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The newest startup networking party in SF: Weekday morning dance parties

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The newest startup networking party in SF: Weekday morning dance parties

July 20, 2014 7:50 am by | 0 Comments

Free spirits, bright colors, and quirky music could easily describe any San Francisco scene, but nothing fit that description better than a crowd of young San Franciscans gathered for a dance…


Take the high road when someone rips off your site design

Take the high road when someone rips off your site design

July 20, 2014 11:13 am by | 0 Comments

I recently received the following email: I am in a bit of a dilemma and would really appreciate any insight you all have on what to do. Last month, my team…


If Steve Jobs is an entrepreneurial hero, Silicon Valley should take some lessons from him

If Steve Jobs is an entrepreneurial hero, Silicon Valley should take some lessons from him

July 14, 2014 2:04 pm by | 0 Comments

Just about every tech leader in Silicon Valley says they admire Steve Jobs, but when it comes to following his lead, where’s the love? Visit any hacker hangout, tech firm,…



Will your idea make money quickly? Can you go all-in? 5 considerations for potential bootstrappers

Will your idea make money quickly? Can you go all-in? 5 considerations for potential bootstrappers

July 3, 2014 12:00 pm by | 0 Comments

Dreams of starting your own business are often filled with fantasies of coming up with a great idea, and venture capital firms fighting to fund it for you. But as…


Company selling ‘NSA-proof’ e-mail blasts through its fundraising goal in 5 days

Company selling ‘NSA-proof’ e-mail blasts through its fundraising goal in 5 days

June 22, 2014 1:42 pm by | 0 Comments

ProtonMail, an encrypted email service that advertises itself as “NSA-proof,” launched to much acclaim about a month ago. Since then, the company says it has signed up 200,000 users – and…


Apple’s crackdown on incentivizing app installs means marketers need new tricks

Apple’s crackdown on incentivizing app installs means marketers need new tricks

June 22, 2014 1:00 pm by | 0 Comments

Following the initial buzz surrounding Apple’s WWDC event earlier this month, brands and mobile agencies are starting to come to terms with the impact Apple’s significant app store changes could have…


Why VC firms are raising separate late-stage growth or ‘opportunity’ funds

Why VC firms are raising separate late-stage growth or ‘opportunity’ funds

June 22, 2014 9:30 am by | 0 Comments

With this week’s announcement that early-stage VC Greycroft has raised a $200 million growth fund, this type of fund has officially become a trend. But before we dig into the dynamics of…


Sensor study: People are ‘more engaged and less territorial’ during stand up meetings

Sensor study: People are ‘more engaged and less territorial’ during stand up meetings

June 21, 2014 11:28 am by | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Walking while working, usually on a treadmill, has been gaining popularity in recent years, but the next office innovation should be standing while meeting, according…



Here’s what Tesla’s ‘good faith’ patent stance actually means

Here’s what Tesla’s ‘good faith’ patent stance actually means

June 15, 2014 2:57 pm by | 0 Comments

When he isn’t talking about commercial space travel, Elon Musk is totally that guy. You know, the one that’s always stopping the public discourse to ask, “Excuse me, do you…


Elon Musk is a hero to entrepreneurs and VC both for releasing Tesla’s patents

Elon Musk is a hero to entrepreneurs and VC both for releasing Tesla’s patents

June 14, 2014 6:27 pm by | 1 Comments

Fred Wilson beat me to it this morning with his post A Big Win For The Patent Reform Movement but he’s got a couple of hour time zone advantage over me. Regardless,…


Getting an introduction to an investor? Here’s the thought process behind one VC’s first impression

Getting an introduction to an investor? Here’s the thought process behind one VC’s first impression

June 13, 2014 10:45 am by | 0 Comments

My friend Ed Zimmerman wrote a terrific post for his WSJ blog, “Help Me Help You”, on soliciting him (and others like him) for investor introductions. I wanted to add to Ed’s…


The art of ‘negatism’ — or, why every startup needs a dose of Debbie Downer once in a while

The art of ‘negatism’ — or, why every startup needs a dose of Debbie Downer once in a while

June 12, 2014 8:46 am by | 0 Comments

Negatism is “the act of learning from negative outcomes or behaviors” — and boy, will we petition heavily to officially add this word to the dictionary. However, if “negatism” can’t…


Money doesn’t talk: Why some startups don’t announce seed financings any more

Money doesn’t talk: Why some startups don’t announce seed financings any more

June 9, 2014 5:16 am by | 0 Comments

Most of the startups we’ve backed at Homebrew don’t rush to announce their funding. Not because they’re all operating in stealth or pre-product – in fact some already are earning…


Bootstrapping, for the win! 4 reasons not having early investors can actually be great

Bootstrapping, for the win! 4 reasons not having early investors can actually be great

June 3, 2014 10:45 am by | 0 Comments

Virtually the only startups that get serious press are the ones that raise large rounds. As entertaining as it is to follow the rock-star fundraisers, what about the founders who…


Does more venture capital lead to a bigger exit? Not exactly, according to Exitround’s analysis

Does more venture capital lead to a bigger exit? Not exactly, according to Exitround’s analysis

May 30, 2014 4:30 pm by | 0 Comments

Bulking up on venture capital doesn’t always result in a happy payday down the line. It can actually lead to a less valuable exit, a new study from the research group…


There comes a point when a company must let go of the ‘startup’ label. This might be it.

There comes a point when a company must let go of the ‘startup’ label. This might be it.

May 30, 2014 9:30 am by | 0 Comments

After $336 million in VC funding, reaching a valuation of $1 billion and a staff of 700 employees, how did Jason Goldberg describe his troubled company Fab last month? It’s…