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Welcome to 2020. I thought about writing a post looking forward into this new decade, or looking back at the prior decade (are we calling it the “teens” officially?). But instead I decided to do something a little different. We’re […]

Lee Hower
January 21, 2020 · 2  min.

One of the fun books I read last year was “Paper Tiger” by Tom Coyne. I love to play golf, and Tom did what many golfers dream about – he devoted 100% of his life for 2 years to get […]

Rob Go
January 15, 2020 · 3  min.

About a year ago, my partner David Beisel talked about how seed fundraising is no longer a local game, and that the best entrepreneurs seek out the best investors for them outside of their home market. That being said, it’s […]

Melody Koh
January 7, 2020 · 4  min.

I bet many of us are waiting for packages to be delivered around this time of year. While there are several companies solving the same-day shipping predicament, I figured in the meantime, why not educate myself and other impatient package […]

Dorothy Ren
December 15, 2019 · 2  min.

“I have exciting personal news.” “I’m thrilled to announce that I’m joining [New Firm] as a Partner where I will continue to invest in great Founders across the industries I care about.” “I am pursuing an idea that I’m excited […]

David Beisel
December 11, 2019 · 6  min.

One of my more popular posts in recent years was a long write-up on how VC’s get measured. It occurred to me that about 2 years has transpired since that original post and I thought I’d write a follow-up.  At […]

Rob Go
December 4, 2019 · 8  min.

Recently, Stu Landesberg, the CEO of Grove Collaborative shared the story of the struggle he faced in raising his series A round. You don’t often hear a founder speak so candidly about this (especially before the final chapter is written) […]

Rob Go
November 20, 2019 · 2  min.

I sent a tweet out last week that elicited quite a few responses from both founders and investors:   seed funds that don’t invest pre-traction = 🤔 — Rob Go (@robgo) November 4, 2019   I could hear the internet […]

Rob Go
November 14, 2019 · 3  min.

Like many things in life, the VC/startup ecosystem is one of cycles. Looking back over the last decade it’s remarkable to see how the emphasis has shifted across cycles and what the overarching narrative was. I believe we are in […]

Lee Hower
November 7, 2019 · 5  min.

Meetings can suck. I know that you’ve been there.  Stuck in a meeting which wasn’t productive.  Not for you, and not for many (or even all) of the participants. Sometimes it’s a standing small-group meeting, an obligatory gathering that’s on […]

David Beisel
November 5, 2019 · 2  min.