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October 22, 2018

On the capital gap outside Silicon Valley, perspective on how founders operate businesses differently and advice to founders managing their board


Founding General Partner Tim Young speaks with Clara Sieg, a Partner and Founding member of Revolution Ventures. Clara has been featured on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 for Venture Capital and named LinkedIn’s Top 10 Professionals Under 35 for VC & Finance.

In this episode, Clara discusses how her hometown of Pittsburgh has evolved as a tech hub and how it has influenced her passion for finding and investing in companies outside of Silicon Valley. She speaks about the early days of Revolution and why they were one of the first funds that strategized around the opportunities in second and third-tier cities. She also gives her perspective on the growing ecosystems across the up-and-coming cities, local talent and how she leverages this to recruit and scale companies.

Clara shares her perspective on the mindset and unit economics of founders outside of the valley, how they operate businesses due to less capital flow and can think differently about taking on investments and dilution.

Clara also gives advice to founders managing and optimizing their board and how to make sure you get the best possible people around the table versus just optimizing for valuation.

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October 15, 2018

By Hadley Harris, Founding General Partner

Since we started investing at Eniac in 2010, I’ve reviewed thousands of seed stage pitch decks. It amazing me how often the most important slide — the team slide — is poorly executed.

When I posted on Twitter about how important the team pages are when reviewing a deck for the first time, I received a lot of questions and comments both on and offline. It seemed people were curious as to why it was the first thing we look at (versus the market and their solution).

I thought it would be nice to address it for everyone in one place.

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October 10, 2018

Advice to aspiring VCs and founders, his transition from angel investing to institutional seed, and what it was like in the early days of the micro VC movement in Silicon Valley


Founding General Partner Vic Singh speaks with one of the OG’s of seed investing and a Veteran of the Forbes Midas List, Jeff Clavier, Founder & Managing Partner at Uncork Capital.

In this episode, Jeff recounts his journey from a small town in France to studying in Paris and landing in the startup circuit as an engineer that eventually led him to angel investing in successful the Web 2.0 companies of the early 2000’s.

Jeff gives advice to aspiring VCs, his thoughts on what it was like transitioning from an angel to his first institutional fund and how the timeline for building credibility as an investor is very different today. He also speaks to the challenges faced as their funds grew, the best strategy to stand out to LPs and how Uncork Capital views co-investors.

He also speaks on his journey building hardware companies and how he saw the opportunity to apply the capital efficient model of software as well as his experience with Fitbit.

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October 2, 2018

By Tim Young, Founding General Partner


Today, Dave Vasen, Founder and CEO of Brightwheel announced the close of their Series B, a $21 million round led by our friends at Bessemer. We couldn’t more excited to see Brightwheel in its current position as the leading software provider in early education.

We met Dave in the very early days. He was a team of one, had a basic product and five preschool customers. He had a big vision and as an early founder, Dave’s passion for the space and building a business was tangible.

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October 1, 2018

By Vic Singh, Founding General Partner and Javaughn Lawrence, Associate

We’re excited to lead the seed round in Bleximo along with our friends at BoostVC and Creative Ventures. Bleximo is building quantum accelerators, starting with quantum-based application specific integrated circuits (qASICs), first focused on molecule simulation for drug discovery. We believe that their vertical approach will enable it to realize these near-term applications sooner than general purpose quantum hardware providers.

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September 27, 2018

We’ve been busy! See what we’ve been up to along with news from our portfolio, upcoming events and other happenings around the network.

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September 26, 2018

On how they are disrupting the wellness industry, their unique road to Series A and the changing model of investor/founder relationship


Nihal Mehta speaks with the talented founders of Shine Text, Marah Lidey and Naomi Hirabayashi on how they’ve built one of the fastest-growing health and wellness companies. Working together at DoSomething.org, they realized the importance of daily peer-to-peer support and seized the opportunity to build a community to help others.

In this episode, Naomi and Marah speak about the early days growing Shine from 50,000 to now 3 million users and their approach to fundraising. They discuss the changing model of investor-founder relationship and how keeping an open dialogue led them to a Series A on Christmas Eve.

Marah and Naomi also touch on how millennials are dispelling the Baby Boomer Myth of being too broke to invest in yourself and the intersectionality of self-care and technology, especially how important it is today in response to what is happening in the world.

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September 17, 2018

On what makes an excellent board member, the biggest reasons startups fail and the three machines that must work together in order for a company to scale


Hadley Harris continues the conversation from last week with Brad Feld, Founder and Managing Director of Foundry Group. In this episode, Brad talks about the changing model of VC firms and how partners should be investing in each other in order to make the partnership and the firm stronger.

He also answers fellow VC Jeff Clavier from Uncork Capital’s question on what makes an excellent board member, as well as the biggest reasons startups fail and the three machines that must work together in order for a company to scale.

If you haven’t heard Part 1, make sure to subscribe and listen to last week’s show. It’s too good to miss: He discusses why it’s important to build long-term fund strategies, and gives his perspective on team size and geography. He also gives advice to himself looking back early in his career.

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September 10, 2018

He gives advice to himself in the early days and speaks to why it is important to build long-term fund strategies with conviction and consistency


Hadley Harris speaks with Brad Feld, Founder and Managing Director of Foundry Group. Brad has been an early stage investor and entrepreneur since 1987 and has authored several books on VC and entrepreneurship that are must-reads for everyone in the industry.

In this episode, Brad shares his perspective on why it is important to build long-term fund strategies with conviction and consistency.

Brad talks about one of his heroic figures, Warren Buffett, and how his thesis that everything runs in cycles applies to the cycles of venture capital.

Brad gives advice to himself back in the early days and compares Foundry’s strategy now against how he was investing in the late 80’s and 90’s. He also shares how team size and geography play a role at Foundry, and how he has configured his work and life in Boulder to enable him to work with startups through the country.

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September 4, 2018

By Tim Young, Founding General Partner

As an entrepreneur, it is vital to vet your potential investors/board members and choose wisely. They are among the most significant professional relationships of your career, often lasting a decade or more. A former board member will act as a strong signal to future investors, not only for your current company but future companies as well.

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