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May 6, 2014

There is a ton of chatter today in the news about the expiring lock-up of Twitter shares and what it means for the company and its prospects long term. There have been a ton of headlines over the past few weeks comparing Twitter to Facebook. The narrative goes something like this: “Twitter usage is not […]

May 5, 2014

Seed stage investing has developed significantly over the past 7 years that I’ve been in VC. What started as a rogue, almost anti-VC strategy has become very common. It’d pretty standard for entrepreneurs to contemplate raising an “institutional seed round” prior to approaching VC’s for series A rounds. Many have said that the institutional seed is […]

April 28, 2014

Early stage founders have to do a lot of storytelling.  It’s important for fundraising, obviously, but also for recruiting, speaking to the press, motivating the team, etc. There has been a meme going around about a talk that Kurt Vonnegut gave regarding the “shapes” of stories.  The idea that there are only so many different […]

April 22, 2014

Not sure why, but over the last few years, quite a few people I know took on EIR roles at various VC firms in both the East Coast and in Silicon Valley.  Overall, there are positives and negatives to being an EIR.  The positives are kind of obvious: A reasonable paycheck to work off of while […]

April 14, 2014

There was great news yesterday in the MA entrepreneurial community when Governor Patrick proposed sweeping legislation to ban companies from enforcing non-compete agreements.  I’m really excited about this, and think that it will have a big impact.  But just as important in my mind is a proposal that was introduced to allow international entrepreneurs to […]

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  • David Beisel
     - 1 day ago
    "Some of the world's biggest ecommerce sites are getting in the native [advertising] game" -@adage http://t.co/7WjmyJ4Xai
  • Lee Hower
     - 1 day ago
    Congrats to Amino on their new round, happy for both @Benjo430 and @aweissman to see them collaborate
  • Lee Hower
     - 1 day ago
    couldn't come up with a more original name? Seriously? - 'HotelQuickly, a Hong Kong-based last-minute hotel booking app, has raised $4.5M..'
  • Lee Hower
     - 1 day ago
    @OBJLPhil yep, plus natural given their legacy as an enterprise platform co w/ Windows/Exchange/Office

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