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How a Female Partner Rose to the Top of Canvas Venture Fund

Now more than seven years later, both Ms. Lynn and Mr. Little are general partners at Canvas Venture Fund, which spun out of Morgenthaler in 2013 after a series of changes at the 47-year-old firm.

Success Breeds Success

Last week I received a fantastic email. The email was from the CEO of one of my portfolio companies announcing the promotion of his administrative assistant. After three years of doing great work for the CEO, this assistant was promoted into a role in the marketing department. As much as...

Mentors 10/18: Hold Information In Confidence

As we continue deconstructing the Techstars Mentor Manifesto, today’s item is about keeping information confidential. Techstars operates on a FriendDA concept. It’s not official, but it’s understood that the entrepreneurs are going to bear their soul, be completely open and transparent, and not ask anyone to sign anything. Show More Summary

Hitting the Road

About a year ago, Nancy and I were spending some time with Hardi Meybaum and his family.  Hardi is the founder of our portfolio company GrabCAD which was acquired recently by Stratsys.  It had taken us a long time to schedule this get together (our girls are of similar age, so we try to all get together […] The post Hitting the Road appeared first on ROBGO.ORG.

LTE in the WiFi Spectrum

Apparently T-Mobile is getting ready to launch an LTE service in the unlicensed WiFi spectrum. I’ve written a fair bit here at AVC over the years about the fact that unlicensed spectrum provides a path for way more innovation than licensed spectrum. I am a big fan of unlicensed spectrum and I believe that the […]

Avoiding Investors with Bad Terms

This past Friday morning, there was a news story in which Brian Taffora of CSA Partners in Milwaukee criticized local angel groups for, in his words, "offering terms to startups that "de-risk" the deals for themselves but hurt the company's'...

Want to get funded? Get an introduction!

The other day when I was giving a talk I was asked the simplest of simple questions -- "how do you get funded by a VC?" I thought about it and could only come up with one, for sure, piece of advice. Get introduced! I told the audience that in...

Some Notes from the Basic Income Congress

This weekend I attended parts of the North American Basic Income Guarantee Congress (agenda and speakers). What follows are some observations. Please take these with a grain of salt as I only attended some sessions Friday evening and Saturday morning. Show More Summary

Barclays and Techstars Gear Up for Fintech Accelerator

The recent initial public offerings of online-lending platforms such as LendingClub Corp. and On Deck Capital Inc. have reinvigorated the fintech startup scene.

Pitch me!

Working out of the Townhouse has been an interesting experience in that I'm working side by side with a lot of non-startup people. It's a co-working space full of creatives and freelancers, most of whom who have never pitched an investor, and probably never seen a startup pitch either. Show More Summary

Patience is a Virtue!

My grandmother used to tell me, my brother and sister that “patience is a virtue.” Of course, she used to say it while we were playing gin rummy and she was taking too long to drop a card. But her point was not lost on the Hornik siblings. My grandmother...

Management lessons for startups from great French restaurants – five quick reminders

Steve Denning, a business professor whose work I mostly value for it’s reminder that focusing on the customer is the only route to value creation, has been touring France and visiting Michelin starred restaurants. He observed the following management traits at successful three starred restaurants that have been around for decades. You can also find […]

Announcing August VII

I am extremely excited to announce that my partners at August Capital and I have raised a new fund. This fund is the seventh in August Capital’s twenty year history. And while the venture capital industry has seen a fair amount of change over the last twenty years, our approach...

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Artist: Geto Boys Track: Fuck A War Album: We Can't Be Stopped Released: 1991 Label: Rap-A-Lot Records Lyrics " href="" target="_blank"> Cause two suckers can't agree on something a thousand mutherfuckers die for nothing —Geto Boys, Fuck a War Battle is a highly fluid situation. Show More Summary

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Artist: Outkast Track: Ms. Jackson Album: Stankonia Released: 2001 Label: Arista Lyrics " href="" target="_blank"> Hope that you feel this Feel this way forever You can plan a pretty picnic But you can’t predict the weather. —Outkast, Ms. Jackson

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Artist: Kanye West Track: Black Skinhead Album: Yeezus Released: 2013 Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam Lyrics " href="" target="_blank"> If I knew what I knew in the past I would have been blacked out on your a —Kanye West, Black Skinhead

N.W.A. - Straight Outta Compton | Listen for free at

To me it's kinda funny, the attitude showing a na driving But don't know where the fuck he's going, just rolling —Easy E, “Straight Outta Compton"...

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Wait ’til I get my money right Then you can't tell me nothing, right? —Kanye West, “Can’t Tell Me Nothing”...

A Note On Anonymous, Pseudonymous, Guest, and Regular Commenters

One of the best things about AVC is the engaged and active community that envelopes this blog. It has been for many years a conversation among friends and the occasional stranger. I’ve called it a bar where I get to be the bartender. The people in the community come and go. There are regulars who […]

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