There’s something special about breakout Silicon Valley-style innovation. Not the ecosystem that makes it possible for hundreds — if not thousands — of efforts to launch, but the handful that win. And keepRead More
Silicon Valley has remained the innovation engine of the world since its consumer beginnings in 1977. After that first wave of innovation, when the Apple II and the Atari VCS/2600 debuted, we’ve been through two more waves of innovation. The secondRead More
The spate of high profile cyberattacks have raised the awareness of cybersecurity to the board level and encouraged venture capitalists to pour money into this sector. In 2013 the industry received $1.7 billion of VC money across 240 deals,Read More
In a previous article, I described many unappreciated risks in competing in a crowded market. This article explains when to try and how to succeed in attacking a crowded market.Read 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
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