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Experiment On Continuations: Video Ask Me Anything

I love answering questions. On long car rides nothing makes me happier than when our kids ask me something difficult to explain. Makes the drive go by much more quickly. I blame this habit on my Dad who used to be a vocational school teacher in Germany. Show More Summary

Where Fin-Tech Is Struggling with Regulation

A survey released last week by Silicon Valley Bank identified regulation as the biggest concern among financial technology founders and investors. Bruce Wallace, chief digital officer of SVB Financial Group, the parent of Silicon Valley Bank, delves into the trends behind that concern.

Disney’s new streaming service is the way of the future

I’ve long thought that producers of TV and movie content should build direct relationships with their customers over the web. It’s been slow to happen though, largely because the...

Shiftgig Raises $22 Million to Match Hourly Workers to Local Jobs

The company has raised $22 million in Series B venture funding to expand its mobile marketplace, which connects employers with locally available, and previously vetted, hourly workers.

Power Law And The Long Tail

If you look at the distribution of outcomes in a venture fund, you will see that it is a classic power law curve, with the best investment in each fund towering over the rest, followed by a few other strong investments, followed by a few other decent ones, and then a long tail of investments […]

A Bulge, Not a Bubble

Even as recently as Web Summit at the beginning of November I was asked about a Bubble as part of a panel. It has since occurred to me that the problem with using that word to denote possibly overextended valuations is that is suggests a sudden correction in the form of a “popping” or “bursting” of a bubble. Show More Summary

Daily Fantasy Sports: Games of Luck or Skill?

The battle between New York's attorney general and daily fantasy sports companies, which heads to court this week, comes down to this: is it gambling.

How Startups Can Build a Recruiting Machine (Webinar)

The competition for hiring the best top talent in startups has never been higher. The best people are almost never on the market, so it’s imperative to develop recruiting processes to find and sell passive candidates. It may take months or years of relationship building with these candidates to find the right moment when they are open...

Quizlet Raises $12 Million to Take Its Popular Study Tools International

The Quizlet app turns user-generated study materials into educational games. A San Francisco company called Quizlet Inc. has raised $12 million in Series A funding to expand its digital study tools. The Quizlet app started out as a 15-year-old hacker’s homespun replacement for traditional paper flashcards in 2005. Show More Summary


There are some investments that take years to make. They are often our best investments. Quizlet took something like five years to go from a company we got interested in to a USV investment. In March 2009, we hosted an event we called Hacking Education. That was the official start of our focus on education. […]

Startups May Find it Harder to Sell Shares in Mega Secondary Deals

Secondary deals that allowed founders, employees and early investors in startups to cash out before an IPO are getting harder to pull off because of uncertainty in the pre-IPO market.

The modern management mindset

I’m a keen follower of Steve Denning and his writing on strategy, leadership and the future of work. He writes in what might be described as ‘strategy speak’ and is...

App Streaming

We’ve talked a lot here at AVC over the years about the difference between web and mobile and the pain points around mobile web and getting users to download your native app and the challenges of dealing with all of this stuff. Deep linking and app constellations are part of the solution but the mobile […]

Video Of The Week: Building Global Companies Quickly

Bloomberg’s Emily Chang did a great interview with Reid Hoffman earlier this week. I first caught some of it on Bloomberg’s TV channel.  I cannot find the entire video but parts of it are available on Bloomberg and YouTube. Here’s a segment I like where Reid talks about a course he’s teaching at Stanford on […]

McKesson Ventures Bets on Emerging Home-Care Market

Since launching last year, McKesson Ventures has sought out startups that play into large shifts the team sees coming in health care, a hunt that led recently to ClearCare Inc.

Jawbone Lays Off 15% of Employees Amid Heated Rivalry in Wearables 

The company is shutting its New York office and letting go about 60 of its employees as the consumer electronics maker faces industry consolidation amid steep competition from the likes of Fitbit and Apple.

Welcome to the new forEntrepreneurs blog site!

Hello, and welcome to the re-designed forEntrepreneurs blog site!   We’ve updated the design of the forEntrepreneurs blog site in an effort to bring you the same wisdom and resources but with an improved experience. I wanted to make it easier for you to browse and find what you’re looking for, especially when you’re on the go, and to...

Accelerate Your Startup: It’s Time to Floor It

This article was originally published as part of a series of posts on GigaOm. In my two previous blog posts, I’ve discussed the first two of three key phases in a startup life cycle: finding a product/market fit, then determining a repeatable and scalable sales model. Once you’ve determined that the sales funnel process you’ve designed...

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