top of mind to the early stage founders and marketing leaders in the room was understanding how Tamara grew a marketing organization from scratch – beginning ... Read more »




VC Ground Game

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:14:38 +0000

Conventional wisdom says that the best way to meet with a venture capitalist is to get a warm introduction.  (While it’s a good rule of thumb, it’s not entirely true, which I’ve blogged about previously.) However, there’s another way that I’ve seen entrepreneurs use mutual connections that’s even more impactful than a warm introduction: a […]

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The “Come-from-Behind” Lead Investor

Thu, 15 Jan 2015 16:08:33 +0000

As an entrepreneur, if you’re running a venture capital fundraise effectively, you’re treating the process like a sale process: identifying a set of prospects to fill the top of the funnel, cultivating those relationships over a series of meetings, then narrowing down to a handful of contender firms who will ultimately make an offer to […]

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