This Week In Startups–Shervin Pishevar of Menlo Ventures

awesome episode…  ———- Forwarded message ———-To: Jason <jason@18.234.176.227> On This Week in Startups, distinguished VC Shervin Pishevar (http://twitter.com/shervin) of Menlo Ventures joined us in studio for a chat. Shervin's also an entrepreneur and angel investor, so he had wisdom to share from nearly every facet of startup life. In the candid interview, Shervin even talked … Continue reading This Week In Startups–Shervin Pishevar of Menlo Ventures

This Week In Startups–Shervin Pishevar of Menlo Ventures

awesome episode…  ———- Forwarded message ———-To: Jason <jason@18.234.176.227> On This Week in Startups, distinguished VC Shervin Pishevar (http://twitter.com/shervin) of Menlo Ventures joined us in studio for a chat. Shervin's also an entrepreneur and angel investor, so he had wisdom to share from nearly every facet of startup life. In the candid interview, Shervin even talked … Continue reading This Week In Startups–Shervin Pishevar of Menlo Ventures

Eric Ries of The Lean Startup — guest of the year?

awesome episode…  Yesterday's show featured Jason's (@Jason) interview with author and startup expert Eric Ries (@ericries) of The Lean Startup. Eric had some excellent advice for entrepreneurs of all levels, from shortening the gestation periods of your ideas into startups to managing those painful, but often necessary, 'pivots.' If you missed us live, check out … Continue reading Eric Ries of The Lean Startup — guest of the year?

What to do if your startup is about fail (or "Don't Stop Believing")

Location: Mahalo HQ, Santa Monica Date/Time: February 26th 2009 6:25pm Subscribers: 12,483 Rock out To This While Reading: Don’t Stop Believing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ip1zsUIosoA Forward To: Startups that are hitting the wall A lot of CEOs with less than 12 months of capital left have been asking me for advice about what to do, given the massive … Continue reading What to do if your startup is about fail (or "Don't Stop Believing")

(The) Startup Depression

I wrote this to my email list on Saturday the 27th of 2008. Two days before the single largest drop in the history of the stock market.  Now, I promised myself I was retired from blogging to focus on my email newsletter, but I’m getting pounded with so many requests for this essay that I’m … Continue reading (The) Startup Depression

WARNING: Venture Capital is for founders who want to grow fast (duh)

Once again, the press is here to remind poor, unsuspecting founders that venture capital can — GASP! — result in your startup trying to grow too fast. From today’s New York Times comes the link-baiting title: “More Start-Ups Have an Unfamiliar Message for Venture Capitalists: Get Lost:” The V.C. business model, on which much of … Continue reading WARNING: Venture Capital is for founders who want to grow fast (duh)

Trump, Jobs & Tech

As some of you know, I’ve tried to stay out of politics my whole life, instead focusing on creating and funding startups — which in turn create jobs. My core belief is that if people have great jobs, you’re going to have a great society. That’s why so many elections seem to revolve, predictably, around the issue … Continue reading Trump, Jobs & Tech

Incubator hopping: Should you go to more than one incubator?

My pal Sam Altman wrote a post about a growing trend I’ll call ‘incubator hopping,’ in which he explains that going to another incubator may actually DECREASE your chances of getting into YCombinator, rather than giving you a better shot. [ Click to Tweet (can edit before sending): http://ctt.ec/nWfua ] Some incubator heads I spoke to read … Continue reading Incubator hopping: Should you go to more than one incubator?

What I learned from passing on investing in Twitter & Zynga — & saying yes to Uber & Thumbtack

This week I was asked to speak to a dozen billionaires at a secret meeting about putting $100b to work. They wanted me to talk about what I’ve learned over the past five years as an angel investor. Well, here it is. [ Click to Tweet (can edit before sending): http://ctt.ec/8FM91 ] It took me five years, … Continue reading What I learned from passing on investing in Twitter & Zynga — & saying yes to Uber & Thumbtack

Don’t overestimate the downside of risk

We humans are scared little creatures. Thin skin and brittle bones, no match for a lion, tiger, shark, or even snake. Not to mention the bees, sun, and freezing weather — journey enders all, if we’re not careful! [ Click to Tweet (can edit before sending): http://ctt.ec/z6EMv ] Our big brains have pushed us in a few … Continue reading Don’t overestimate the downside of risk