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Venture Capital

Recap of Mendelson’s Musings

I’ve been getting some emails regarding past series that I’ve written and why they can’t find it on this blog. That’s because, most of what I’ve written / co-written prior to my blog has been on Feld Thoughts or AskTheVC.  So, here’s a small recap. 1. Term Sheet Series – go here 2. Compensation Series…

Y Combinator Model Seed Financing Documents

Given my discussions on Law Firm 2.0 and how to make legal services more efficient, I was happy to see someone take a stab at some model financing documents for seed deals.  I’ve had several people ask me what I think of the Y Combinator documents.  In general, I like them.  I think they are…

Everything That Happens Will Happen Today

Today, David Byrne and Brian Eno have released their new album "Everything That Happens Will Happen Today."  I’ve just started to listen to it and so far, it’s really excellent. The melodies are eclectic, yet familiar and David’s voice sounds the same as it ever was.  And you may ask yourself why this album is…

Socialthing! Acquired by AOL

While I’m a little late to the party in delivering the news, I wanted to send a personal shout out to the Socialthing! team congratulating them on their acquisition by AOL. When I met Matt, Ben, Brian and later Joel, I found out from David Cohen that I would be their mentor for the inaugural…

Ignighter – From NYC to TechStars

Back in January of this year, I got an email introduction from my friend Sarah Reed introducing me to a New York-based company called Ignighter.com.  The premise was simple, yet novel:  current online dating services don’t "work" for the current crop for 20-35 year olds.  Ignighter had invented the concept of "group dating" which they…

Should I Pay My Venture Capitalist To Consult For My Company?

Many of you may know this, but I co-author Ask The VC with my partner Brad.  Normally, I don’t cross post content, but this one just frustrated me in a way that I haven’t felt in a while.  Q:  My company is backed by VC firm to whom we also pay a $2k/month "consulting fee."…

I Know What You Are Thinking… (Well Not Really)

Yesterday, we announced our latest investment at Foundry Group.  EmSense, based in San Francisco, has created the first scalable physiological and brainwave measurement technology platform, which provides accurate and objective moment-by-moment analysis of how a large audience responds emotionally and cognitively to media messaging. When Ryan and I met the company for our initial meeting…

Investment in Topspin

Given my passion for all things music, I’ve always wanted to find a great VC deal to invest in.  Ryan and I have spent about 7 years looking for one and finally found what we think is an amazing company. See our Foundry Group posting on the investment.  Needless to say, I’m totally geeked. 

Gnip is Alive

We just posted a blog on Gnip, one of our latest investments over at the Foundry Group site. I’m really excited about this company.  As a heavy web applications user, my marginal enjoyment of these applications has begun to decrease as scalability issues have exponentially increased.  Take a read, it’s really a great idea and…

There is no "I" in Foundry

For those of you not familiar with the Foundry Group, we collectively author a blog about our investment themes, our portfolio companies and what we think differentiates us from other venture capitalists. Today’s post on the Foundry Group blog is titled "There is no "I" in Foundry," which describes our team approach to running Foundry…