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Rebecca Kaden

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:05:34 +0000

USV added a new partner today. Her name is Rebecca Kaden and she introduced herself to our world on the USV blog just now. Rebecca joins a team of fifteen people; our network team, our analysts, and our fantastic administrative team. We are all excited to have her join us. It took us a year […]



We Will Miss You Matt

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 15:39:52 +0000

Matt Bencke passed away yesterday. We put the above photo and note up on the Foundry Group site yesterday but I was still processing it and wasn’t ready to blog about it until this morning. His partner and co-founder at Might AI – Daryn Nakhuda – wrote some beautiful words about Matt at In our hearts, always....

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Hope Is The Consequence of Action

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:22:23 +0000

Last night Amy and I hosted an event at our house for the ACLU and Earthjustice, two organizations we are significant supporters of. If you told me 20 years ago that I’d be spending a lot of my philanthropic energy supporting lawyers, I would have aggressively rejected the notion. But if you had described what...

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Digital Security Is Not Working Very Well

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:31:27 +0000

We live in a digital world with a false sense of security. While watching Blade Runner 2049 I smiled during a scene near the end where Deckard says to K, “What Have You Done?!?!?” I expect that this false sense of security will still exist in 2049 if humans manage to still be around. The first big...

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My Partners Blogging In 2017

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 19:45:57 +0000

My partners Chris Moody, Seth Levine, and Lindel Eakman are all blogging right now. My other two partners, Ryan McIntyre and Jason Mendelson have blogged in the past, ut took a break in 2017. Also, the Foundry Group blog is always active, with occasional thought pieces but mostly updates on initial financings both for companies and...

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Profiles on 2017 Boulder City Council Candidates

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 15:27:11 +0000

On October 19th, Engage Boulder is hosting a breakfast with me from 7:30am to 9:30am to discuss the past, present, and future of Boulder. I’ve lived and worked here since 1995 so I’ve seen, and be involved in, a lot of the evolution of our city over this period of time. I’m hoping to have a...

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On The Road Again

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 12:25:53 +0000

I was in Atlanta yesterday for Techstars Atlanta Demo Day. I’ll be here again today for Venture Atlanta and then I’m on to Kansas City for Techstars Kansas City Demo Day. Rule #1: Don’t eat the bugs on the window of the 23rd floor of your hotel. I’m being a lot more deliberate about my...

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Building An Autonomous and Virtual World: Softbank Teams With Mapbox

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 14:23:28 +0000

The physical world will be the reference coordinates for the fleets of robot cars of our imagination. We’re living through the transformation from digital to virtual, and Softbank leading today’s investment of $164 million in Mapbox accelerates this even faster. I’ve posted about the massive founder crush my partners and I have on Eric Gundersen,...

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Marathon #25: Run Crazy Horse in South Dakota

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 01:35:29 +0000

I finished marathon #25 today and checked South Dakota off the list. I ran it with ten friends (nine of us did the marathon, two did the half) who were all part of my Chorus team that I started in June. While this was one of the most enjoyable marathon weekends that I’ve had, it...

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RIP AOL AIM

Sat, 07 Oct 2017 03:57:15 +0000

Among all the distressing news of the world, I heard today that AOL Instant Messenger is shutting down on 12/15/17. AIM was the first instant messenger I used. My AOL account handle was bfeld, which stuck and is generally my handle for all things (like Twitter) unless someone else grabbed it, in which case it’s...

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Men, Sex, and Power

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 12:34:56 +0000

I had a long conversation with a friend last night that included a segment about men, sex, and power. I had just finished Ellen Pao’s book Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change which I thought was phenomenal (more in a separate post soon) so there was a lot in my mind about this topic. I...

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You Make Money With Wins, You Make Friends With Losses

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 09:50:17 +0000

Brad Feld has a great post about the emotional toll of the collapse of the internet bubble. Near the end, he writes: When I reflect on my relationship with Seth, Jason, and Ryan much of the intense loyalty between us was forged in the period during and after the debacle that was the collapse of […]



Diversification (aka How To Survive A Crash)

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 11:03:54 +0000

I was emailing with my friend Harry this past week and we started talking about crypto and the inevitability of a massive crash. I am certain the big crash will happen. I don’t know when it will happen and I think it may be some time before it does. But better safe than sorry. So […]



Worry

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 12:42:43 +0000

I remember when I was in my early 20s and just starting out in the venture capital business, I came across an old wall street saying that “a market climbs a wall of worry.” I didn’t understand it and that made me want to. I read a bit about the saying and came to understand […]



Some Thoughts On Burn Rates

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 11:11:56 +0000

The startup and venture capital businesses are based on a general idea that you can and should invest heavily into your business in order to increase value creation, amplify it, and accelerate it. These investments mostly take the form of operating losses, driven by headcount, where the monthly expenses are larger, often much larger, than […]



Audio Of The Week: Andy Weissman on Twenty Minute VC

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 11:24:09 +0000

In this podcast, my partner Andy talks a lot about USV’s investment process. It’s a good interview.



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...



Founder Friendly

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 10:31:20 +0000

Long time VC watcher, writer, and analyst Dan Primack suggested on Friday that the days of VCs trying to out “founder friendly” each other are now over. It is an interesting observation and was worthy of a reply. The VC industry is highly competitive for the best opportunities and we certainly do try to ingratiate […]



A Public Record

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 10:54:13 +0000

AVC has been going on for almost 14 years now. I write every day, mostly about tech and investing in startups and observations about entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship. WordPress says I have posted 7,622 times. That is more than once a day but that is because I used to post multiple times a day. Now I […]



Greed Isn’t Good

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 12:24:13 +0000

The famous Gordon Gekko line that “greed is good” is bandied about quite often to explain why capitalism, and the pursuit of riches, is a positive thing for the economy, society, and the world at large. Greed is not good. There is a fine line between the profit motive and greed. I am a firm […]



Succession Planning In Partnerships

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 12:35:53 +0000

I read today that the founders of KKR have named Joseph Bae and Scott Nuttall as co-Presidents and heir apparents. I’ve written before about succession planning in investment firms. Getting this right is challenging. There are a lot of stakeholders; the investors, the partners, the employees, the portfolio companies. Everyone worries about what might change under […]



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...



Impact Entrepreneurship

Thu, 07 Jan 2016 18:08:43 +0000

Paul Graham sparked a furious debate over the last few days about inequality with his blog post, Economic Inequality. He points out that the focus of the dialog should shift from inequality to combating poverty and providing more economic opportunity....



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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