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Secrets of a successful enterprise software startup founder

Secrets of a successful enterprise software startup founder

It seems every entrepreneur wants to start an enterprise software company. However, many of these founders do not possess a realistic understanding of what selling to the enterprise actually means. While it is true that enterprise budgets can be large, convincing managers to buy your products is often difficult, complex, and time-consuming. Enterprise buyers tend […]

Venture Capital is About Human Capital

Venture Capital is About Human Capital

Gregg Johnson, CEO of Invoca For the first 5 years or so after I became a VC I didn’t talk much about what I thought a VC should be excellent at since frankly I wasn’t sure. I was mostly doing my job and trying to figure out how to be better every day. After a decade […]

Why I Backed a 24-Year-Old Trying to Assess Human Potential

Why I Backed a 24-Year-Old Trying to Assess Human Potential

Last week Upfront Ventures announced backing Rebecca Kantar’s startup Imbellus, a company designed to assess human potential and ultimately change the way we teach children. We led a $4 million investment along with Thrive Capital, GLG and Sound Ventures. The news blogs  covered the what, how and how much but I want to focus on the […]

How Do VCs Choose Their Investors (and should entrepreneurs care?)

How Do VCs Choose Their Investors (and should entrepreneurs care?)

I recently read a blog post by Beezer Clarkson, Managing Director of Sapphire Ventures about why entrepreneurs should care about from whom their VC funds raise their capital. I spent a bunch of time thinking about this position — especially since Beezer is an investor in Upfront Ventures. There are a lot of things I […]

​#CXOTALK Reinventing the legal industry with AI, machine learning, and augmented reality

​#CXOTALK Reinventing the legal industry with AI, machine learning, and augmented reality

The legal industry has a reputation for being slow to change and behind the curve on adopting new technologies. A credible survey of law firms in the UK indicated these facts: 17 percent of partners in the top 25 UK law firms are women 80 percent of the law firms surveyed see digital strategy as […]

What to Make of Andreessen Horowitz’s Returns?

What to Make of Andreessen Horowitz’s Returns?

Rolfe Winkler wrote a piece in the WSJ about A16Z’s returns in which he says they “lag behind Sequoia, Benchmark and Founders Fund.” Scott Kupor of A16Z responded with a comprehensive overview of valuation methodology in a post that while accurate feels more targeted at sophisticated Limited Partners (LPs) who invest in funds. Let me […]

The Pivot You Need to Read About

The Pivot You Need to Read About

GOAT just announced it raised $5 million in venture capital led by our friends at Matrix Partners. On the surface that sounds unremarkable — fundings happen daily. But this isn’t just any funding. GOAT (“Greatest of All Time) is a sneakerhead marketplace that is en fuego, but we led the company’s last financing round in […]