Venture Capital: Variance, Speed and Volume

Looking at venture capital investment during the first half of 2016, Redpoint's Tomasz Tunguz has a nice piece (and several graphs) on the flux in the fundraising market -- early stage deals (Series A) have nosedived by a whopping one-third, as have later stage financings, while expansion stage financings (Series B) are up substantially. This view is a little bit…

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The Little Start Ups That Couldn’t

In entrepreneurial culture, success dominates the airwaves. A brand new company can succeed in many ways: attracting press, landing influential seed investors, winning contests, and through stories of individual users. This culture is so strong, that the second act of an entrepreneur is often seeding additional entrepreneurs. But the success of a new company quickly fades into the mundane, and…

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A Cold Shower for Startup Communities?

Like many people, we are big fans of startup communities. We'd like to think that the benefits of these groups, and their economic and social impact, is self-evident. But we're even bigger fans of contrarian reasoning, and having one's beliefs challenged is thought-provoking, so this post naturally caught our eye. for it turns out that there might be a little more…

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Lessons from Start-Up School

As the incubator model spreads and both virtual and real communities of start-ups proliferate, entrepreneurs learning from entrepreneurs is becoming more of an every-day event. Several groups are institutionalizing these lessons, and even opening them up to casual observers.  At the recent Y Combinator's Startup School event, it was as if one of the classmates in the front row took…

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