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Published: Tue, 09 Jul 2013 07:45:57 +0000

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Using Debt Like Growth Equity

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 15:22:02 +0000

If you are in the venture or startup business and don’t read Dan Primack, consider changing that. He’s great. From his newsletter this morning: Indebted: Last week we noted that Wal-Mart subsidiary Jet.com had acquired ModCloth, an online retailer of vintage women’s apparel. No financial terms were disclosed, but this didn’t feel like a success […]



Convertible and SAFE Notes

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 13:47:50 +0000

Angel/seed rounds used to be done via priced equity securities, either common or preferred. Then, starting about ten years ago, we started to see convertible debt being used in the angel and seed rounds. By 2010 this was the norm and Paul Graham tweeted this in Aug 2010: Convertible notes have won. Every investment so […]



What Failure Really Feels Like

Wed, 25 Jun 2014 01:08:55 +0000

I just read an amazing post from Nikki Durkin, the founder and CEO of 99dresses. It’s titled My startup failed, and this is what it feels like and it is one of the best posts I’ve ever read about startup failure. I almost titled this post “What Failure Tastes and Smells Like” because Nikki does such an […]

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Book: Mens et Mania: The MIT Nobody Knows

Tue, 24 Jun 2014 07:50:01 +0000

MIT is a special place. I was a student there from 1983 – 1990, got two degrees, and was booted out of a Ph.D. program well before I finished. I lived in a fraternity (ADP) on the edge of Central Square (351 Mass Ave) for four years. My first office was that address – for […]

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Will A Different Approach to Search Work?

Tue, 24 Jun 2014 00:22:37 +0000

Google dominates search. Sure, there’s a thing called Bing and a few other choices out there, but everything ends up being the blue and purple link thing curated mostly by machines. In an effort to experiment with a different approach, we recently led an AngelList syndicated investment in one potential search challenger, a Kansas City […]

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How Much Do IT Folks Work? Take A Survey And Potentially Win A Fitbit

Mon, 23 Jun 2014 18:25:31 +0000

Our portfolio company JumpCloud is running a survey to dig deeper into the professional lives of IT folks and their move to DevOps. If you are open to sharing your thoughts and experiences, please take their survey. It’s only about five minutes long and they are sharing all of the raw data (anonymized, of course). The survey […]

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Write More Faster

Sun, 22 Jun 2014 22:50:41 +0000

I’ve been stalled trying to get through two books: Startup Opportunities (with Sean Wise) and Startup Metrics (with Seth Levine). Dane McDonald (FG Press CEO) and my assistant Eugene Wan created a book cover recently to try to inspire me, as an homage to Do More Faster (with David Cohen). It worked. I’ve gotten a […]

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The State of Cleantech Entrepreneurship in 2014

Tue, 17 Jun 2014 17:25:10 +0000

As the time approaches to get serious about NextWave14 (coming up in just a few weeks!), I thought it would be a good time to take a step back and review how the overall "sector" is doing right now. And by and large, it's a happy picture. The markets are booming I put "sector" in quotation marks above because we all know that this is really a collection of a wide variety of markets and applications gathered under a consistent investment thesis. Cleantech isn't a sector; it's a lens for finding big opportunities across sectors. But across many of those markets right now, we're seeing amazing growth continue. Solar, especially rooftop and community-scale, continues to boom. And it's only going to continue as costs continue to be driven down. For the first time, more than one-third of all rooftop solar installations in Q1 happened without any state-provided incentives at all. Large-format electricity storage is still in its early days, but is expected to grow quickly, with as much as sevenfold capacity growth in the U.S. by 2020. Electric vehicle sales keep setting monthly records. They were ten times higher in May than they were just three years ago. Microgrids are in their early stages, but are poised for a big breakout -- especially since some big corporate players are quietly positioning themselves to drive the market starting this year. Automated demand-response markets are projected to grow by a factor of 15 over the next decade. And energy efficiency has never been hotter, thanks to new scalable business models, financing, lower costs, and increased buy-in from all the major business, market and political stakeholders. LED lighting installations are growing at a 435 percent CAGR. No, that's not a typo. The above statistics are just a short list of relevant market stats -- markets for new technologies and business models in other areas like water, food and transportation are all growing quickly as well. And let's not forget, the market opportunities are perhaps even bigger for the developing world. Ten years ago, I remember a lot of optimism about the potential for exciting market growth in cleantech. Now that's a reality. It's very exciting to see. As McKinsey recently stated quite plainly: "The world is on the cusp of a resource revolution." The big corporates are jumping in From fuels to smart buildings to storage to transportation, there's never been more serious corporate interest in the next wave of technologies and business models.  As I recently pointed out, a large proportion of the growth-stage cleantech venture deals now being done include -- and sometimes are even led by -- corporate investors. Anecdotally, I've seen a surge in proactive outreach from corporate strategy groups and business unit leaders to the startups I work with on a regular basis.  Even more exciting, at least to me, is seeing some of these big companies start to redefine the markets they're in and gear up for emerging market battles that once would never have been dreamed of.  David Crane declaring that NRG is heading "down the path toward a distributed-generation-centric, clean energy future featuring individual choice and the empowerment of the American energy consumer" Google getting into home energy automation, and reportedly gearing up to distributed energy management Industrial automation giants are realizing that energy automation is a crucial part of what their customers expect Automakers are busy partnering with, or copycatting, Tesla And encouragingly, the big "cleantech giants" like First Solar, Tesla and SolarCity are themselves partnering, opening up new markets and making acquisitions. Our sector is no longer dependent solely upon outside/incumbent big companies "waking up" to the opportunities in the [...]