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Getting A VC Job

I get asked a lot about how to get one’s start in the VC industry. I have a somewhat standard response, but realized that I never put it into a blog post.  So, here it is. FYI – this is tuned towards an individual who is still in the relatively early stages of their career. […]


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Things I’m Thinking About As We Approach 2017

I don’t love prediction posts typically, but I suppose this is one of them. I started out writing about a couple things I’ve been observing that I think will end up coming to greater fruition in 2017. Next thing you know, I had a 2017 prediction post 🙂 So, here are three fairly unrelated things […]


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Quick Thoughts on Term Sheets and LOIs

This is something that isn’t that obvious to founders, so I thought I’d write a quick post. When a VC invests in a startup, the two parties usually sign a term sheet that lays out the major terms of the investment round. This is usually followed by several weeks or longer of legal due diligence. […]


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How VC’s Source

One question I get surprisingly often is “how do you find companies to invest in?”. Surprisingly, this isn’t just an LP kind of question, I actually get this a lot from founders or even just friends who are not directly involved in the startup community.  I did a session with the partners of the Dorm […]


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Don’t Be Slippery

All investors are allergic to certain things. One of those things for me (and many investors I know) is what I’ll describe as slippery-ness. When we make an investment, we enter into a long term relationship with founders. The business may change. Things may unfold in unexpected ways. But through the journey, you hope that […]


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Traction vs. Product

I’ve had a couple conversations with other investors recently around what a seed stage company needs to achieve to raise a series A. This is something we think a lot about given that we are exclusively seed stage investors, and we’ve written a fair bit about it in the past (see here for a data […]


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Some Thoughts on Jay’s Side Project “Unthinkable”

I wanted to take moment to share some thoughts on a project you may have seen Jay Acunzo, NextView’s VP of platform,working on over the past few months — a show and related projects under an umbrella called Unthinkable. For those who have followed our firm and our team blogs, you know that the idea of craftsmanship is […]


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Choosing Optimism

I just watched the first two episodes of Black Mirror’s season 3 last night. I love the show – it’s totally my flavor of the dystopian fantasy / technology gone wrong genre. But, I find myself a bit tired of the negativity that these shows portray. It’s probably a result of watching this amidst an […]


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Getting Value from Your Angel Investors

Nearly all seed rounds we are a part of include angel investors. In some cases, there are also smaller checks from funds as well that are playing a support role as opposed to a lead role. In almost all of these cases, these smaller investors were included into a syndicate because they “added value” either […]


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The Shape of Traction

We do a fair bit of investing in companies pre-product and spend a lot of time speaking with entrepreneurs before they have found strong product/market fit. The tricky thing about the period before strong PMF is that it’s rare that things are obviously not working.  If you are a smart, competent team building quality products, usually […]


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