Picking.You can pick your fruit at Vons, you can pick your nose (in private) and you can pick which company to invest in. Making a choice is hard. Sometimes, you miss it and leave the ripest avocados in the bin.A couple of weeks ago, Howard Morgan — one of the most famous venture capitalists came to town for a fireside chat. Morgan is the founder of First Round Capital. He is 73 and he has done it all (easy to find his background on the web). The topics were wide ranging, but he spent some serious time on two — hiring people and picking investments. First Round sees 5,000 submissions over the course of a year and by the end of the year they invest in 40. The dilemma Morgan describes is this, “If I could start the year with all 5,000 at the top of the funnel and then, with all of them still available, picking the best ideas and the best teams would be much easier.” But, my dear readers, it doesn’t work that way. You only get to see what you get to see when … [Read more...] about How to pick a winner in life and venture cap?
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Venture capital (VC) investment into DevOps continues to rise. Already populated by some huge worldwide brands like Google, Microsoft and Amazon and estimated to be a $50 billion market, DevOps has graduated beyond a niche software sector for unicorns, and has made it to the mainstream. The amount of interest in this space from the VC community since the middle of 2018 is just one of many signals from investors that “now is a great time to jump in and grab a piece of the next big thing.”The market opportunityAccording to Crunchbase, there are hundreds of vendors from all over the world providing solutions and services within the DevOps marketplace. DevOps is now a category of investment just like Media or Healthcare, and we regularly see VC partners being brought onboard just to build a DevOps portfolio for their firm.Because DevOps is now viewed as a mature investment thesis, built on a flourishing technology and cultural movement, the stage is set for it to impact the … [Read more...] about What venture capitalists need to know about DevOps
The co-founder of venture capitalist firm Rivet Ventures stated in a recent interview that of all the large tech firms currently operating, Facebook is the most vulnerable to disruption. CNBC reports that Rebeca Hwang, the co-founder and managing director of Rivet Ventures, spoke with CNBC at a panel the publication hosted at the Davos Sanctuary. During the panel, Hwang discussed the future of social media giant Facebook and how of all the current Silicon Valley giants, Facebook was the most open to disruption following a year of scandals and user data breaches.In 2018, it was revealed that the personal details of 87 million Facebook users had been harvested by a political consulting firm; later in the year, 50 million Facebook accounts were compromised in a cyberattack. Facebook also came under intense scrutiny after it was discovered that Russian-linked firms may have used the social media website to spread propaganda aimed at dividing Americans. Speaking on the CNBC-hosted … [Read more...] about Venture Capitalist: Facebook Is Tech Giant Most ‘Vulnerable’ to Disruption
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Technology Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Technology | More Start-Ups Have an Unfamiliar Message for Venture Capitalists: Get Lost Supported by ByErin Griffith Jan. 11, 2019 On a sunny Saturday morning in New York a few months ago, a group of 50 start-up founders gathered in the dank basement of a Lower East Side bar. They scribbled notes at long tables, sipping coffee and LaCroix while a stack of pizza boxes emanated the odor of hot garlic. One by one, they gave testimonials taking aim at something nearly sacred in the technology industry: venture capital. Josh Haas, the co-founder of Bubble, a software-writing start-up, told the group that he and venture capitalists “were pretty much totally on different wavelengths” about the trajectory of his business. Seph Skerritt, the founder of Proper Cloth, a clothing company, said that the hype … [Read more...] about More Start-Ups Have an Unfamiliar Message for Venture Capitalists: Get Lost
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Scott Kirsner Globe Correspondent November 09, 2018 Phil Libin has a few choice words about how startups are created and funded.“The whole venture capital model is stupid,” Libin says, sitting in a standard-issue white cinderblock conference room at Boston University. (He has raised almost $300 million worth of VC as cofounder of Evernote, an organizational app.)But “the stupidest thing,” he continues, “is the idea of a company. Companies are increasingly archaic, as a unit of organization in the world. What is it about companies that makes the most sense?” Advertisement Startup creation and venture capital funding, in Libin’s view, are too focused on “the 50 miles around Stanford University,” in the heart of Silicon Valley. Get Talking Points in your inbox: An afternoon recap of the day’s most … [Read more...] about This ex-Cambridge venture capitalist is reinventing the way a company works