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Changes in the Venture Capital Funding Environment

Changes in the Venture Capital Funding Environment

Changes in the Venture Capital Funding Environment The funding environment for tech startups is an ever shifting ground as we go through predictable shifts that go hand-in-hand with the slowing of the overall market. The most important shift I would characterize as the market moving from “high conviction” and thus strong follow-ons to “limited conviction” […]

How I Invest

How I Invest

I was speaking recently to the team at NuOrder, an LA-based company we’re an investor in about “realism in startups” — an impromptu talk I have given to any of our portfolio companies who ask. During the Q&A I was asked about how I make investment decisions in early-stage businesses. I was asked again in an LP […]

Facebook LIVE with SAP's Millennial CIO: 'Customer satisfaction is a competitive advantage'

Facebook LIVE with SAP’s Millennial CIO: ‘Customer satisfaction is a competitive advantage’

Discussions about digital transformation and the CIO role usually evolve toward one of two conclusions: CIOs are destined to become stewards of infrastructure, more or less disconnected from broader business strategy. Call this the doom and gloom case. Digital transformation has created a golden era of CIO opportunity, where IT can participate in the most […]

Why Solving Big Food & Healthcare Problems Will Yield Spectacular Companies

Why Solving Big Food & Healthcare Problems Will Yield Spectacular Companies

I’ve spoken before about our desire at Upfront Ventures to fund really big ideas that solve hard problems, are science led and if successful will both have a positive effect on people’s lives as well as make great financial returns. We’re not Pollyannaish about this. We believe that it is incrementally harder to differentiate on […]

What is it Like to Wake Up and Have the Press Ready to Torpedo Your Business?

What is it Like to Wake Up and Have the Press Ready to Torpedo Your Business?

In case you missed it, the press yesterday ran several stories questioning the viability of a wireless charging company I invested in called uBeam. Obviously my day turned out very differently than I had anticipated when I woke up, but it wasn’t half as bad as the entire team at uBeam must have felt yesterday. […]

CIO alert: Information technology is a $4 trillion global business

CIO alert: Information technology is a $4 trillion global business

Research from IT advocacy group, CompTIA, offers interesting data about the size, scope, and growth of the information technology industry. For CIOs and other IT professionals, understanding the trends can help you create company strategy, identify job opportunities, understand areas of growth, and sidestep the impact of industry weakness. For example, there is a skills […]

How Would You Build a Movie Studio if You Started Today?

How Would You Build a Movie Studio if You Started Today?

I met Andrew Stalbow and Petri Järvilehto from Seriously several years ago after they had just left Angry Birds where they were responsible for international business development / licensing and the game studio, respectively. They had a new company in mind and they posed a question to me “If Walt Disney were to try and […]