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
Generally speaking there are three types of exits: going out of business, getting acquired, and going public. Often overlooked but important to keep in mind is what I call “The Trapped in Amber Company.” It’s too big to shut down,Read 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
In XSeed’s first fund, we allocated a portion of capital to entrepreneurs pursuing breakthrough innovation at the intersection of IT and other technical disciplines. Our reasoning in pursuing these and a handful of other such investments was straight- forward: We believed, given the cost-performance vector of IT, that it would rapidly transform other disciplines and that companies could beRead More
In this day of instant communication, companies are both striving for and also required to pay close attention to the feedback of their customers. Stanford spin-out DropThought was founded a little over two years ago by Karan Chadhry and Ajith Ravi to provide a solution that reduces frictionRead More
This XSeed blog was written by former XSeed Fellow, Bella Rozenkrants, PhD candidate at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Customer identity plays an important and often overlooked role in a firm’s marketing messages. The things people own and products they use become extensions of who they are, and come to reflect what people and, sometimes, companies standRead More
A capitalization table (often referred to as a “cap table”) is a tool used to display the ownership of a company. Given that venture-backed firms are constantly raising new capital, the ownership structures of these companies can be relatively complex as each round of funding may bring in new owners and is often based on different valuations. Consequently, itRead 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