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Image via Wikipedia Steve Blank and I had the opportunity to create a presentation about lean startups for Maples Investments . Maples Investments is the only venture investor I know who has oriented their entire strategy to lean startups. They've invested in many great companies , including IMVU , Digg , Kongregate , Twitter ... you get the idea. I really enjoy working with them and their companies. Steve and I worked to find a metaphor that would help explain the power of lean startups, and why they have a serious competitive advantage, especially in these challenging economic times.
Much has been written about the VC process over the years. The best VC and founder blogs have a done an amazing job at shedding some light and advice on a process that had previously been mysterious and confusing. Some of the important ways to prepare are to choose your VC targets wisely, do they have the same style as you do, do they share your vision, check references, and be clear about your objectives in the meeting. Partnering with a VC is a big one and should not be considered lightly.
It's been an exhilarating first day here in Washington DC for the Geeks on a Plane tour. We met a number of policy makers from the White House and State Department, and had a solid Startup2Startup all about government policy and entrepreneurship. After a full day of talking, debating, thinking, and strategizing, we feel about read to take some good old-fashioned action. Will you join us? In a previous post , I asked readers for suggested topics that the US government needs to know about startups and entrepreneurs, and got some really interesting responses.
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This is the 4th edition of the Venture Capital Blog Directory ( 1st edition , 2nd edition , 3rd edition ). This directory includes 149 venture capital, microVC/seed, and growth equity blogs. The imperfect statistic used to rank these blogs is their average monthly uniques in Q410 from Compete (more methodology info below). Blogs that have seen increased traffic over Q409 by 1,000+ uniques/month are highlighted in bold .
Back in the early days of the ATM machine, you could only transact on ATMs operated by your bank. If you were a Chase customer, you needed to find a Chase ATM to take cash out. That, of course, was a pain and the banks recognized it and formed roaming networks.
It’s exciting times these days after we launched Volition Capital on Monday (01/11/10). Commensurate with that launch, we also launched the Ask Volition blog – which is a Q&A blog that is authored by various folks at Volition. The first post on the blog is: Why did you choose the name Volition Capital?
I have heard from a number of entrepreneurs over the past couple of months about how they wished VCs would give them a “quick no” more often. I think it’s a totally fair critique and have tried to improve in this area myself. In lieu of a “quick no”, I thought I’d give entrepreneurs 4 questions and 4 pressure tests to help you decipher a VC’s level of interest. These questions presume that you have already given the VC an initial pitch of your business, so they have enough information to at least be initially interested.
A lot of venture capitalists and super angels are not only active investors, but also active bloggers. Below is a list of the top 20 VC power bloggers as compiled by Larry Cheng of Volition Capital based on traffic data from Compete. The metric being used here is average monthly unique visitors during the fourth quarter of 2010. Compared to last year’s list , there’s been a big shakeup in the VC blogging world. Paul Graham of Y Combinator took the top spot, pushing Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures to No. 2. And four new names appear in the top ten, including Chris Dixon (Founder Collective), Ben Horowitz (Andreessen Horowitz), Charlie O’Donnell (First Round Capital), and Larry Cheng himself.
Over the past several years, MuleSoft has quietly emerged as one of the leaders in providing platforms for powering the New Enterprise. Lightspeed was an early investor in MuleSoft, and we’re excited to be partnered with a company that has achieved such strong momentum and market leadership. Today MuleSoft announced a $37M expansion round , which will allow the company to further accelerate growth across its Software as a Service (SaaS) and enterprise segment, as well as drive technology innovations for connecting the New Enterprise. MuleSoft also launched its Anypoint Platform , the first and only complete integration platform to enable connectivity to any application, data service or application programming interface (API) across the entire cloud and on-premise continuum. We think that this is a big idea.