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Musings of a VC in NYC



Last Build Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2017 14:13:48 +0000

 



Reserves

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 12:00:15 +0000

Reserves is the term VCs use to describe funds they “reserve” for follow-on financings of their portfolio companies. Here are some things entrepreneurs should know about VCs and reserves: One very important thing that separates a strong VC firm from all other sources of capital is that the best VC firms reserve capital for follow-on […]



What Is Going To Happen In 2017

Sun, 01 Jan 2017 16:09:26 +0000

Happy New Year Everyone. Yesterday we focused on the past, today we are going to focus on the future, specifically this year we are now in. Here’s what I expect to happen this year: Trump will hit the ground running, cutting corporate and personal taxes, and eliminating the preferential treatment of carried interest capital gains. […]



What Did And Did Not Happen In 2016

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 22:13:37 +0000

As has become my practice, I will end the year (today) looking back and start the year (tomorrow) looking forward. As a starting point for looking back on 2016, we can start with my What Is Going To Happen In 2016 post from Jan 1st 2016. I thought AR/VR and wearables would disappoint in 2016. They […]



Venture Deals 3.0

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 14:36:41 +0000

Like a great software product that keeps getting better and better as it ages, the classic book by Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson, Venture Deals, is now on its third version. Here is the forward I wrote for the first version of the book and that continues to provide the opening context for it: I […]



The Dangers Of Being Too Early

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 15:31:27 +0000

I have been reading Whiplash, a book I recommended here last week. It starts with the story of the Lumiere brothers, who are credited with the invention of “the moving picture.” As told in Whiplash, the Lumiere brothers started showing films to audiences in 1895 using their patented cinematograph. But by 1900, they were out […]



Fun Friday: What Is Exciting These Days In Tech and Startup Land?

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 11:14:00 +0000

I figured I’d follow up a post taking a shot at the AVC community with one that should engage the AVC community, including me. And what better to talk about than what excites us these days? It is no secret to the regular readers that it is hard for me to get excited about the […]



Founder Dilution

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 11:28:02 +0000

I saw a blog post this weekend that looked at the IPO filings of 79 tech companies and calculated the ownerships of the founders and the VCs at IPO. The result of that analysis is that the average founder ownership at IPO was 17% and the average VC ownership at IPO was 56%. I’ve written […]



NYC’s FinTech Innovation Lab

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 10:55:13 +0000

Applications are open for New York’s seventh annual FinTech Innovation Lab, a 12-week program that I have blogged about a bunch here on AVC. This proram is for early and growth stage companies that have developed cutting edge technology products targeted at financial services customers. The program has a particular interest in: Augmented/ Virtual Reality; […]



What Are App Coins?

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 10:59:26 +0000

Last week Coin Center published a primer on app coins. It is very good. I particularly like this part: Open platforms have proved difficult to create because it has been historically difficult to monetize them even if they become successful—by nature they are public goods. Now, however, the developers of a cloud storage service can […]



Audio Of The Week: Michael Moritz on Studio 1.0

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 12:37:58 +0000

This is almost a year old, but most of it is still very relevant.