Last summer, I did a really fun podcast with Joe Stump called The Business of Coding. Joe’s company is just now posting the interview, check out the Quick Left blog and listen to the other podcasts in the series.
The news broke today that Oculus is joining Facebook for $2 billion, and I couldn’t be happier for Palmer, Brendan, Nate, Laird and the amazing crew over at Oculus. Working with a team like this on a mission like this is why you work in, invest in, and love startups. As Santo wrote about, we fell…
Fantastic ride. Great lessons learned by Nabeel while it’s still fresh.
I was sitting at The Creamery coffee shop a couple months ago with a friend, who without much segueway started raving about a local company called The Juice Shop. “Have you tried their A+ Deep Green juice? Life changing!” I was of course open to try it but their nearest location was in Cow Hollow,…
Fairly certain I am going to use this a lot. I mean, they deliver from Hill Country and Cafe Grumpy!
When Nelson Mandela died, my mind immediately went to the first time I had heard of such an amazing man. It was the late 80s. My big brother, a Paul Simon fan, and been given the Graceland: The African Concert VHS as a gift, and would play it frequently. The concert seemed magical. Most of the songs were from Graceland, but mixed in there were a bunch of cool African artists — mostly South African — like Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Miriam Makeba.
Then, there was Bring Him Back Home. This song was different, because it wasn’t just music: It was a message, a plea. It was, for me, perhaps the most powerful use of music I had heard at less than 10 years old.
So, when Mandela died, not having much more significant to contribute, I found an old DVD copy of this amazing concert and have shared it with my brother (and dad, who gave us both the gift of music).
It is with a heavy heart we announce that Everpix will be shutting down in the coming weeks.
We started this company two years ago with the goals of solving the photo mess and designing better ways for people to enjoy their memories. We are very proud of the work we’ve done—from the cutting-edge…
It’s a cliché reply, but to the half-dozen folks who have asked me for my thoughts on this, my reply is “Startups are hard.”
It’s true. On a daily basis there are dozens of decisions that may one day lead to you writing a post like the one above, or lead you to an IPO, or lead you to something in between.
How do you price your product? Where do you advertise? Who do you hire? What do you optimize for in your product development process? How much money do you raise? How quickly do you ramp employees?
As “competitors” we only saw the Everpix handle these questions from a distance. I can definitely say we admired most every move they made along the way. Certainly we thought their product was simple and beautiful.
For people who are wondering about Picturelife, the good news is we’re very much here and here for the long-run. We’ve raised money, are spending our cash and have priced our product with the idea of staying around for a very long time. Our growth has likely not had the major spikes others have had — we’ve never been the darling of TechCrunch or Hacker News, but the charts look like a long sloping curve, up and to the right, steadily getting steeper, on into the future.
So, long live the great people who tried to make Everpix work. I hope, as they wind down the service, we as a company absorb some of the love of photographs and memories that the Everpix team most obviously shared with us. It was an honor to live along side them and we appreciate everything they did.
I’m delighted to share that I am now a general partner with Spark Capital. The team at Spark is an amazing group of people who teach me something new every day. I really appreciate all their support, and this endorsement of my work to date means a lot. I’m delighted we’ll have the opportunity to…
Of all the people I’ve met in this world of startups and investing, I don’t know if I could think more highly of a person than Andrew Parker. I still remember the first time we met — nextSummer — and off the bat I could tell he was a special guy. I feel lucky to have remained friends ever since.
Last week Andrew and I caught up for the first time since I became CEO at Picturelife. While most of the time we talked about the company and my new role, I also made sure I got an update from him. And he was telling me what was new with him, and what’s been interesting him, I interrupted Andrew and blurted “They had better make you Partner!”
Andrew said he wasn’t worried about it one way or another and tried to get back to what I had interrupted him from, but I wouldn’t let up. I remember saying something like “No, it’s something they really should do. Making you Partner would tell the world that Spark knows what the future of VC looks like and feels like.”
I meant it. And, hearing this news today couldn’t make me happier — happier as a friend, of course, but also as a Spark portfolio company, and, more broadly, as a actor in this world of early stage innovation and investing. Seeing Spark make Andrew a GP gives me faith in the firm and in this industry as a whole.
Tl;dr: Instead of earning equity from the businesses they accelerate, accelerators could earn royalties from the revenues of such businesses. This could enable accelerators to help entrepreneurs grow and bootstrap their business instead of forcing them to raise capital.
My wife and I co-founded the Voice123 brand ten years ago. Today, it’s a successful business with 30 employees. Its success didn’t depend on angels, accelerators, or venture capitalists (VCs). In fact, had we listened to any of them, Voice123 would not exist today. There are thousands, maybe millions, of entrepreneurs like us out there. The current model made popular by Silicon Valley is suffocating many of them and killing startups that could also become successful. This article explains how and offers an alternative.
Congratulations! Together, we’ve connected for face-to-face conversations for more than a million minutes. That’s like me and you talking constantly for two years straight. Luckily, the whole Ohours community helped out, and we still have vocal chords.
I wanted to take a second to recap some of…
So proud of this. Who can be the next custodian of Ohours?