Category: Guy Turner

I’m not saying the bull run is over, but just in case…

Like everyone else who watches the news, we too have heard about the yield curve inverting, raising the question, “Is this finally the end of […]

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Inside the inside round

I’ve had two conversations about inside rounds in as many days – one with a portfolio company and another with a company outside of our […]

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Okay, so what’s the number?

I often have conversations with founders that go as follows: Me: That sounds like terrific progress with customers and revenue, how does churn look? Founder […]

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Seed, speed, and we’re still here: my first decade in venture

December will mark a decade for me in venture. I didn’t start full-time, but it was nearly ten years ago that I landed an internship […]

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SaaS: How will your 10th sale be 10 times easier than your first?

There was a period early on when we called ourselves a SaaS fund, playing just slightly on the “me too” side of the biggest trend […]

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It’s 6:30pm. Do you know where your team members are?

Remember when it was just the five of you – three co-founders and two devs? You were flying from city to city knocking down your […]

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New Year Letter

As a kid, I remember a pile of holiday “update” letters on our sideboard during the Holidays. People wrote in depth about their year, positive […]

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Why Tesla will never be Apple

I regularly argue with my partners about how amazing Tesla is or isn’t. We all agree Tesla’s technology and product are a leap forward, but […]

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Moving a startup from bottom third to top third (it’s the people, silly)

The common wisdom of venture is that you lose all your money in the bottom third of your companies, score singles to triples in the […]

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Meet eTurns: Marshalls + eCommerce Returns

I am a Marshalls shopper. For most utility purchases ranging from socks to sheets to olive oil, Marshalls is my go-to. I am not alone. […]

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Meet eTurns: Marshalls + eCommerce Returns

I am a Marshalls shopper. For most utility purchases ranging from socks to sheets to olive oil, Marshalls is my go-to. I am not alone. […]

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Fixing things and building people – why we invested in Fixer

We recently announced our investment in Fixer, led by Founder Collective and including Chicago’s Impact Engine. Fixer is a service that fixes anything in your […]

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Fixing things and building people – why we invested in Fixer

We recently announced our investment in Fixer, led by Founder Collective and including Chicago’s Impact Engine. Fixer is a service that fixes anything in your […]

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How much do you want to sell for?

As our portfolio matures, I increasingly see the importance of the question “how much do you want to sell for?” From initial investment decision, to […]

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Four paths to entering B2B markets and clearing table stakes

As modal B2B software investors we frequently see entrepreneurs struggling with the drag of table stakes. How do you focus resources on an innovative or […]

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Flying for money: How to raise Series A and B outside Silicon Valley

Our strategy – serving our mission of great returns for our investors and entrepreneurs – is to assist our portfolio companies in raising a strong […]

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Why I’m long the US economy (and millennials will buy cars and houses)

I’ve spent the last year scratching my head over the continued (and rapid) stock market rise amidst government uncertainty at home, geopolitical threats abroad and […]

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Why I’m long the US economy (and millennials will buy cars and houses)

I’ve spent the last year scratching my head over the continued (and rapid) stock market rise amidst government uncertainty at home, geopolitical threats abroad and […]

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Is your startup shock resistant?

A friend and I were discussing Chicago’s appointment of a Chief Resilience Officer, a role that focuses on the city’s ability to recover rapidly from […]

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Healing healthcare with startups

This is my first blog about healthcare and healthcare investing. When we started HPVP six years ago, we expected that 25 to 30% of our […]

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