Category: Ian Hathaway

The Myth of the Young Startup Founder

In February 2004, Mark Zuckerberg famously launched Facebook from his Harvard dorm room at the age of 19. By that summer, Zuckerberg moved himself and […]

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Europe’s Venture-Backed IPOs and American Exchanges

Last month, my friend Nicolas Colin, a Director at The Family, described Europe’s tech IPOs as “boring” in a newsletter. Among other points, Colin argues […]

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How to Tell if You Have Product/Market Fit

This is a debate that will never be settled. Plenty has been written about how to define product/market fit. The consensus seems to be: (a) […]

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Hidden First Rounds

One of the drawbacks of venture capital databases is that they are dynamic. Information trickles in, often with significant time lags. This is especially true […]

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What Does Your City Say?

This morning a friend reminds of a Paul Graham article from 2008 titled Cities and Ambition. It’s excellent. For those of you who don’t know, […]

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A Second Nobel Prize in Startup Communities

Last year, I wrote about Elinor Ostrom, an American political economist, who was awarded the 2009 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for her work on […]

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WeWork’s Collapsing Valuation in Context

WeWork’s calamitous IPO process may have moved into a new phase on Friday, as news reports claimed that the company is considering a valuation as […]

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VC: An American History (Book Review)

Introduction Early Risk Capital Investing (early-1800s to 1940s) The Rise of ARD and the Formalization of VC (mid-1940s to mid-1960s) Silicon Valley and the Institutionalization […]

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Platforms versus Pipes

One of the biggest challenges facing startup communities (or ecosystems if you prefer) is the inability of “feeder” organizations—such as governments, economic development authorities, corporations, […]

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Accelerated Companies at Series A

A friend asks: “what percentage of U.S. startups that raise a Series A do not go through an incubator or accelerator?” That’s a great question […]

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Ikigai

Over the weekend, I first learned about the Japanese concept “Ikigai” (eee-kee-guy), which translates to “reason for being” or “reason for living.” I don’t recall […]

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It’s been a record quarter for European VC investment

This article originally posted at Sifted. In the first quarter of 2019, European startups raised a record amount of venture capital investment. That’s the key […]

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If You Want to Better Understand Startup Communities, Read These Three Women

I’m working hard on The Startup Community Way this week with my co-author Brad Feld. As we’re polishing up the meaty part of the book—which […]

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Startup Communities Everywhere in the World

Amy and I are in Knoxville, Tennessee all week. We are with Ian Hathaway (my co-author of an upcoming book titled The Startup Community Way) […]

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Silicon Valley VCs are investing more in European startups

This article originally posted at Sifted. Silicon Valley investors are growing increasingly interested in Europe. That’s the main takeaway from this Sifted Chart of the […]

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The 1% (of VC)

In the last year, I have written about the increasing size of venture capital deals across the round stages and what it means (here, here, […]

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Why Content-Driven Strategy is Smart Business

Nicolas Colin, Co-Founder and Director, The Family My friend Nicolas Colin has an excellent new article out titled “Content-Driven Strategy,” in which he makes a […]

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How Change Happens

I recently picked up a copy of How Change Happens: Why Some Social Movements Succeed While Others Don’t, a book out last year by Leslie […]

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Which cities lead the nation for women founding venture-backed startups?

This article originally posted at the Brookings Institution. International Women’s Day is this week, and millions around the world are mobilizing to celebrate womanhood and […]

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How venture capital mega-rounds obscure improving gender diversification of startup founders

Last month, I published The Ascent of Women-Founded Venture-Backed Startups in the United States—a new report for the Center for American Entrepreneurship. I encourage you […]

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