Archives / October, 2009

Oblong on Bloomberg Innovators

Bloomberg TV is running a show called Bloomberg Innovators.  One of our portfolio companies – Oblong – is the focus of the first episode that airs this Friday (10/30) on Bloomberg TV at 9pm and 11pm ET.  Unfortunately, I became part of the show and had a bad hair day.  I’m speaking in front of…

Oppose Bailouts for Venture Capital Investors

As the Obama administration starts to talk about propping up small businesses with the next phase of the bailout, I’ve begun hearing noise from some venture capitalists and angel investors that the government should provide financial support to startups, early-stage venture capitalists and angel investors. All I can say to this is “vomit.” There are…

Colorado University New Venture Challenge Gaining Momentum

The 2nd annual CU Venture Challenge is upon us.  If you have a CU identification card, have a great idea and want free mentorship and potential funding if you win, then check it out. November 11th kicks off a presentation by Paul Berberian talking about how to pick a good idea and whether or not…

Can Cold Calling a Venture Capitalist Lead to Investment?

Yes. In fact today, we announced our latest investment.  The company is called Organic Motion and they reached out to us having absolutely no connections to our group. We met the company through our blogging at the Foundry Group.  It’s the second company (Brightleaf being the other) that introduced themselves to us after reading posts…

Should We Be Creating New Musical Instruments?

Every once in a while I get sent a link of a “new” music instrument that will “revolutionize” the music world. And every time I have the same reaction:  So what? Check out the video below of the Eigenharp that claims to be the most revolutionary new musical instrument of the last 60 years” The…

TechStars TV Bloopers

As with any good series, there are always good outtakes.  The TechStars Founders video series is no exception, either.  And yes, I do look like an idiot.  Check it out.  The Founders | Bloopers from Megan Leigh Sweeney on Vimeo.

Next Big Sound is Hiring

Our latest investment, Next Big Sound is hiring.  Here is he scoop: Software Engineer – Products Interested in creating great products and tools for the music industry? We are seeking an experienced Software Engineer to join our engineering team. The position is full-time and is based in our main office in downtown Boulder, CO. Create…

Just When You Thought It Was Safe for Venture Capital Regulation…

Last week, venture capitalists perked up when reform out of the House of representatives carved out VCs falling under the tight scrutiny that private equity and hedge funds are soon to endure. If you’d like to read about the regulation issue, it’s part of my letter to Obama on innovation policy blog a while back….

How To Wind Down Your Company – New Series

Of the most popular posts that Brad and I have created are our series on Term Sheets, Compensation, and Mergers and Acquisitions.  One of the subjects that we’ve wanted to tackle has been the dissolution of companies.  It’s never fun to think about failure, but it happens a lot. I recently gave an interview about…