Beyond the Money: Some VCs Provide Startups With A Competitive Edge

Surprisingly, some of the most important resources from a VC isn’t the financial funding. When I meet with startups I find it helpful to find out who their investor is, secondly, it’s important to watch how VCs are funding, as it impacts what type of technologies we’ll see in the next few months. I don’t know as much as I want to about the VC world, so when I have questions I turn to Jennifer Jones, just this weekend we were engaged in the topic of the overall value that VCs bring. No, not just the money aspect, but the other intangible benefits, as VCs provide several intangible services to their portfolio companies, as I understand it, they include: VCs … Continue readingBeyond the Money: Some VCs Provide Startups With A Competitive Edge

Wrapup: What’s on the mind of VCs, Entrepreneurs, and Industry Analysts

Left: Scale Venture Partners brought VPs of Marketing, CMOs and founders portfolio clients to meet with me last week. When we think of influencer groups in the social media space, we often think of top bloggers like Techcrunch, RWW, GigaOm, Fast Company, Cnet, yet there’s a whole ‘nother influence group that rarely gets ink –I’m starting to spend more time with them as it helps me to better understand the space. An inconspicuous influencer group . The last seven business days have been intensive full day sessions with vendors for my upcoming Forrester Wave research on community platforms. I’m always energized by the fire in the eyes and the passion that comes through when talking to founders and entrepreneurs. Sadly, … Continue readingWrapup: What’s on the mind of VCs, Entrepreneurs, and Industry Analysts