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Has Fred Wilson Jumped the Shark?

When I began reading blogs more than a year ago Fred Wilson’s “A VC” blog was on the top of my blog roll. His message was unique, true and fresh. For me it was a unique perspective into the venture capital world, a world that I thought I understood fairly well. Over […]

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Web 2.0 Failures: Less Painful

Fred Wilson and Paul Kedrosky are blogging about Web 2.0® failures.  Paul is talking about the lack of failures to date and Fred is suggest we wait, they’ll come.  Fred explains that it takes time to fail, perhaps 12 to 18 months just to run out of cash.  John Battelle notes that Web 2.0® companies […]

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How much is enough: Calling in Rich

Each year I get together with a group of business people (i.e. friends) that I met in YEO in the late 90’s for a retreat (typically in Vegas).  Over the years we have talked about how much is enough.  I was reminded of these conversations when I read Fred Wilson’s post on “Calling in Rich.”   […]

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Betting the company

Fred Wilson talks about why it is difficult for big company managers to become successful startup CEOs. To succeed startups need to “bet the company every day.” He suggests that most Fortune 500 managers are taught to mitigate risks and manage the downside. He contends that startups don’t have a downside that […]

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Paradigm shift: scarcity or abundance = value?

Fred Wilson reminds us that, most of us, grew up in a world where scarcity lead to value. He cautions us to realize that in a post-physical, i.e. digital, world abundance leads to value. I won’t repeat his word since you can read them here. But I will suggest that you take […]

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Venture Advice: Too busy to call?

You made the fateful decision to raise outside capital for your startup. Good news you have money to execute your dream and a salary to pay your bills. Bad news you work for someone: your investors. Regardless of whether or not your investors are angels or professional venture capitalists - they want […]

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Union Square Ventures meets with Weblogs Work

Brian, CEO of Weblogs Work, was making the rounds in NYC last week and had the opportuntity to meet with the Union Square Ventures guys (Brad Burnham, Fred Wilson and Charlie O’Donnell).
Union Square is known for their early and very visible investments in social media companies like Feedburner and Delicious. Much of Brian’s conversation […]

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More on Immigration

Fred Wilson makes a good point on immigration.  He argues that we live in a flat world.  That our kids will compete for good jobs with people from China, India, Isreal, Russia, Brazil and every other corner of the globe.  He is right.  We cannot lock the doors to keep our country great.  We need […]

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Great entrepreneurs are:

Super bright, smartest person in the room syndrome
Engaging, compelling, social personalities
An insatiable passion for creating things
An expertise and focus on the product
The ability to rapidly mediate between the market and the development team
A hunger for the big hit (ie the payday)
A flair for PR and marketing
The ability to listen to and really hear what others […]

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So you are going to ignore my advice and raise money. . .

What next? How do you start the fund raising process? Fred Wilson has an interesting post in which he states, “the best way to raise money is to ask for advice and the best way to get advice is to ask for money.”
The advice is sound and the post is enlightening. His […]

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More VCs = Less Success?

According to Fred Wilson, “the success of a company is in inverse proportion to the number of venture capitalist on the board.” I assume he does not advocate throwing HIM off the board, just the other short sighted VC board members filling the seats (just kidding).
Matt, Return Path’s CEO, suggests that founders and managers […]

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