- A strong leadership team
- Achieved product-market fit, and
- A clear go-to-market strategy
- Hire new talent,
- Sell products, and
- Potentially exit via corporate sale, since it is often executive PMs who initiate M&A transactions
March 29, 2019
Following earlier LabCorp strategic investment, Mission Bio single cell-sequencing technology will be used by LabCorp to support clinical trials, along with the evaluation of potential applications in clinical diagnostics and companion diagnostics development.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
The stock market turmoil of December 2018 reminds us to never take anything for granted. Still, good investment opportunities exist if you know where to look. My expectation is that 2019 will see significant private equity and venture capital activity thanks to multiple economic factors including a solid M&A appetite.Read More
December 14, 2018
Mission Bio delivers targeted single-cell genomics solutions for high-impact applications with Tapestri, the Precision Genomics Platform. Tapestri is the industry’s first targeted single-cell DNA sequencing platform, enabling precise detection of heterogeneity in disease progression and treatment response. Application areas include blood cancers, solid tumors, and genome editing validation. The platform includes an instrument, consumables, and analysis software, which integrate seamlessly with existing NGS workflows. With Tapestri, researchers have a highly sensitive, targeted, and customizable solution to move precision medicine forward.Read More
In this interview with The Full Ratchet, SC Moatti talks about 13 quick takeaways; including SC’s 3 rules of the most successful products. Explains that “Mobilized” shares examples and case studies implementing those rules.Read More
December 5, 2018
For Skates, 2018 was an especially momentous year. “I turned 30, we raised a Series D and I got engaged this year,” he said. “That’s going to be hard to top.”Read More
November 26, 2018
- Airbnb has hired Amazon VP Dave Stephenson as CFO ahead of its anticipated IPO in 2019.
- Stephenson spent 17 years as Amazon, most recently as VP and CFO of Amazon’s Worldwide Consumer Organization, responsible for all global website sales. He also spent a couple years as President and CFO of Big Fish Games.
- Stephenson is the second Amazon exec to join Airbnb this year, following Greg Greeley, who is president of Homes.