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You Can Do Too Much Due Diligence
— It's Monday, time for another lesson I've learned in the venture capital business. Today I will tell a story that I love telling. It has some of my favorite people in it. — Back in 2004, early in my blogging career, I heard about a service that had just launched called Feedburner.
Late Stage Convertible Debt
— I've written about convertible debt a few times on this blog, most notably here and here. My general take on convertible debt is that its very good for the founders and not very good for the investors in seed and early stage investments and a much better solution …
When Things Don't Work Out
— I have said many times that early stage VC is a lot like baseball, if you get a hit one out of every three times, you are headed to the hall of fame. And if I look back over my career, and also over the track records of the firms and funds I have helped manage …
Short Term Thinking vs Long Term Thinking
— One of the mistakes I often see in business is short term thinking vs long term thinking. It struck me over the weekend when I saw this tweet: … Sure Samsung is making a killing on handset sales right now. So is Apple.
Venture Capital Returns
— This post is for everyone who thinks venture capital is an easy business. I'd like to dispel that notion. — Here are short term and long term returns for the venture capital business over the past ten years compared to the public equity markets in the US.
Putting 2012 To Bed
— I'm typing this on my phone as our plane is starting to descend into the NY metro area. We will land at JFK within the hour. — I've wanted to write a year end post for days. I actually wrote one and stored it as a draft. But it comes across as a whiny complaint about the s**tty year that 2012 was.
Rethinking Mobile First
— I wrote the Mobile First Web Second blog post a few years ago. In that post, I talked about apps that were designed to be used on mobile primarily with the web as a companion. — There have been a number of startups that have taken that approach and done well with it.
Nobody Is Crying For You When You Are Worth Billions
— I did a talk with Bill Werde at Billboard's FutureSound conference a few weeks ago. The entire talk is online (in two parts) here. If you go to 7:45 minutes in on the first video (embedded below) you will get to a conversation …
What Has Changed
— As I read this post in the WSJ about the changing nature of VC funding of consumer web companies, I thought that we may be looking at the symptoms and not the disease. As the WSJ notes, VC funding of consumer web and mobile companies is down 42% in this first nine months of 2012 (vs the first nine months of 2011).
Lockups and Insider Selling
— There is a lot of sturm und drang out there in the worlds of social media, finacial media, and just plain media about all the lockups coming off and all the insider selling going on in some big internet stocks. As someone who has played this game a few times, I tought I'd post some thoughts about this.