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Hire a VP Finance Sooner Rather Than Later

The post is aimed at CEOs of startups who have at least 15 employees. If you don’t have a VP Finance on your team reporting to you, do yourself, your team, and your investors a favor and go hire one right now. While it’s trendy to outsource your accounting to a third party, once you... Read more The post Hire a VP Finance Sooner Rather Than Later appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

The Tortoise And The Hare

One of my favorite childhood stories is Aesop’s The Tortoise And The Hare. I just love the idea that slow and steady ultimately wins the race. I thought about that story when I read that Pokemon Go had set a record with 75mm downloads in its first few weeks in the app stores. Mobile games […]

Hailo and MyTaxi

The news broke this morning that our portfolio company Hailo is combining forces with MyTaxi. The combined company, which will operate under the MyTaxi brand, will be the dominant taxi hailing app in Western Europe. Hailo is huge in the UK and Ireland and has a strong position in Spain. MyTaxi operates in Germany, Australia, Italy, […]

The Myth of the Top Investor

Someone asked me recently if they should raise a fund, because they had access to investments that were being made by "top, brand name investors". Whether there even is such a thing relies heavily on your perspective. It is absolutely...Show More Summary

Geoengineering

The topic of climate change combines many of my scientific and philosophical interests. In my draft book World After Capital I describe how knowledge is central to human affairs in that it allows us to solve problems. Many of the problems that we have had to solve over the years were of our own making. Show More Summary

Start, Grow, Mature, Consolidate

The life cycle of tech companies is pretty straightforward. They start, they grow, they mature, and they consolidate. The news that Yahoo is finally selling to Verizon and joining forces with AOL is a not in the least bit surprising and probably long overdue. Yahoo has not been a growth business in quite a while. […]

On The Beach

I’m taking the weekend off to spend it with my entire family (parents, brothers, wives, children) on the beach. Here are a couple podcasts that Harry Stebbings did with my partners Albert and Brad in case you want to spend some time going deep on USV this weekend Podcast w/ Brad Podcast w/ Albert:

A Typical Example of #GiveFirst

I’ve started working on my next book, currently titled #GiveFirst: A New Philosophy for Business in the Era of Entrepreneurship. As a result, my brain is especially tuned to good examples that show a particular aspect of what we refer to as #GiveFirst at Techstars. Show More Summary

Video Of The Week: William Talking Blockchains At Google

AVC regular William Mougayar gave a talk about blockchains at Google a few weeks ago. It’s a good overview of where we’ve been and where we are going in the blockchain sector.

Founder Fights in Boulder

The final event at Boulder Startup Week a few months ago was Founder Fights. A bunch of founders got in a boxing ring for a real, USA Boxing sanctioned event (three rounds, two minutes each). To see a two minute version of what played out, take a look at this great video montage from the event... Read more The post Founder Fights in Boulder appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

Evolving “openness” at marketplaces

I just read the following quote in a post about platform failures: Because platforms depend on the value created by participants, it’s critical to carefully manage the platform’s “openness”...

Hard Forks

The crypto-currency Ethereum completed a hard fork on Wednesday. The Ethereum core developers, after getting a vote of support from the Ethereum community, hard forked Ethereum to “get back” the roughly $40mm of Ethereum that was taken in the hack of The DAO. Hard forks are a bit of a lightning rod issue in the […]

What Did You Do? What Will I Have Done?

You may have noticed that my posting here on Continuations has been sporadic at best these past few weeks. The reason is simple. I have felt downbeat by what’s been happening in the world and the United States. The rolling back of democracy across the globe in favor or populist authoritarians is depressing. Show More Summary

FOMO – A dangerous game for VCs

“No VC has ever failed because of NOT having invested into a company.” This quote is from Alexander Ruppert’s The first year in Venture Capital?—?Lessons (to be) learned. I wouldn’t...

Stack Documentation

Our portfolio company Stack Overflow (or Stack as I prefer to call them) has launched something new and interesting today. It is called Stack Overflow Documentation. This is what Stack co-founder and CEO Joel Spolsky told me about Documentation a few weeks ago: The current state of developer documentation is pretty abysmal. It’s spread all […]

Trashing Tumblr

So Scott Galloway thinks Tumblr was nothing more than a “porn site.” I think that is a ridiculous comment coming from someone who says ridiculous things. Tumblr was, and still is, a vibrant social media platform. Just talk to the tens of million of of people who have had Tumblr blogs and have gotten tremendous […]

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