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Entrepreneurship

Wanted: Entrepreneur to Pitch to Me During Class

I co-teach a class at the University of Colorado Law School called “VC 360.”  We have both MBA and JD candidates and the course deals with all things in the entrepreneurial / venture ecosystem. Each year, we have a pitch day where one entrepreneur comes in and pitches me.  The students get to watch.  The…

How to Cold Contact a Venture Capitalist

Every day I get many unsolicited emails asking for either my time or my checkbook.  Most of them make me feel like I’m on a mailing list, as they clearly are from folks whom have done little to no research on me or Foundry Group.  It’s not like I’m looking for entrepreneurs to do a…

Rideorama – Winners of the 4th Annual CU New Venture Challenge

The 4th annual CU New Venture Challenge has come and gone and the student entrepreneurs have only gotten more impressive.  Now in its fourth year, over 40 companies entered the competition with six of these teams moving to the finals. One of the finalists received a grant from the Department of Energy and many of the finalists were…

Colorado Is Now #4 Ranked Destination for Early-Stage Venture Capital Investment

One of the cool perks of being on the National Venture Capital Association board of directors is that I get to see lots of interesting data on the venture capital industry.  The research staff, along with PriceWaterhouseCoopers  are constantly looking at trends and data that provide unique and useful insights into the ecosystem and publish under…

The Coolest Thing I Saw at SXSW – I Employ Veterans (Your Help Needed)

My partner Ryan and I just returned from SXSW.  We spent a lot of time meeting with entrepreneurs, spending time with some of our companies and catching some great music.  (In short if you don’t know who L.P., Punch Brothers and Ed Sheeran are, find out immediately – amazing music). But the coolest idea that…

The Senate Should Finish the Good Work They Started

With ongoing partisan politics fostering endless inertia in Congress, it would be easy for us citizens to throw in the towel and assume that nothing of legislative substance will get done this year.  Yet VCs and entrepreneurs are eternal optimists and, in fact, we actually have a bill poised to do great things for venture-backed portfolio companies…

I’m Hanging in Fort Collins, where are you?

As part of the Startup Colorado initiative, my colleague Mike Weiner and I are spending December 7th in Fort Collins.  Our goal is to meet as many people involved in the entrepreneurial ecosystem and figure out if there are better ways to tie what we are doing in Boulder with Fort Collins. As part of…

University of Colorado Law School is Hiring

As Dean Phil Weiser develops Colorado Law and meets the opportunities and challenges ahead for legal education, he is building his team with a number of positions open.  If you are interested, or know great candidates who are, they can reach out to Phil directly (phil.weiser@colorado.edu) and read more below: An Academic Entrepreneur to Build…

Ann Arbor – The Potential Sleeping Giant for Entrepreneurism

Every couple / few years, I head back to Ann Arbor, Michigan to spend a few days reconnecting with my alma mater and to check out the startup ecosystem.  My visit usually includes meeting with entrepreneurs, spending time with the different organizations that support entrepreneurs and guest lecturing. I’ve always thought that Ann Arbor has…

CU New Venture Challenge is Back!

If you’d like to see what the student start-up scene is like in Boulder, check out the Third Annual CU New Venture Challenge Championships on the evening of Thursday, March 10th in the Wolf Law Building on campus. Supported by Silicon Flatirons and several other academic partners, this campus-wide business plan competition encourages students from…