Tom Tunguz of Redpoint Ventures recently analyzed the academic backgrounds behind 30 top startups from the past several years. The results show a variety of experiences -- and that's the point.
Tunguz writes that:
The average founding team has[...]
It was better than breaking a band.
In other words, what kind of crazy f*cked up world do we live in where not only does tech steal our money, but our thunder too? Where the geeks know marketing better than the entertainment pros?
Unlike the mu[...]
Just in time for the weekend...some VC advice, fresh off the Internetz!
"Is the cost of starting a business less than zero?" by Seth Levine of Foundry Group: "We recently announced our investment in LeadPages – a platform that allows publishers to[...]
Almost the weekend, folks! What better way to kick off Friday morning then with a fresh batch of VC advice?
"What I Wish I Knew Before Pitching LinkedIn to VCs," by Reid Hoffman of Greylock Partners: "Entrepreneurs often say they have no competiti[...]
Pierre Omidyar, chairman of eBay, is betting that NSA-leaker journalist Glenn Greenwald has a whole lot more investigative journalism up his sleeve. According to BuzzFeed, Omidyar has hired Greenwald away from the Guardian to participate in a secret [...]
It was a long, long Monday for me...time to get some perspective. Ladies and gentleman, your best VC advice from the past weekend:
"How to Raise Money," by Paul Graham of Y Combinator: "If you're an inexperienced founder, the only way to survive i[...]
The Internet is maturing.
What does that mean? Stunts will be scarce and the odds of going from obscurity to fame are dropping ever lower.
Remember when record labels used to sponsor YouTube contests? Those evaporated. You can't ask people to m[...]
Quite a few contrarian opinions in today's collection of VC advice. Brew up the coffee pot and get ready for some serious learnin'!
"Maximizing Runway Can Minimize Success," by Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures: "The fact is that the amount of [...]
More venture capitalists spittin' truth, you guys....grab a Red Bull and set aside fifteen minutes for your daily lessons.
"Disrupting the Diploma," by Reid Hoffman: "Two hundred years ago, what you learned about Latin, the Bible, and mathematics [...]
Check out these links of venture capitalist wisdom from the past week, and get back on that horse, champ.
Lavabit Commits Corporate Suicide by Brad Feld of Foundry Group: "I accepted a long time ago that I had no actual privacy –[...]
Last week, Ars Technica released an extensive profile of the early days of Skype, commemorating the video-telecon tool's 10th anniversary. Not surprisingly, the beginnings of Skype were reminiscent of any great business story: lots of passion, lots o[...]
Venture capitalists, it seems, almost never stop giving advice -- especially on their personal blogs. Not surprisingly, the best VC bloggers are usually the most successful investors, and we've combed through the inspirational, the tough-love and the[...]