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The Founding CEO Transition: Doing it Right

As a venture capitalist I have lived through many founder/CEO transitions–instances in which a founder moves on to a new role inside a company, and…


Have a Hot Technology Start-up? Thank Comrade Gorbachev–and Liberty

It has now been 25 years since Mikhail Gorbachev, with his Soviet Union crumbling, decided to open the emigration gates and allow 1.6 million Jews…


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Choose More Diverse Boards

A few weeks ago, we were approached by a prominent Silicon Valley executive we both know, Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, about helping her with a project…


I believe that opportunity is something you manufacture, not something you wait for. Entrepreneurship is really all about creating your own opportunities.

Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter, in Harvard Business Review, June 2015

Are VC Services Really Over-Hyped? The Story of One Firm’s Middle Path

This post originally ran on VentureBeat. On VentureBeat earlier this month, a European venture capitalist took some U.S. VCs to task for hyping “portfolio-support platforms”…


The Unlikely Birth of Customer Success—in St. Louis

A few years ago, I started noticing a strange business problem plaguing some of the companies I worked with: They knew more about prospective customers…

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