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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 […]



Working Across Many Time Zones

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 11:38:32 +0000

I was in Europe for most of June and working on a lot of things with people in the bay area. The nine hours of time zone difference was challenging. I was doing a lot of calls in the evenings with people who were just waking up. There were many times when I woke up […]



Doing The Heavy Lifting

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 08:00:23 +0000

Most venture capital investments are made, over time, by syndicates. This means a group of venture capital firms develops around a company, usually built over multiples rounds. Some of the firms in the syndicate agree to (or require) having a partner from their firm join the Board of the company. If you look at the […]



Open Source Funding Documents

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 07:35:41 +0000

Cooley, one of the top startup law firms, has open sourced the legal documents required to do a Series Seed or Convertible Note financing. They are available on Cooley’s CooleyGo document generation platform and also on GitHub. Kudos to Cooley for doing this. We need to make the transaction costs of getting a financing done […]



Video Of The Week: Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends Report

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 05:56:45 +0000

This is a few weeks old, but I finally got around to watching it. Mary always does a nice job of summarizing the latest trends.



ICOs and VCs

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 06:06:43 +0000

The Brave browser team concluded an ICO for their Basic Attention Token yesterday in about thirty seconds. This led to this tweet: The Basic Attention Token (BAT) ICO just raised 30 million dollars in 24 seconds. VC’s didn’t even have time to put on a sweater vest. — briantobal (@briantobal) May 31, 2017 Of course folks […]