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Berlin-Based Point Nine Names U.S. Adviser To Help Startups Attack U.S. Market

Silicon Valley veteran Michael. R. Wolfe says there's no reason winners can’t come from everywhere.

We Sell the Ultimate Commodity – Money

Last week I participated in a panel discussion at Denver University organized by Maclyn (Mac) Clouse. Mac is a long-time educator and supporter Denver’s entrepreneurial community. I was joined by Peter Adams, Executive Director of the Rockies Venture Club. Mac’s … Read more › The post We Sell the Ultimate Commodity – Money appeared first on Non-Linear.

Introducing Digital Fortress

Today, my Partners and I at Meritage Funds announced that we've established a new platform in the data center colocation market. Headquartered in Seattle, WA, Digital Fortress operates nearly 50,000 square feet of data center colocation space, focused on delivering high-power density installations to enterprise customers. Show More Summary

Finding the Proverbial Pony

Tech people use the phrase "there is a pony in here somewhere" to describe a tough situation where there is a hidden big opportunity. I hear it most often in the context of a stagnating business that can't seem to break-out and needs a new catalyst for growth. Show More Summary

One Surefire Way to Screw up Your Lifestyle Business

Some businesses are designed - maybe even destined - to be owner operated. Industry parlance often refers to these businesses as lifestyle businesses. Wikipedia has a nice definition. They are typically small, profitable, generate cash and enable their owner-operator to sustain a well-above average lifestyle. Show More Summary

Relationships Matter; Repeat Relationships Matter More

From what I'm told by my more senior Partners, the venture and private equity business used to be clubby. That is to say that business between firms was done on the basis of relationships and repeat interactions. Bad behavior was held in check by the small size of the industry. Show More Summary

Ignore the Headline

I'm not here to make a statement about the press, although I might be all too happy to get on that soapbox. I'm talking about doing diligence. We investor types juggle a lot of tasks on any given day and given that time is limited, we have limited time for any one task. Show More Summary

As Health IT Stays Hot, Healthbox Boosts Accelerators Program

Medical software and information services funding soared 130% in the first quarter, showing the interest in early-stage digital health startups.

LendingClub Deal Continues Venture Capital Surge in Lending Startups

Venture investors poured more cash into loan providers in the first quarter of this year than in any other quarter on record.

Connecting the Sellers of NYC's Salesperson Community

What's easier to hire for in NYC? Developers or salespeople? Well, let's see... if hiring is a function of the top of the funnel--the number of leads you get, you have to imagine that at least finding larger pockets of those people is helpful to the process. There are two meetups of Ruby devs that total over 3,000 people in NYC. Show More Summary

Feature Friday: Comedy On SoundCloud

Where is the next Howard Stern going to emerge? I don’t think it will be terrestrial or satellite radio. I think its more likely that he or she will emerge from a place like our portfolio company SoundCloud. There is a ton of comedy on SoundCloud and its growing very fast. But discovery has been […]

Liberating (Innovation in) Mobile

Chris Dixon recently wrote a post about the decline of the mobile web and the shift to apps and how that is hurting innovation. Fred expanded on that theme in his post on the mobile downturn. So it is worth thinking about what we need to get to a model of permissionless innovation in mobile. Show More Summary

Dropbox Acquires Startups Loom, Hackpad in Push to Expand Services

The photo-sharing and document-collaboration services help to move the company beyond storage.

Empirical Support for the Boulder Thesis

Yesterday, Kauffman Foundation released a study that provided empirical support for the Boulder Thesis that I came up with in my book Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City. The study is excellent ifShow More Summary

Traces – A Group Show For Young Artists

It always makes me happy to see my daughter Emily send a tweet, my son Josh repost a song on SoundCloud, and my daughter Jessica post something to her Tumblr. They aren’t always so keen to use the services we back at USV, but they do come around to them from time to time. But […]

U.S. Venture Capital Investment Highest Since 2001

Growing investor confidence pushes deal totals 44% higher than the first period of 2013.

Boxbee Raises $2.3M to Make Easy Work of Moving and Self-Storage

New York City startup Boxbee raised $2.3 million to rethink the old business of shipping and self-storage.

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