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.

  • 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
  • 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

  • Matthew from Cloudflare on Net Neutrality

  • #culture-and-psychology-in-fundraising
  • 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.

  • 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
  • Great transparency. Not.

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

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

  • 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

  • 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
  • #twilio #portfolio
  • "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
  • Summary: Mr. Campos attributes Facebook’s success to a high degree of automation and to the development of proprietary software tools tailored to the company’s needs. “You can’t go buy the off-the-shelf solution that everyone else has and expect we’re going to have a better... ↓ expand
  • Albert on the risks of ignoring future consequences of high post-money valuations in early-mid rounds

    #financing #valuations #culture-and-psychology-in-fundraising
  • "Tracy Chou, 27, a well-known engineer at Pinterest, said she was once bypassed at a previous start-up because her boss thought a new male hire was more qualified. When Chou pressed for an explanation, she recalled him saying: 'It's just this feeling I have that this person... ↓ expand
    #talent #gender diversity #women in tech
  • Even with SaaS, the B2B software world is long on marketing promises but short on delivery. Bluenose delivers the fastest time to value in the Customer Success space.

    #saas #customer success #b2b
  • It's not easy being decentralized. It's even harder to monetize it.

    #decentralization #marketplaces #blockchains