Month: February 2019

February 21, 2019

Our Managing Partner SC Moatti wrote an editorial for Barron’s discussing the impact of mega-funds on the rest of the venture capital ecosystem. Here’s an abstract: In venture capital, the assumption used to be that to survive against the likes of Sequoia and the Vision Fund, funds need to get big. Really big. However, it’s become nearly impossible to remain competitive in the go-big-or-go-home scenarios. It’s no longer a winner-take-all market. The insightful, agile, lateral looking investor, however, has plenty of room to move and grow into the future. For the shrewd venture investor, new strategies—ones that leverage inherent ecosystem value —make the most sense.

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February 21, 2019

Having insights into how investors think about assessing a startup team will also help you think about designing your organization and hiring for the right qualities. I’ll break down the questions investors may ask themselves into 4 easy to remember categories.

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February 7, 2019

HYP3R is leading the transformation of location marketing to deliver experiences that are delightful and effective. HYP3R’s innovations in location marketing cloud help top marketers acquire and engage high-value customers in the real world through digital experiences that are surprisingly human. At the core of HYP3R is a unique dataset of hundreds of millions of the highest value consumers in the world that gives an edge to the leaders in travel and retail. HYP3R, one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies, was founded in 2015 and is based in San Francisco. Learn more at https://hyp3r.com or follow @HYP3R on Twitter.

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February 6, 2019

As a technology investor, I meet a wide variety of entrepreneurs and startup founders. Many times I’ll ask them, “Why do you do what you do? What’s your endgame?” Many of them share their passion for the journey or how much they value the freedom to be their own boss. Others find it rewarding that they create jobs. For the savvy entrepreneur, however, a big part of their answer includes a fully developed exit strategy. So please, eat healthy, exercise and hug your loved ones. Take care of your body, mind and spirit. And while you’re at it, write down your exit strategy.

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