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Canada Is Going To Be The Next, Great, Entrepreneurial Tech Country

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 13:35:04 +0000

This article, Engineers Are Leaving Trump’s America for the Canadian Dream, stimulated a simple thought for me. Canada has a huge, near-term competitive opportunity over to the US.  I have a deeply held belief that US entrepreneurship has benefited extraordinarily over since World War II due to the desire of people from around the world to...

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Glowforge Launches, With a Focus On Their Customers

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 14:13:46 +0000

While I was in Seattle last week, I had a chance to stop by the Glowforge office and talk to the team during one of their biggest weeks since their historic 30-day crowdfunding campaign. An electric energy buzzed in the air along with the familiar low hum of anticipation in advance of a big product...

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Venture Deals Online Course Starts Again On May 6th

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 13:37:41 +0000

Kauffman Fellows and Techstars are once again running the Venture Deals online course. This time it runs from May 6th to June 26th. We’ve now had over 10,000 people take the online course and have been delighted to meet or email with a bunch of them over the past few years. If you want to...

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Book: Head On – A Novel of the Near Future

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 13:13:20 +0000

To clean my palate after reading Comey’s A Higher Loyalty, I settled onto the couch on Sunday after my run and gobbled up John Scalzi’s Head On: A Novel of the Near Future. It was delicious and I gave it to my partner Ryan McIntyre at dinner last night (he and Katherine are in a nice rhythm...

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Book: A Higher Loyalty

Sun, 22 Apr 2018 15:38:19 +0000

I finished James Comey’s book A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership last night. Everyone who thinks or cares about leadership should read it and allow themselves to process it at a meta-level. I don’t know James Comey and other than seeing his name, photos, opinions, interviews, criticisms, and analysis of him all week, have never really...

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Does Every Senior Leader On Your Team Have A Backup?

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:00:36 +0000

I said some version of the following statement several times in the past few weeks. Assume aliens came down and one of your senior leaders was taken away to their home planet. Do they have a person reporting to them who could step into their role, even if it’s only temporary? If you are the...

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Hanging Out In Pioneer Square

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 16:37:10 +0000

I’m in Seattle for the next few days. I’ve built this trip around Techstars Seattle Demo, a bunch of time at PSL, and a Moz board meeting. Oh – and time with several of our portfolio companies as well as some nice social stuff with long time friends. Today, PSL announced their new $80 million...

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Evolving My Writing

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 13:15:30 +0000

While I’ve been writing my entire adult life, I started writing consistently on May 4, 2004, when I began this blog with my first post To Blog or Not to Blog. I ended that first post with the sentence: “I’m still not sure if the world needs my musings, but because you have complete control over...

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The Price of Free is Actually Too High

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 16:40:17 +0000

I loved this quote by Tristin Harris in the New York Magazine article The Internet Apologizes … “We cannot afford the advertising business model. The price of free is actually too high. It is literally destroying our society, because it incentivizes automated systems that have these inherent flaws. Cambridge Analytica is the easiest way of explaining...

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Time And Money

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 12:00:05 +0000

One of the least discussed aspects of investing in startups is the value of the time commitment one makes to a company they invest in. The money part is pretty simple; you invest capital into a business and get an equity participation in the upside. Both sides of that deal can analyze that transaction and […]



My Search for a Thinking Machines CM-1 or CM-2

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 16:55:17 +0000

I have a Cray-2 showing up at our Carriage House in the next few weeks. It’ll be a permanent fixture there and, while it’s not functional, it’ll be fun to have around. I’m now on a quest to find a Thinking Machines CM-1 or CM-2. Every supercomputer needs a friend after all. If you know...

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USV Thesis 3.0

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 14:29:41 +0000

At USV, we are thesis-driven investors. We state clearly and concisely what we want to invest in and, implicitly, decide not to invest in anything else. That is a good thing because, as our partner Rebecca wrote in this post: The commitment to a thesis is part of the fiber of USV–a shared set of ideas […]



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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