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On Leadership. And Diversity of Character.

What does it mean to be a leader? It’s relative […] The post On Leadership. And Diversity of Character. appeared first on Bothsides of the Table.

Coupa Valued at More Than $1 Billion in New Funding Round

The company calls its business “savings-as-a-service,” as it is used by midsize and large corporations to save on costs for a range of goods

Technological Underemployment: Addressing Common Objections

I have been writing a lot about the impact of technology on the labor market, arguing that we need a Universal Basic Income.  My basic premise is that technological progress is making it harder and harder for people to earn enough to cover their basic needs.  Across these posts I have encountered a set of objections. Show More Summary

A Month with No Funding Announcements

Every other day, some startup is raising some ludicrous amount of money at some outlandish valuation. It feels like the mother of all pissing contests and tech journalists seem all too willing to play along. Is it really going to make...Show More Summary

Hedvig Adds Another $18 Million for Software-Defined Storage

The company's technology is in use by customers in retail, the financial sector, iron ore mining and other industries.

Hot Seat by Dan Shapiro: A Book Every Startup CEO Should Read

On Saturday, I polished off Hot Seat: The Startup CEO Guidebook. I started it last weekend at the tail end of my Weekend Reading on Startup Communities but four books weren’t in me so I didn’t finish it. It was excellent and is now on my “all startup CEOs must read” list. Show More Summary

While You Were Away

I saw this in my twitter feed this morning I like that a lot. I don’t see every tweet that is in my feed. I like the idea of Twitter figuring out the ones I’d like to make sure to see and put it right up front and center. Kind of like Gmail’s Priority Inbox, […]

Startup goal: be the leader when technology approaches 10% adoption

With this slide in her Internet Trends deck Mary Meeker is making the point that as internet penetration passes through 10-20% in India companies matching the scale and significance of...

Monday Morning Quarterbacking

Reading the comment thread from yesterday reminded me of something fundamental and true. It is easy to critique but hard to do. A big part of my job is to sit on boards and when you do that, your primary role is to evaluate the performance of senior management, particularly the CEO. As someone who […]

One Simple Paragraph Every Entrepreneur Should Add to Their Convertible Notes

I’m so tired of seeing young entrepreneurs get sc […] The post One Simple Paragraph Every Entrepreneur Should Add to Their Convertible Notes appeared first on Bothsides of the Table.

Being A Male Advocate

In my role as chair of the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT), I’ve learned that one of the powerful things men can do in the gender equality discussion is be a male advocate. This is easy to say, but difficult to do. Recently, there has been some controversy around the role of... Read more The post Being A Male Advocate appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

Video Of The Week: Dick Costolo at Re/code

I like how Dick answers the question about whether he’s going to be CEO of Twitter by the end of the year. It is about time that Twitter articulates how large their audience really is and why their usage numbers can’t be compared directly to Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram. Full disclosure, I own a lot […]

Beepi Raising ‘Monster Round’ to Scale Used-Car Marketplace

Beepi Inc. is raising at least $300 million in a funding round that would value the used-car marketplace at more than $2 billion and bankroll the national expansion of its service, which lets people purchase cars with a few taps of their...Show More Summary

Fun Friday: Office Art

We have some fun office art at USV. The most recent addition is an Electric Objects digital frame. Here’s a short video of it in action. If you have cool art in your office, or home, pls share it with us.

Chinese marketplaces – lower commission drives faster growth

We invest in a lot of marketplaces and one of the questions we wrestle with a lot is determining the optimum commission level. Most of the time 10-20% feels like...

Some Thoughts on Twitter as a Micro-Blogging Tool

Planning a threaded Tweetstorm? Here’s the rules: […] The post Some Thoughts on Twitter as a Micro-Blogging Tool appeared first on Bothsides of the Table.

Some Interesting Marketing Learnings from Naturebox (via our new podcast)

We recently launched our new Podcast “Traction”. Check it out here. One of my recent interviews was with Ken Chen, the co-founder and CMO at Naturebox. The company is doing great and Ken is a very strong performance marketer. There were...Show More Summary

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