How to Maintain a Large Network

Venture capital investing and entrepreneurship are highly relational fields. Without a deep, active network, it is virtually impossible to raise money, hire the best teams, and access the most compelling deals. I’m going to share a simple way to maintain a large network of contacts over a long period of time. It’s a method that

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Digital Media Monetization Strategies: Paywalls vs. Ads

Last week, I read an interesting blog post by Fred Wilson that was called “New Outlets & New Voices.” If you don’t know Fred, he is a VC at Union Square Ventures, and I consider him to be one of the world’s preeminent experts on venture investing. His post highlighted the declining barriers to publishing

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Top 10 Websites for Tech News

Here are the Top 10 Websites for Tech News, in no particular order: Techcrunch / CrunchBase Mashable VentureBeat Re/code PandoDaily Wired Engadget Gizmodo Xconomy This Week In Startups (podcast) Do you know any other websites for tech news that should have made the Top 10? Leave a comment below with the link and share why we

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Top 10 VC Blogs to Follow

Here are the Top 10 VC Blogs we recommend following, in no particular order: Fred Wilson (Union Square Ventures) Brad Feld (Foundry Group) Mark Suster (Upfront Ventures) Bill Gurley (Benchmark Capital) Ben Horowitz (Andreessen Horowitz) A16Z.com Stories (Andreessen Horowitz) Hunter Walker (Homebrew) Charles Hudson (SoftTech VC) Reid Hoffman (Greylock Partners) Jeremy Liew/Various (Lightspeed Venture Partners)

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Top 10 Entrepreneur Blogs to Follow

“Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” ― George Santayana Here are the Top 10 Entrepreneur Blogs that we recommend following, in no particular order: Sachin Rekhi Andrew Chen Matt Blumberg Joel Cascoigne Venture Hacks Dharmesh Shah Seth Godin Get Elastic Mark Cuban Dave McClure Do you know any other entrepreneur blogs that

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Investment Theme: Sharing Economy

The concept of a Sharing Economy, closely tied to Collaborative Consumption, is rooted in turning underutilized assets and resources into new jobs, income streams, and community networks. The Sharing Economy leverages information technology and social networks to efficiently match potential users with non-commercial providers of goods or services. This process enables owners to monetize their

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Investment Theme: Crowdfunding

The concept of Crowdfunding, effectively the application of Crowdsourcing to fundraising, is rooted in connecting entrepreneurs and other creators with alternative sources of capital, namely individuals, by leveraging information technology and networks. Crowdfunding can effectively disintermediate traditional external funding sources such as banks and venture capital firms by sourcing capital directly from interested individuals. Capital

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Investment Theme: Alternative Education Platforms

Alternative Education Platforms exist to promote the democratization of education through free or low-cost technology-enabled courses. Types of Alternative Education Platforms range from Massive Open Online Courses (“MOOCs”) such as Coursera, Udacity, and Udemy to other unaccredited platforms for skill development such as Codecademy, General Assembly, and Khan Academy. The recent popularity of Alternative Education

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Investment Theme: Verticalized Online Marketplaces

Marketplaces facilitate the exchange of goods or services between buyers and sellers, users and producers, and renters and owners. Marketplaces operate as intermediaries; therefore, they tend to be capital efficient businesses with no inventory to purchase or manage. Verticalized Online Marketplaces leverage information technology to create large, online platforms serving very specific markets such as

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Investment Theme: Subscription Commerce

Subscription Commerce has gained significant traction in the last several years. These E-Commerce companies follow a variety of models. Some offer subscription plans to conveniently deliver disposable goods to consumers at their home, freeing them from frequent trips to the store. These can either be popular, branded products such as those distributed by BarkBox, or

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