Archives / March, 2009

What Advice Would You Give Mompreneurs?

This is a guest post by Lucy Sanders, the CEO of the National Center for Women & Information Technology.  Q: When evaluating a start-up by a mompreneur (or to go broader female first-timer) what do you typically see as the weakest link (in supporting roles, research, presentation, concept etc). With respect to this, if you…

What Are VCs Good For?

Jeremiah Owyang has today’s great post up titled Beyond the Money: Some VCs Provide Startups With A Competitive Edge.  The bullet point summary is: Thought Leadership Strategic Guidance Being Part of The Family Ancillary Services Umbrella Branding Parties… eerr um Networking Recruiting and Fundraising It’s a quick read but with some great thoughts in it.

Risk Tolerance is a Competitive Weapon

Today’s best post of the day is from Josh Kopelman of First Round Capital.  Most of Josh’s posts are winners and Nothing to Lose (or Risk Tolerance is a Competitive Weapon) provides some great insights into the impact of risk tolerance during the 2000 downturn and how PayPal used it as a competitive weapon against eBay.

Ask the VC Live – University of Michigan

I (Jason) will be visiting the University of Michigan in a couple of weeks to speak to different campus constituencies about entrepreneurship and venture capital. As part of that, I’m going to plant my butt in a conference room on campus for a couple of hours and talk to anyone that wants to come by…

What Do Venture Capitalists Think About Young Entrepreneurs?

Q: With a number of great companies being born of ideas coming from a youthful group of entrepreneurs, how are investors reacting to twenty-somethings fresh out of college, with little to no professional experience, without a strong network of seasoned industry experience and with a inconceivable amount of life learning still ahead of them? Assuming…

Crash Course Video

Thanks to my friends at Kendall Media Group, here is the video of my recent Venture Capital Crash Course at the Silicon Flatirons.  I give a 25 minute presentation and then hold an hour town-hall question and answer session.  Great questions were asked, so if you are interested in what goes through a VC’s head,…