The Case for EiR

This post originally appeared on Medium. For the past couple decades I’ve been focused non-stop on founding and running start-ups back to back, punctuated by intense immersions at some of the more culturally influential companies of our times from SEGA to Twitter. So it was new territory when I found myself with breathing room trying … Continue reading

The Case For Censorship In The New Social Age

Intellectuals for centuries have campaigned against censorship. From Ben Franklin to John F. Kennedy to Justice Earl Warren, the argument has been much the same: Censorship is antithetical to democracy. More recently, megastar Jay-Z reiterated the point in his 2011 book, Decoded, writing simply that “we change people through conversation, not through censorship.” It’s pretty … Continue reading

Reflections On YCombinator Demo Day: How The Seed Market Has Changed

Earlier this week, I attended the Spring YCombinator Demo Day. I’ve been attending for six years now. Each time, I’m impressed by the intelligence, ambition and the polish of the founders presenting companies only a few weeks or months old. As I listened to the pitches, I wondered if the types of startups founders decide … Continue reading

The Four Key Steps In Startup Fund Raising Processes

Raising capital from venture capitalists at any stage can seem like a very strange, ambiguous and amorphous process. I’ve written about the way Redpoint diligences/researches a startup and its market and what questions we tend to ask at each stage. In this post, I’ll focus on the process from entrepreneur’s point of view. When raising capital, entrepreneurs … Continue reading

Lessons in Enjoying the Ride: BlueKai Acquired by Oracle

Today, Oracle announced that it is acquiring BlueKai, the leading data management SaaS provider for digital marketers, and a Redpoint portfolio company.  Congratulations to the BlueKai team and to Oracle on a terrific combination. As an early stage VC, this is the kind of investment I live for, and I’m not talking about the financial return … Continue reading