Working relationships between startup cofounders are very much like the personal relationships of couples — at times wonderful, draining, magical, frustrating, intimate and stressful. Similar to a long-term committed relationship, cofounders enter into their journey together with the hopeRead More
Author: Robert Siegel
Oh, you lucky dog! When you started the process of raising money you hoped it would go well, but you didn’t really know for sure. The first few fundraising pitches were a little rough, and you had some doubtsRead More
As I recently re-read the opening of Charles Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities,” I realized just how prescient he was about modern Silicon Valley.
For the last several years, conventional wisdom has been that enterprise software is the exciting area in which venture capitalists should invest.
A large number of celebrated exits have occurred with firms such as WorkdayRead More
On January 5, 2014, Hunter Walk of Homebrew published a good blog post about how he spends his time as a VC. I enjoyed the column because it gets to the crux of how to be aRead More
When XSeed Capital engages initial discussions with a startup, the conversations usually surround traditional topics: what is the size of the market opportunity, how good is the current product/market fit, what skills does the team have or want toRead More
In the history of marketing, consumer product companies were the original leaders in understanding how data impacts their organization’s sales. Firms such as Proctor and Gamble and Unilever sold millions of goods across hundreds of product lines, andRead More
As I was running a mentoring session last week at the FailCon conference in San Francisco, the popular notion that entrepreneurs should be “authentic” kept rattling around in my head.
When I first arrivedRead More
Three times in my business career (twice recently) I have witnessed the metaphorical “winning” from a unique vantage point. No, I’m not referring to the Charley Sheen version of “winning,” but rather the raise the StanleyRead More