Mansplaining the Ellen Pao trial & fixing the gender issue in venture capital

In today’s edition of “mansplaining,” I’m going to talk about two topics I’ve been told never to discuss as a male angel investor: Ellen Pao & the lack of female venture capitalists. In fact, I’m fairly certain that no angels or VCs are blogging about the Ellen Pao case — or tweeting about it. That’s … Continue reading Mansplaining the Ellen Pao trial & fixing the gender issue in venture capital

is a scam in your mind? National Venture Capital & Growth Investment Forum #oaf

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according to VentureWire Sequoia Capital commands 2.5% management fee and 30% carry. Impressive, well earned.

Sequoia Targets More Than $1B For Fund With New Structurewww.venturewire.com Sequoia Capital is in the market for a massive new fund that will emphasize China and bring several investment strategies under one umbrella instead of dividing them between separate funds, according to investors familiar with the situation. The Menlo Park, Calif.-based firm aims to raise … Continue reading according to VentureWire Sequoia Capital commands 2.5% management fee and 30% carry. Impressive, well earned.

startups: please boycott 2009 New York Venture Summit

Another scam…. be one of the top 50 innovators… if you pay $1,500!!! what a scam! please boycott pay for play forums! best j ———- Forwarded message ———- From: Date: Tue, Oct 20, 2009 at 12:54 PM Subject: Fwd: VC Funding To: Forwarded conversation Subject: VC Funding ———————— From: Adam Negnewitzky Date: Are you actively … Continue reading startups: please boycott 2009 New York Venture Summit

STARTUPS: Please boycott AlwaysOn's Venture Summit Silicon Valley for charing $10k for 6 min pitch!

Just got this… we gotta boycott AlwaysOn until they stop charging startups. Here are the details from a CEO who is being pitched on $10k for six minutes. Notice how they don’t discuss the fees until the last minute. Such a scam! best j ———- Forwarded message ———- From: Date: Tue, Oct 20, 2009 at … Continue reading STARTUPS: Please boycott AlwaysOn's Venture Summit Silicon Valley for charing $10k for 6 min pitch!

Startups: please boycott Life Sciences & Healthcare Venture Summit from Youngstartup Ventures

We're told Joe Benjamin's Life Sciences & Healthcare Summit is charing companies to present… as such, startups should not support this event. Note: buying a ticket to an event? sure, no problem. paying to present? not cool.  fight the power!  best j From: "Joe Benjamin" <announcements@youngstartup.net> Date: October 15, 2009 5:38:45 AM PDTTo: \Subject: Register Today … Continue reading Startups: please boycott Life Sciences & Healthcare Venture Summit from Youngstartup Ventures

Entrepreneurs: do not support the New England Venture Summit charging startups to present

Startups: Do not support events like this $1,500 to present New England Venture Summit. Take a moment to tell them that you don’t agree with them charging startups and together we can crack the “pay to play” virus! Note: if they wanted to charge you for a ticket, well, maybe…. but to present? that’s not … Continue reading Entrepreneurs: do not support the New England Venture Summit charging startups to present

Marc Andreessen's Venture Fund–and how "micro VC is transforming the Valley"

Congrats to Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz on launching their–wait for it–$300m venture (angel?) fund. Andreessen plus unlimited funds to invest one or two million in 100-200 companies over the next five years is, well, game changing for startups. This is like 100 new angel investors coming into the valley at once…. if those angel … Continue reading Marc Andreessen's Venture Fund–and how "micro VC is transforming the Valley"

Billion Dollar Startup Ideas: The HBO of Podcasting

tl;dr: Someone is going to create the Netflix or HBO of podcasting, but it will take a legendary investor to put up $100 million to start a subscription-based network. This post was originally published in the Inside Podcasting newsletter. Subscribe here for free! Eight years ago I started a podcast called CalacanisCast. We quickly changed the … Continue reading Billion Dollar Startup Ideas: The HBO of Podcasting

LAUNCH Festival 2016: Chamath Palihapitiya on the state of tech, politics, diversity, choosing investors, & our changing morality

In episode 628 of This Week in Startups, Jason sits down with Chamath Palihapitiya for a fireside chat at the 2016 LAUNCH Festival. Chamath is a venture capitalist and CEO of Social Capital. In their candid conversation, they cover a range of conversations including the insanity of Donald Trump, the changing morality in America, diversity … Continue reading LAUNCH Festival 2016: Chamath Palihapitiya on the state of tech, politics, diversity, choosing investors, & our changing morality

From 2012: There is no Series A Crunch.

I wrote this piece back in December 2012, when folks were in a panic over the “series A Crunch.” Does/did my argument hold up, three years later? best @jason From November, 2012: The “Series A Crunch” refers to the fact that while angel-funded startups (think: $750,000 invested by angels in two founders) have grown five times-plus in the … Continue reading From 2012: There is no Series A Crunch.

Why I’m bringing back the Open Angel Forum

  [ tl;dr: I’m bringing back my angel dinner, the same one Uber & Thumbtack pitched their seed rounds at, at my house on December 2nd, because startups really need help getting past their seed rounds. ] Back in 2009, I started a dinner party called Open Angel Forum. The goal was to kill the … Continue reading Why I’m bringing back the Open Angel Forum

Howard Stern’s easy billion dollar pay day — courtesy of Spotify or an app

There is little debate that the greatest radio host in history is Howard Stern. In addition to reinventing himself multiple times, from the long-forgotten battles with the FCC in the 90s to giving Charlie Rose a run for his money over the past decade as ‘greatest interviewer alive,’ Howard’s savviest role is behind the scenes … Continue reading Howard Stern’s easy billion dollar pay day — courtesy of Spotify or an app

Amazing angels Joanne Wilson, Adeo Ressi, Gil Penchina & Naval Ravikant on This Week in Startups

Amazing angels Joanne Wilson, Adeo Ressi, Gil Penchina & Naval Ravikant on innovative investment, diversity, deal competition, failures, founder relationships & what truly makes a product angel-ready Joanne Wilson, Adeo Ressi, Gil Penchina, and Naval Ravikant are four of the leading angel investors in the country. Joanne “Gotham Gal” has over 40 angel investments (75% … Continue reading Amazing angels Joanne Wilson, Adeo Ressi, Gil Penchina & Naval Ravikant on This Week in Startups