Topic of the week

Culture and Psychology in Fundraising

There were two great posts about valuations this week. In Beware the Post-Money Trap, our own Albert Wegner describes the potential trap of a high valuation, which can weigh on founders of early-stage companies. Benchmark's Bill Gurley posted about how late-stage... ↓ expand

  • We are launching a topic-based messenger, Trigger. Explore interesting content and discuss with your friends. The app lets you trigger multiple topic-based DMs making conversations more elegant. It also has a Reddit-like flow but for messaging.

  • A great writeup about how/why GitHub has become the force that it is today (network effects)

  • real talk: "To put the above more plainly, any instance of a blockchain and its underlying tokens are inextricably bound together. The token provides the fuel for the blockchain to operate, and the blockchain provides consensus on who owns which tokens. No amount of engineering... ↓ expand
    #bitcoin #blockchain
  • Yep

    #blockchains #bitcoin #security
  • But the most interesting thing here is in its standalone forums, which represent the first time Disqus has hosted discussions away from its core widget. The first two forums are for fashion and movies; you can join any of the discussions there or create your own. It feels a bit... ↓ expand
  • Matthew from Cloudflare on Net Neutrality

  • Values will suffer a correction and the outcome will be a better, stronger community

  • I wrote a piece on Net Neutrality. I think it's a mistake for everyone to be celebrating the FCC rules. It could be a super successful, but at the same time government regulation doesn't always work out as intended. It's a tough topic. I doubt this decision will be end of the... ↓ expand
    #net neutrality
  • #culture-and-psychology-in-fundraising
  • My response to the specific situation was: Valuations have increased on a relative basis. They raised relatively little so probably had supply / demand on their side – which drove competition and enabled a higher price. VCs are currently living in FOMO land so they’ll overpay... ↓ expand
    #culture-and-psychology-in-fundraising #fundraising #valuations
  • White House picks back up its effort on co sumer privacy legislation

    Unlikely that this will get anywhere in the current congress, but worth looking at as a discussion point

    #privacy #policy
  • Not about fundraising specifically. However, it is about the psychology of founders and people who work at startups, which is greatly impacted by fundraising

  • Great transparency. Not.

  • debt is all that matters, any solution to poverty/economic inequality begins with debt. chalk one up for croatia

    #croatia #debt cancellation #income inequality #debt
  • Not about fundraising specifically. However, it is about the psychology of founders and people who work at startups, which is greatly impacted by fundraising

  • A filmmaker buddy of mine, now a sw entrepreneur thoughts on discovering the ghost of the machine. Good stuff from a different vantage point.

  • What diversity initiatives have you seen work in your organization?

  • An in-depth follow up to my earlier post on An idea about texting. I tried to capture all the cool things that were happening in text as a medium. Over the past few days, as I was wrapping up this post, I was adding new services and products almost every day. There's a lot going... ↓ expand
    #text #nlp #natural language processing #messaging #apps
  • Trying to give an accurate record of court proceedings can be difficult if those speaking don’t take a few things into account.

    #court reporting services #court reporting service #court deposition #deposition services #deposition
  • Previously, I wrote about the importance of planning ahead for proof-of-concept marketing based on my first-hand experience seeing the same consistent mistakes being made by the hundreds of startups calling Red Rocket for help.There’s too much focus on product, and not enough... ↓ expand
  • #twilio #portfolio
  • Albert on the risks of ignoring future consequences of high post-money valuations in early-mid rounds

    #financing #valuations #culture-and-psychology-in-fundraising

  • "Beyond raising a giant pile of cash, Jet has used a novel buzz-building strategy: The site launched a referral contest which offers equity in Jet to the customer who refers the most sign-ups. Runners-up earned free memberships to Jet (valued at $50 for a year). But the top 10... ↓ expand