tech, startups, internet

The fat startup is born

In 2018, Steve Blank asked if the lean startup was dead. It was a commentary on Jeff Katzenberg’s media startup raising almost $2B before launch. Well, fast forward to today, and that startup has a name (Quibi) and a teaser […]

tech, startups, internet

Startup growth and venture returns

AngelList analyzed seven years of deals to test assumptions about the nature of venture capital returns. One finding: “At the seed stage, investors would increase their expected return by broadly indexing into every credible deal.” | learn more

oh, chicago

Chicago startup Sprout Social files for IPO

This is only the second Chicago tech company to go public since GrubHub 5 years ago. I love seeing this news! Also, it’s nice that this filing seems to be free of drama and shenanigans (unlike some other recent IPO […]

better doing

The 13 immutable reads on choosing what to work on

“When our startup failed, I didn’t know what to do next.” From Vasili Shynkarenka, an entrepreneur who’s YC-backed company failed. He then “devoured hundreds of books, articles, and videos on how to choose what to work on (or, more generally, […]

book recommendations

The Secrets of Sand Hill Road

Author: Scott Kupor Along with Venture Deals by Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson, this book is a standout resource for learning about the venture capital financing process. I had a lot of background before I picked this up, given my […]

tech, startups, internet

Where art thou startup exits?

From Pardot founder David Cummings, reminding us that exists are few and far between, so focus on building a great business: “Too many investors ask about an exit strategy, when, in reality, the world doesn’t work that way. Companies are […]