Archives / April, 2009

Participate in the 2009 Startup Executive Compensation Survey

Furqan Nazeeri put up a post titled 2009 Startup Executive Compensation Survey Opens.  It in he points to a compensation study produced by J. Robert Scott, Ernst & Young, and WilmerHale in collaboration with Dr. Noam Wasserman, Professor at the Harvard Business School. CompStudy covers more than 25,000 executives at 5,000 companies and is the…

How To Get A Job In Venture Capital

I (Jason) get asked often how I got into venture capital and how interested folks may get involved as well. I always tell them that I "fell" into the job, as most folks that I know who are VCs and that everyone has a different and unique story. I then point them to my partner…

Does The Concept of Addressable Market Matter?

Q: Can you please address the issue of estimating Addressable Market when the product or service is trying to solve an emerging problem and opportunity that is about to hit in the near future.  For example, FeedBurner raised money long before bloggers were convinced that feed management could use some professional help and long before…

Do VC’s Guess The Exit At The Beginning?

Question: You often hear to leave out the possible exit scenario when you pitch. Brad states that its because its usually wrong. I suspect most VC’s discuss likely exits with their partners before making an investment, what percent of the time do you guys generally "guess" the exit on the front side of the investment?…