Archives / February, 2009

Crash Course on Venture Capital

Last night, I was a guest of the Silicon Flatirons to present a "crash course" on venture capital.  Basically, it was a no holds barred town hall-type conversation where I led off with a brief presentation and then opened it up to the 200 or so attendees to ask questions.  I encouraged the audience to…

The TechStars are Coming! The TechStars are Coming!

Big news today- TechStars is coming to Boston!  As announced by TechCrunchs, TechStars is expanding outside of Boulder to include Boston.  For those of you unfamiliar with the program, TechStars is a mentorship-driven entrepreneurship program.  In fact, I’ve been one of the mentors for the past two years.  The first company that I mentored, Socialthing!…

Beers with Brad in Seattle

My partner Brad is going to be hosting a party in Seattle on the 25th of February hanging out  with the entrepreneur and venture capital crowd.  If you’ve ever wanted to meet him and happen to be around, stop on by.  Here are the details.

Footers on Your Presentations Aren’t Irrelevant

So, I’m not your lawyer, but… I’ve seen many presentations over the past day or so that have been missing some crucial legal boilerplate. Copyright:   Any time you give a PowerPoint/Keynote, etc. presentation the footer should read “(C) 200X ‘Company Name’ Proprietary and Confidential” where X is the year that you are claiming protection. It’s…

Model Seed Documents – Direct From Techstars

Ever since Brad and I created our term sheet series, we’ve been regularly asked "okay, so what do some model documents look like?" Well, today, our friends at Techstars posted their model forms of seed financing documents. Techstars worked with Brad, myself and very closely with Cooley Godward Kronish, LLP (and specifically Mike Platt) to…

Everything That You Want To Know About Venture Capitalists

For those of you in the Boulder/Denver area, I’m giving a 1.5 hour “crash course” lecture on the VC industry. The program is February 24th at 5:15 at the CU law school.  You can find more information here. The topics will include everything from what makes VCs tick, who are our bosses, what are things…

Pizzeria Mozza – Perhaps the Best Pizza in the U.S.

I’m a pizza aficionado.  I love all styles and all types, but rarely do I find perfection.  I can happily say that I’ve found thin crust perfection at Pizzeria Mozza in Los Angeles, CA.  Super Chefs Nancy Silverton, Mario Batali and Joseph Bastianich have created an awesome pie with crisp, but not burnt crusts, a…

Paul’s Boutique, The Beastie Boys and Topspin

If you haven’t heard, the Beastie Boys have remastered Paul’s Boutique and launched on the Topspin platform.  According to the band, Paul’s Boutique now "actually does have enough bass to shatter your one frozen testicle." While I can’t vouch for that claim specifically, I can say there is more bass.  🙂 I think the creative…

Can’t Anyone Pay Their Damn Taxes?

Especially those whose paychecks come from our tax dollars?  The ones who are spending our tax dollars? Ugh. It wasn’t enough that our Treasury Secretary and our potential Health and Human Services head didn’t pay their taxes, but today, Obama’s candidate for the newly created “Chief Performance Office” clearly didn’t perform and pay her taxes….

Which Sports Car Are You?

I took the quiz and I am a Porsche 911.  That’s alright.  I can live with that.  I’d prefer being a Ferrari, but I think the fact that I work every day precludes me from being the venerable Italian brand. Here was my summary: You have a classic style, but you’re up-to-date with the latest…