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

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  • Following on Jonathan's post on the future of txts

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  • i wrote a quick post about this today. i think this is very interesting in a number of ways and listed a few of them

  • Yep

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

  • 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

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

  • Great transparency. Not.

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