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The valuation trap

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 | More »

There is a long article on Square and Box in TechCrunch this weekend. I am not sold on the arguments the author makes about the commodity nature of both products. But the author makes a point at the end in a section called “The Valuation Trap” that I very much agree with: A second iron […...


Sticking with the struggling investments

He’s right, but I would go further. One of the hardest things to do in the venture business is to stick with a struggling investment. I woke up thinking about this as I spent yesterday with Josh watching the hapless Jets lose badly to the Dolphins and then heading up to MSG to watch the [&hell...

6 December, 2013 | More »


Profitless prosperity

If a Company is making huge profits this year but will not make any profits in the future, it is worthless in the eyes of an investor. But if it loses money this year and next year and may lose money for a few more years, it can still be very valuable in the eyes […]...

28 October, 2013 | More »


The similarities between building and scaling a product and a company

This has been a theme of mine since Roelof Botha put it in my head a few years ago. He said that entrepreneurs should approach building a company with the same passion that they have for building a product. I’ve been thinking about scaling the team a lot this week. There are parts of build...

19 August, 2013 | More »


Turning your team

A serial entrepreneur I know tells me “you will turn your team three times on the way from startup to a business of scale.” What he means is that the initial team will depart, replaced by another team, which in turn will be replaced by yet another team. I have been closely involved with ...

16 August, 2013 | More »

Negotiating ‘Time Bomb’ Term Sheets

Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures, the best VC blogger in my opinion, recently referred to a blog post on negotiating job offers and said, “Replace the words ‘job offer’ with ‘term sheet’ in @spolsky’s post and the advice is still spot on.” What Fred is referring to here is the ...

17 January, 2012 | More »