Top 50 Venture Capital Blog Posts of 2009
1. Ed Sim (Dawntreader Ventures)
"Without a bigger sense of purpose, it is hard to be an entrepreneur and stick through the inevitable tough times that will come your way."
2. Josh Kopelman (First Round Capital)
Discusses the repurcussions of accessible data and the necessity of transparency with your Board of Directors.
3. Jeremy Liew (Lightspeed Venture Partners)
Trend to watch for in 2010: Social Gaming, this article tells you why.
4. Seth Levine (Foundry Group)
Levine recommends taking the steps included in his blog article to boost the economy and create jobs.
5. Chistopher Allen (Alacrity Ventures)
What defines the success of a community and how can we predict this?
6. Fred Wilson (Union Square Ventures)
An inside peak into VC email response.
7. Bill Gurley (Benchmark Capital)
VC Bill Gurley takes readers through an overview of the ups and downs of 2009.
8. Paul Graham (Y Combinator)
If VC Paul Graham could tell startups 13 things, these would be them.
9. Dave Hornik (August Capital)
Innovation isn’t dependent upon finance.
10. Brad Feld (Foundry Group)
Advice on putting the phone down, and paying attention at board meetings.
11. David McClure (Founders Fund)
This vlog teaches new entreprenuers what metrics really matter in the early stages of their development.
12. Erick Schonfeld (Techcrunch)
A quarterly overview on VC funds raised from Q3 2007 – Q3 2009. $750 million of the $1.6 billion raised went to Khosla ventures.
13. MG Siegler (Techcrunch)
A successful exit for a small social media startup; FriendFeed was purchased in August 2009 for $50 million. Highlights the payout for initial investors.
14. Steve Fredrick and Don Rainey (VentureBeat)
Highlights included 3 venture-backed IPOs in Q3 2009, an expanding start-up world and the reduced cash required to start companies.
15. Marc Andreessen (Andreessen Horowitz)
Announcing a new $300 million fund for technology startups. Investing between $50,000 and $50 million, this blog post outlines EXACTLY Andreessen Horowitz’s requirements.
16. Laura Grimmer (VentureBeat)
Excellent advice for VCs looking to grow their business and expand the pipeline of deals.
17. Peter Rip (Crosslink Capital)
Refutes the idea that venture capital is the worst place to be because the "old model doesn’t work."
18. Rick Segal (JLA Ventures)
Questions every person should ask themselves before they take a deal with a venture capital firm.
19. Mike Hirshland (Polaris Venture Partners)
When should the founder step aside as CEO for the greater good of the company?
20. Jeff Bussgang (Flybridge Capital Partners)
Recommendations for a growth mindset and success for reaching goals as an entrepreneur.
21. Tim Oren (Pacifica Fund)
What are the long term social and political impacts of Silicon Valley? Some insightful thoughts into Silicon Valley culture.
22. Eric Friedman (Union Square Ventures)
Until a contract is signed – it’s not a done deal.
23. Mike Speiser (SutterHill Ventures)
Publishers should incentivize advertisers to create good content. Brings up the idea of ad content that enhances, rather than diminishes, user experience.
24. Matt McCall (DFJ Portage Venture Partners)
Addresses the age old question of whether entreprenuers in the tech space need to be in Silicon Valley to succeed.
25. Stu Phillips (Ridgelift Ventures)
Stu Phillips raises an important point – VC2.0 which began with the Internet and resulting bubble – is out. A new system needs to be created.
26. Jason Caplain (Southern Capitol Ventures)
Entreprenuers need to connect with their buyers early on; sales is an integral part of EVERY company.
27. Jason Mendelson (Foundry Group)
A VC outlook on the legislation changes proposed that will alter the ability for companies to get financed.
28. Nic Brisbourne (Esprit Capital Partners)
"Any business plan that has financial forecasts under year 1, year 2, etc. rather than 2009, 2010, etc. is too early stage for us." Brisbourne urges entrepreneurs to be precise in their projections and have a definitive timeline for revenue.
29. Albert Wenger (Union Square Ventures)
Historical hiring practices may affect the ability to bring on diverse, younger talent.
30. David B. Lerner (Totius Group, Columbia Venture Lab)
An important point for every founder to konw – your investment is on the back end – not from annual salary.
31. Larry Cheng (Fidelity Ventures)
Two success stories of companies who exited in spite of single point of failure possibilities.
32. Raj Kapoor (Mayfield Fund)
Interesting take on how social networks will continue to monetize.
33. Will Price (Hummer Winblad)
The importance of being present in the moment AND enjoying it.
34. Howard Morgan (First Round Capital)
Morgan talks about business plans that excite him as a potential user – not as an investor.
35. Mark Suster (GRP Partners)
"Business etiquette tips for dealing with VCs and Corporates at Conferences"
36. Christine Herron (First Round Capital)
What’s the Secret Success of Mint.com? The Real Numbers Behind Aaron Patzer’s Growth Strategy
How much does it take to get started? When should you raise money? Interview with Mint.com CEO opens up and answers these questions.
37. Fred Destin (Atlas Ventures)
Destin posts the answers to "tell me why VCs are disliked by entrepreneurs"
38. Rob Day (@Ventures)
Day clears up what Cleantech is, and in which firms "Cleantech VCS" invest.
39. David Feinleib (Mohr Davidow Ventures)
When You Are the Product
A reminder that, regardless of the technology or device, when pitching investors you are pitching yourself.
40. Bijan Sabet (Spark Capital)
Creating an Operating Plan for 2010
Advice for any year really, on creating an operating plan that works.
41. Phillippe Botteri (Bessemer Venture Partners)
How has the recession affected SaaS? Not much.
42. Andrew Parker (Union Square Ventures)
How does Microsoft’s Bing plan to compete? By paying customers not to compete.
43. Mark Peter Davis (DFJ Gotham Ventures)
The pros and cons of two finance methods for startups.
44. Allen Morgan (Mayfield Fund)
Quick thoughts on the differences between the co-founders and early employees.
45. James Chen (CXO Ventures)
Don’t Bite the Hand that Feeds
This lesson applies to both business and government: Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.
46. David Aronoff (Flybridge Capital Partners)
Why do companies fail?
47. Max Bleyleben (Kennet Partners)
The Hunt for Growth Is On
Tech success is creeping into Europe and other markets as the US emerges from recession.
48. Jason Ball (Qualcomm Ventures Europe)
Pitch your startup: VCIC 2009
2009 awards have been given, but 2010 awards are just around the corner.
49. Don Rainey (Grotech Ventures)
The 7 Troublemakers you meet in a Startup
7 personality archetypes an entrepreneur can expect to meet when starting a company.
50. Peter Haas (Founder, AIDG)
In Social Enterprise, Force Yourself to be an Entrepreneur First
Ten rules for starting an international service organization.