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Musings of a VC in NYC



Last Build Date: Sun, 04 Dec 2016 13:39:22 +0000

 



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.



Selling

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 13:15:41 +0000

I think selling is the hardest part of investing. Buying is, of course, critical to generating strong investment performance. Figuring out what to buy and when to buy it is what most people think of when they think of investing. But your returns will have as much to do with selling as buying. And buying […]



Care and Feeding

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 13:41:57 +0000

Young companies are a bit like children. They require care and feeding. The feeding part comes naturally to investors. Because that is what we do. We invest capital into young companies in hope of generating large returns on those investments. The caring part comes harder to investors. At least it did to this investor. But […]



The Hard Raise

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 13:53:26 +0000

In the summer of 2003, Brad Burnham and I set out to raise a $100mm early stage venture capital fund. We had both been successful VCs in other firms and we had a thesis that the second wave of the Internet was upon us and that large networks were going to get built in this […]


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Audio Of The Week: Alt VC

Sat, 08 Oct 2016 13:51:45 +0000

There is more than one way to do VC investing. In this podcast, Jerry Colonna talks to two VCs who are taking different approaches to venture investing.



Audio Of The Week: Kara Swisher Talks To Bill Gurley

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 10:34:24 +0000

Regular readers know that I am a big fan of Bill Gurley. He and I are in the same generation of VCs. We started our careers in the PC era and learned VC in the first generation of the Internet era. Bill and I also bring a “fundamental investor mindset” to our work which is […]