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5 factors founders must consider before choosing their VC

Kunal Lunawat Contributor Share on Twitter Kunal Lunawat is the co-founder and managing partner of Agya Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on proptech, travel, hospitality and the future of the built world. Though 2021 is far from over, it’s already witnessed a record level of venture capital activity in the technology sector. With larger round sizes announced daily, founders may have their pick of term sheets — but they...
Tags: Startups, Column, Entrepreneurship, Funding, Tech, United States, Venture Capital, Brad Feld, Private Equity, Mark Suster, Jason Mendelson, EC Column, EC How To, Kunal Lunawat, Agya Ventures


A new book coauthored by Brad Feld invites founders to get their weekly Nietzsche

In all likelihood, you do not currently associate Friedrich Nietzsche, the German philosopher, essayist and cultural critic, with entrepreneurship. Serial entrepreneurs Brad Feld and Dave Jilk — whose friendship dates back to their college days at MIT — think that you should. Indeed, in the forward of their new book, The Entrepreneur’s Weekly Nietzsche: A Book For Disruptors, another renowned entrepreneur (and formerly philosophy student), Reid Hoffman, explains how Nietzsche has inspired him to...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Tech, Mit, Dave, Reid Hoffman, Brad Feld, Keystone, Ryan Holiday, Amy, Ryan, Maureen, Friedrich Nietzsche, Feld, Nietzsche, Dave Jilk


A Weird and Wacky Approach To Angel Investing

An Odd Start To My Angel Investing I started my first company at around the age of 24. It was called Pyramid Digital Solutions and it was a CRM (Customer Relationship Management) company in the financial services vertical. I bootstrapped it, ran it for about 10 years and then sold it to a large software company in an all cash, no attachments deal. Now, I had something I’d never had before -- liquidity. Or in simpler terms -- money. Which, as it turns out is a highly underrated thing (more on t...
Tags: Startups, Okta, Linkedin, Mit, Brad Feld, Brian, Coinbase, HubSpot, Jason Calacanis, Todd, Freddie, IRR, Brian Halligan, Dharmesh Shah, Mark Roberge, Brian Shin


Mentors

Look at any successful person; Angela Merkel, LeBron James, Oprah Winfrey, Jeff Bezos, and you will see someone who has benefitted tremendously from one or more mentors in their life. Nobody gets somewhere on their own. Everyone has help. I was reminded of this when I read this touching remembrance that my friend Brad Feld wrote about his mentor Len Fassler yesterday. I first met Brad a few years after Len bought Brad’s first company and a few years before Brad and Len went through hell with ...
Tags: Trends, USV, Bliss, Life Lessons, Brad Feld, Brad, Milton, Len, University Club, Joanne, Wharton, Albert Wenger, Interliant, Len Fassler, Bliss McCrum, Milton Pappas


Denver Startup Week 2020

Denver Startup Week, the largest startup week in the world, happens next week. In the time of Covid, it’s virtual, so I hope we attract a lot of people from all over the world. I’m involved in a bunch of stuff this year, which I’ll list below, but I want to highlight a few specific events, including the Keynote Kickoff with Robert Smith of Vista Equity Partners who grew up in Denver. He will be doing a fireside chat with Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock. There is a large effort ...
Tags: Colorado, Events, Trends, Dave, Brad Feld, Denver, Robert Smith, Feld, Vista Equity Partners, Jared Polis, Dave Morin, Denver Startup Week, Wendy Lea, Diversity Equity, Michael B Hancock, Startup Community Way


Building a Vibrant Entrepreneurial Community In Your City

Many cities in the country complain about the lack of entrepreneurial activity in their community. They express disappointment that they are not more like entrepreneurial hubs in San Francisco, Austin or Boston. On the Small Business Radio Show this week, Brad Feld believes this is all wrong. He has been a leader in the startup community since he became an entrepreneur in 1987 and then subsequently an early stage investor. Brad is also a co-founder of Techstars. Brad Feld Interview on Entrepre...
Tags: Boston, Sales, Brad Feld, Boulder, Brad, Boulder Colorado, John Hickenlooper, Your City, Small Business News, San Francisco Austin, Small Business Radio Show, COVID


Batteries, fusion, and hydropower: Meet the 25 startups that Bill Gates is betting on to revolutionize the future of energy

Microsoft cofounder and former CEO Bill Gates is the second richest person in the world, with a net worth over $110 billion.  He's invested a sizeable chunk of cash into clean-energy companies, largely through a billion-dollar fund he spearheads called Breakthrough Energy Ventures.  Gates funds a wide range of technologies, but many of them fall within the categories of long-duration storage, nuclear energy, and carbon capture.  Business Insider compiled a list of the 25 clean-energy companies...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, California, Stanford, Boston, Nigeria, Trends, Tesla, Paypal, Earth, Mit, Bill Gates, Peter Thiel, Denmark, Brad Feld, Silicon Valley


#598 How to Make Your City an Entrepreneurial Hotspot

Listen to “#598 How to Make Your City an Entrepreneurial Hotspot” on Spreaker.         On this episode of The Small Business Radio Show… SEGMENT 1, starting at 0:00: It used to be that entrepreneurs would need to move out to Silicon Valley to start their companies, but that’s simply not the case anymore. Startup activity is humming in Atlanta, Detroit, Denver, Kansas City, Nashville, Indianapolis, and more. What does it take for a city to become a thriving entrepreneurial hotspot? Here to help...
Tags: Small Business, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Sales, Los Angeles, Startup, Brad Feld, Silicon Valley, Boulder, Foundry Group, Branding, Radio Show, Brad, Boulder Colorado, Feld, Mobius Venture Capital


New Normal: A conversation with Brad Feld of Foundry Group

I have been doing video interviews with a number of CIOs, software executives and practitioners about acrobatics they have been seeing in various vertical sectors during the COVID-19 crisis and the "New normal" they can expect as the economy wakes... [Author: vinnie]
Tags: Trends, Brad Feld, Foundry Group, Vinnie, Vertical Markets (Banking, Retail etc, Global and Vertical extensions, New Normal COVID-19


Book and Podcast Suggestions for This Weekend

The week after George Floyd was murdered, I decided to read a book a week by a Black author. I went online and found a bunch of lists that had popped up. I bought about 25 books, all in physical form, and piled them up on my reading table near my couch. On Saturdays, my primary activities of the day are reading, running, napping, and being with Amy. Two weeks ago, I read Ibram X. Kendi’s book How To Be An Antiracist. Last weekend I read Ta-Nehisi Coates’ book Between the World and Me. Tomorro...
Tags: Books, John Lewis, Trends, Oxford, Brad Feld, Harry, Ta Nehisi Coates, Len, Feld, Coates, Tracy Lawrence, Jerry Colonna, Kendi, Harry Stebbings, Ibram X Kendi, Debora MacKenzie


Eric Ries’ Foreword to The Startup Community Way

My new book with Ian Hathaway, The Startup Community Way, is officially out. When I saw the Kindle download first thing this morning, I felt a moment of unbridled joy. Writing a book is extremely hard. I’ve now written seven of them, all about startups and entrepreneurship. My next one, which I’ve been working on for a year with Dave Jilk (my first business partner), combined entrepreneurship and philosophy. Well, Dave’s been working on it a lot more than I have – I’ve been the slacker in thi...
Tags: Trends, Dave, Brad Feld, Tim Ferriss, Ian, Eric, Brad, Feld, Eric Ries, Ian Hathaway, Dave Jilk, The Lean Startup, Startup Communities, Startup Way, Startup Community Way, Eric Ian


The Startup Community Way

My friend Brad Feld has updated his excellent book on startup ecosystems called Startup Communities. The updated and expanded book is called The Startup Community Way and it is available for pre-order on Amazon. The book comes out tomorrow so you won’t have to wait long for it. The timing of this book is excellent. The pandemic has shown that you don’t have to live and work in any particular place to be productive and innovative. This suggests to me that we will see tech entrepreneurship a...
Tags: Amazon, Books, US, Trends, Brad Feld, Albert Wenger, Startup Community Way


Notable VC Brad Feld says tech workers scattered by COVID-19 could create new startup communities that are unique to each region

Techstars co-founder Brad Feld's new book "The Startup Community Way," a deep take on how to build a local tech community, comes out July 28. Feld told Business Insider that the tech workers abandoning traditional tech enclaves like Silicon Valley in the midst of COVID-19 have the potential to create new entrepreneurial communities in the places where they settle. But startups and VCs in those communities will need to avoid trying to dominate each other if they want their new tech clusters to ...
Tags: New York, Microsoft, Colorado, Boston, New York City, US, Trends, Austin, United States, Michael Dell, Brad Feld, Silicon Valley, Boulder, Seattle, TechStars, Foundry Group


Stop trying to make more Silicon Valleys, VC Brad Feld argues in a new book that comes just as techies are relocating to cities across the US

Startup communities are too unique to be replicated or controlled, Techstars founder Brad Feld and researcher Ian Hathaway write in their new book: "The Startup Community Way: Evolving an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem." "The Startup Community Way" is a deep, theoretical take on what makes startup communities thrive due out July 28. Local tech scenes are special because they unpredictably come up with powerful new ideas, Feld and Hathaway write. One way to cultivate idea generation is to avoid lett...
Tags: Twitter, Oregon, US, San Francisco, Trends, Brad Feld, Silicon Valley, Boulder, Foundry Group, Hathaway, Boulder Colorado, Feld, Palo Alto Calif, Ian Hathaway, Silicon Slopes, Silicon Valley Boston


Startups Weekly: The TechCrunch List reveals investors who founders love to work with

Editor’s note: Get this free weekly recap of TechCrunch news that any startup can use by email every Saturday morning (7am PT). Subscribe here. We’re pleased to kick off this week’s newsletter by sharing an important new project: The TechCrunch List. It’s a database of investors who have shown a commitment to first checks and leading rounds from seed through growth, based on founder recommendations we’ve received as well as learnings from our own research. Our goal is to quickly help founders ta...
Tags: Apple, Google, Startups, TC, Ipo, India, US, Tech, Getty Images, Beijing, Brad Feld, Equity, Edtech, Sequoia, Lucas Matney, Alex Wilhelm


VC Brad Feld has a new book — and some advice — for startups trying to deal with the unknowable

Brad Feld, the longtime investor and founder of both Foundry Group in Boulder, Co., and Techstars, the now-global accelerator program, has a new book coming out next week called “The Startup Community Way: Evolving an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem,” in which he and co-author Ian Hathaway offer some advice about how to make burgeoning startup communities as powerful as possible now that they exist around the world. We caught up with Feld to talk about the book; we also wound up discussing what founde...
Tags: TC, Boston, Tech, Venture Capital, Nba, Brad Feld, Alexis Ohanian, Foundry Group, Formlabs, Feld, Boulder CO, Ian Hathaway, COVID


Two Screens

Last December, my friend Brad Feld stopped by to see me in Los Angeles and I proudly showed him my home office with a separate Zoom Room. He looked at me with a quizzical look on his face and said “why don’t you have two screens on the wall?” I asked why and he explained that Zoom allows you to have the gallery on one screen and the person or material presenting on the other. So I added a second screen and was blown away by the better experience in video meetings. When we left Los Angeles at ...
Tags: Los Angeles, Trends, USV, Life Lessons, Brad Feld, Union Square Ventures Jun, AppraisalNick Grossman Jun


Batteries, fusion, and hydropower: Meet the 24 clean-energy startups that Bill Gates is backing

Microsoft cofounder and former CEO Bill Gates is the second richest person in the world, with a net worth over $100 billion.  He's invested a sizeable chunk of cash into clean-energy companies, largely through a billion-dollar fund he spearheads called Breakthrough Energy Ventures.  Most of the startups he funds address three solutions Gates says are necessary for the clean-energy transition: Long-duration storage, nuclear energy and carbon capture, and power transmission.  Business Insider co...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, California, Stanford, Boston, Nigeria, Trends, Tesla, Paypal, Earth, Mit, Bill Gates, Peter Thiel, Denmark, Brad Feld, Silicon Valley


These are the top 5 tips from a group of veteran tech CEOs and VCs on guiding your company through the looming coronavirus-driven downturn

Tech investors David Cohen and Brad Fed hosted an hour-long roundtable discussion on Tuesday with three veteran tech executives who have founded and sold companies for over 20 years.  Scott Dorsey, Bernee Strom and Paul Berberian all shared their own experiences of leading a company during the past two economic downturns, steering a company through the 9/11 crisis, and what they wish they had done to better guide their companies. Here are the 5 pieces of advice that they for company leaders na...
Tags: Colorado, Boston, Trends, Brad Feld, Silicon Valley, David Cohen, Salesforce, TechStars, Polaroid, Paul Berberian, Foundry Group, Dorsey, Feld, Foundry, Berberian, Scott Dorsey


Spring Break At Home

The Gotham Gal and I have been largely self quarantining in our home for the last two weeks and are preparing to continue doing so for a while longer. It’s a bit depressing to be honest and I’ve been looking for ways to get the proper mental state for what could be an extended stay at home. My friend Brad Feld wrote a blog post yesterday calling this “spring break at home.” I like that framing. It puts a positive spin on this challenging situation. Our oldest daughter told me that a lot of great...
Tags: Trends, USV, Life Lessons, Brad Feld, Gotham Gal, Bethany Crystal


How to make a deal with a VC at a tech conference

Mahendra Ramsinghani Contributor Share on Twitter Mahendra Ramsinghani is the founder of Secure Octane Investments, which includes Demisto, CyberGRX and 16 other infrastructure and cybersecurity companies. He is the author of "The Business of Venture Capital" and "Startup Boards," co-authored with Brad Feld. More posts by this contributor With Alibaba, Pivotal and Lightbend on board, Reactive flexes its ROI muscle...
Tags: Column, Tech, Fundraising, Venture Capital, Brad Feld, Private Equity, Rsa, Conferences, Foundation Capital, Accel Partners, Institutional Venture Partners, Palo Alto Networks, Techcrunch Disrupt, Sxsw, Wing Venture Capital, Trivedi


Venture Deals Spring 2020 Course – Now Open for Registration!

Raising capital can be one of the most difficult parts of the founder journey. The more you know about cap tables and term sheets, negotiating tactics and letters of intent, the better positioned you’ll be for investor meetings. Techstars cofounder Brad Feld and Techstars mentor Jason Mendelson—partners at the Foundry Group, and authors of Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist—are excited to open enrollment for their Venture Deals, Spring 2020 online course. If you’re...
Tags: Startups, Resources, Brad Feld, Jason, Foundry Group, Week, Ama, Brad, Venture Deals, About Techstars, Jason Mendelson, Economics Control Week, NovoEdu, Right VC Week


The Zoom Room

A year and a half ago, I converted my office at USV from a classic office with a desk to a small conference room with a couch, a chair, and a display for videoconferencing. I call it my “zoom room.” It looks like this. You can’t see the display because it is on the wall that the couch is facing. But that is my zoom room office at USV. I like it so much that I have recreated it elsewhere and my friend Brad Feld gave me a tip that I am now using which is to have two displays on the ...
Tags: Trends, USV, Life Lessons, Brad Feld, Nick Grossman, Andrew YangDani Grant


New Podcast – Funding Frequency

I do a lot of random podcasts and especially like to be an early guest on new ones to help get them started. 001 – Brad Feld The first five episodes are with me, David Cohen, Susan Conover, Amos Schwartzfarb, and Charlie O’Donnell. Andrew Waine is the producer. He’s currently a senior at the University of Florida finishing his Bachelor’s degree in the Summer of 2020. He reminds me of a young Harry Stebbings of the 20 Minute VC who reached out to me early (I was on Harry’s 65t...
Tags: Podcast, Trends, USV, Venture Capital, Brad Feld, Harry, University of Florida, Foundry Group, Fred Wilson, Venture Deals, Harry Stebbings, Jack Tankersley, David Cohen Susan Conover Amos Schwartzfarb, Charlie O'Donnell Andrew Waine


Nate Schmidt Joins Techstars Alabama EnergyTech Accelerator as Managing Director

In 2010 my brother Mike and I took our e-gift card startup, Instagift, through Techstars Seattle. The experience changed my life. We were guided by incredible mentors, worked in an amazing space, and ultimately raised money for the first time in our entrepreneurial careers. My favorite part of my Techstars experience was spending every day, for three straight months, surrounded by other founders fighting for their early stage companies. Those long days and late nights as a group were magical. B...
Tags: Startups, Kansas, Brad Feld, Silicon Valley, Birmingham, Announcements, Seattle, TechStars, South, Accelerators, Southern, Mike, Brad, Nate Schmidt, Southern Company, Alabama Power


David Cohen & Brad Feld on what they’ve learned from 20 episodes of the Give First podcast

David Cohen and Brad Feld muse on the terrific guests they’ve talked to so far and tease some new guests, announcements, and books coming soon. Back in June 2019, David Cohen and Brad Feld looked back at their first six episodes of the Give First podcast, and decided that while they were pretty pleased, they’d probably need to do about 20-30 to really hit their stride.  Seven months later, they’ve passed number 20, so they’re taking another moment to check in. Listen for reflections ...
Tags: Startups, Podcast, David, Brad Feld, David Cohen, TechStars, Brad, Rebecca Lovell, About Techstars, Harry Stebbings, Give First, Give First Podcast, Techstars Press


Deciding how much equity to give your key employees

Lewis Hower Contributor Share on Twitter Lewis Hower connects Silicon Valley Bank and VC/startup communities as a Managing Director with SVB Startup Banking. More posts by this contributor Manage your angel investors, or they’ll manage you Anu Shukla had found the perfect VP of Engineering to help her build her latest startup, a company called RewardsPay. By that point, she had founded or cofounded se...
Tags: Startups, Column, Tech, Venture Capital, Brad Feld, Talent, Silicon Valley Bank, Index Ventures, Seedcamp, James Currier, Currier, Feld, Shukla, Mendelson, NFX, Shulka


TechStars’s new CEO on the state of the famed accelerator and what’s next for 2020

Like another famous accelerator program founded around the same time, Techstars has grown considerably since its 2006 launch in Boulder, Colorado. In fact, the brand seems to be in so many places that it’s hard to keep track of its reach, along with its impact. Where is Techstars, exactly? Who funds it? And how many startups have passed through its program? We caught up yesterday with co-founder and CEO David Brown, who shared CEO duties with co-founder David Cohen until recently, and h...
Tags: TC, Accelerator, South Korea, Tech, Ministry Of Defence, Venture Capital, Brad Feld, David Cohen, Lastpass, TechStars, Twilio, PillPack, Digitalocean, Zipline, Sendgrid, David Brown


Shirt Competition: Brad Feld vs. Warren Katz

For almost 30 years, I’ve shared a huge number of life experiences with Warren Katz. Yesterday, I did a breakfast AMA at Cooley’s office near La Jolla with the Techstars MDs and PMs from the western half of the US. At the end of the hour, we were presented with the above video from Warren as the final word on a question that is on everyone at Techstars’ mind. I suppose if I used Facebook, I’d post this there. But I don’t, so it lives here for all of posterity. I just showed it to Amy an...
Tags: Facebook, Shirts, US, Trends, Warren, Brad Feld, TechStars, Random, Amy, Ama, La Jolla, Feld, Cooley, Robert Graham, Warren Katz, Warren And


Rajat Bhargava on Giving First for a B2B company

Why does Rajat Bhargava, co-founder and CEO of JumpCloud, keep starting businesses? How does JumpCloud, a B2B company, Give First? What does their 30 years of friendship mean to Rajat and Give First co-host Brad Feld? Listen for answers to these questions—and more.  Rajat Bhargava , CEO of JumpCloud, has started a lot of companies—the first, NetGenesis, while he was still a student at MIT. And his friendship with Give First co-host Brad Feld goes right back to that initial foray into entrep...
Tags: Startups, Podcast, Mit, Reid Hoffman, Brad Feld, Brad, SPSS Inc, Rajat, About Techstars, Rajat Bhargava, Jumpcloud, David Kidder, Give First, Give First Podcast, Roger Federer Will Herman JumpCloud