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What log scale interval are you?

If there’s such a thing as an anti-linkbait title this post is a canonical example, but this topic keeps coming up in conversation so it’s time to take a swing at writing it down. The concept of the power law distribution is a common one in startup-land, whether you’re talking about venture capital outcomes, app store downloads or income inequality: many markets continue…

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Welcoming Garmentory to the Founders’ Co-op family

I’ve always been fascinated by the interplay between online and offline — finding out what aspects of a brand or service offering can be shifted online, and what elements of the experience are so “sticky” that customers will be willing to pay a premium to keep them in the real world. (As usual, this blog is continue…

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Welcoming LiveStories to the Founders’ Co-op family

Data-based decision-making is the norm in business — huge companies (e.g., Oracle, Salesforce, Tableau) have been built around the market for managing, measuring and visualizing the data flows in large enterprises. But even mature companies struggle to find enough humans — a.k.a. “Data Scientists” — with the skills to manage these tools and interpret and continue…

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Techstars Seattle

My long-time business partner Andy Sack just announced his resignation as Managing Director of Techstars Seattle. Together, we also announced that I’ll be taking on that role as soon as he wraps up the final details on his most recent class. This post shares some of the backstory on how that all came to pass, continue…

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Just say no

Between Techstars and Founders’ Co-op, I spend a lot of time helping early-stage companies raise money. I also hear a ton of pitches myself, and (for reasons that I try hard to be transparent about), my answer to the question “will you invest” is almost always “no”. Since I see both the buy + sell side of the continue…

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More bad startup ideas

Garry Tan published a great piece yesterday titled “Travel planning software: the most common bad startup idea“. And while I strongly agree with his (dark) assessment of that category of opportunity and have seen my share of related pitches, there are several other equally bad ones that I see even more often. Inspired by Garry’s continue…

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Treat your sales engine like a product

I had a great meeting today with a portfolio company CEO I hadn’t seen in a while. We covered a bunch of ground in the meeting, but the statement that stuck with me the most was how he described the company’s approach to scaling their sales capacity: “We treat sales like a product and invest continue…

The Entrepreneurial Value Chain

I’ve been spending a ton of time lately on activities that don’t obviously have much to do with my actual “work” — which in its broadest description includes anything and everything needed to help Pacific Northwest founders build big software companies from scratch. Whenever I catch myself wondering why I’m doing something — or better continue…