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The Birth Of Floodgate

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In the early days, I decided this is a people-flow business and not a deal-flow business. I’ve always had this leap of faith that if you just spend all your time with smart awesome people, that the dots will forward connect. The deals will reveal themselves, and somehow you’ll get into some good ones.

via The Birth Of Floodgate: Text Of My Discussion With Mike Maples – Haywire.

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November 20, 2014 at 9:22 pm

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The Agency Moment

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Agency is not automatic. It has to be given birth to, with pushing and effort. It’s not just the confidence and drive to act. It’s having engraved inner criteria to guide action. The agency moment can happen at any age, or never. I guess that’s when adulthood starts.

via The Agency Moment – NYTimes.com.

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November 15, 2014 at 8:57 am

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Datacenter Networking trends run counter to Moore’s Law

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James Hamilton is the man when it comes to datacenter efficiency and economics, so if he says it, believe it…

Networking is interesting because it’s an area that is running counter-Moore and actually getting relatively more expensive while the rest of the industry is going the other way

via Perspectives – AWS re:Invent Conference.

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November 8, 2014 at 10:09 pm

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4 startup equity and employment agreement gotchas

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  1. Convertible debt should count in total shares outstanding b/c it almost *always* converts.
  2. Properly-written double triggers give meaningful downstream protection.
  3. Divide by 5-10 what the VC swears he won’t sell the company for less than.
  4. Have written proof of preference structure, and you’ll be taken care of upon exit.

via Chris Zaharias CEO of SearchQuant | LinkedIn.

Written by John Gannon

October 18, 2014 at 8:52 am

How publishers can avoid the race to the bottom

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The number of page views will continue to grow exponentially, but ad budgets might grow at 10 percent per year at best. When you marry those two things, CPMs can only go down. Advertising is no longer going to be a high-value product. For publishers, that means you have to figure out how to drive your long-term relationships to get your audience to buy higher-margin projects from you.

via How Gigaom Built a Media Business Around Free Content | Mediashift | PBS.

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October 17, 2014 at 4:00 pm

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Why today could be the day for your startup

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I left my job at Cisco expecting that it might take six months to start a company. Two and a half years and more than a half-dozen serious start-up explorations later, I started BloomReach. There were plenty of reasons for the long run up. Markets that turned south. Teams that did not gel. Ideas that sucked. Prototypes that I hated. I tried to keep the bar high, believing that if I was going to pour my life into something, it had to work.

- Raj De Datta, CEO and Co-founder of Bloomreach (from ‘Entrepreneurs don’t interview, they commit.’)

If you are starting a company your first team, target market segment, or product idea may not stick.

You’ll need to pivot your product, target market segment, or team (OK, maybe all 3 at once).

So clearly financial runway (personal and company) is important.

What you may not realize is that runway, even if it’s just a tiny landing strip, generates a ton of option value.

The best part? Doesn’t matter if you have 12 months or 12 weeks or 12 days of runway left to take advantage of it.

Today could be the day.

Another great reason to stick with the struggle

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October 13, 2014 at 11:30 am

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Lead with content…even when you’re tiny

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If you’re a small business that doesn’t have the resources for content creators, editors, and whatever else is needed to run those operations, I say do what I did in 2006 when I had the wine show: Take hours away from staffing, strategizing, selling, and all the other things you’re doing, and put one, two, three hours into becoming a media company. I really do believe that this practice has, and will continue to have, an enormous upside to the future of business.

via How Small Businesses Can Compete With Fortune 500s | LinkedIn.

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October 8, 2014 at 3:13 pm

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