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Facebook ‘colonialism' row stokes distrust in Zuckerberg - BBC News
[ winner take all environment ] Digital colonials Because colonialism, albeit digital, is precisely what some in India were afraid of. The suggestion by Andreessen that India, with its history, should somehow be pro-colonialism was treated by many as absurd. //&! India's regulators reject FB "Free Basic" on grounds of net neutrality - on.recode.net/1PPpuLd //&! what Facebook and Marc Andreessen got wrong about Free Basics and India. - https://soundcloud.com/exponentfm/episode-066-you-dont-know-what#t=50:00 --- it's about Zero Rating
Facebook  Google  Search  Google  Inc.  Amazon  Apple  Marc  Andreessen  a16z  Mark  Zuckerberg  philanthropy  Net  Neutrality  Zero  Rating 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Benchmark’s Venture Capitalist Gurley: ‘Private Valuations Are Fake’ | Re/code
“Unicorns have priced themselves out of the public market,” said Gurley, adding that the valuations are “all on paper. It’s all a myth.” He issued a call for startups to return to business fundamentals. “We need to refocus on building real businesses that are sustainable,” Gurley said. “I personally wish the market would bring them all down so that we could get to a more sane place.”
Unicorn  distortion  Private  Market  ZIRP  NIRP  QE  unintended  consequences  Silicon  Valley  valuation  Bill  Gurley  a16z  Marc  Andreessen 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
A Dozen Things I’ve Learned From Chris Sacca About Venture Capital | 25iq
“Good investors are in the service business.” “There are angels who have 75 companies and don’t call any of them ever.” [...] “Any VC will tell you where they really make their money is on following on, it’s on doubling down into the winners. The things that are growing geometrically in terms of users, revenue that kind of stuff.” [...] “I do try to focus a lot on the entrepreneur as a person, I think that has fallen out of the equation recently…. look for driven people.” [ execution, passion, vision, mission, alignment ] [...] “Companies don’t succeed, when there’s a lot of chiefs and no Indians.” [...] “Create value before you ask for value back.” [...] “It’s people with these broader life experiences who have balanced relationships who come up with the cool shit.”
Venture  Capital  a16z  First  Round  Capital  s23p  Chamath  Palihapitiya  Marc  Andreessen  Ben  Horowitz  500  Start-ups  ycombinator  Start-Up  advice  Start-Up  lesson  Networking 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
The New Yorker profiles the boldness and baldness of Marc Andreessen | PandoDaily
See Comment: "He failed upward at best. The way you describe it I think Marc Andreessen is the male Marrisa Mayer. Mayer took control of a bunch of nerds and she made a lot of money for herself. Thats great for Mayer but it does not give her industry credibility." http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/05/18/tomorrows-advance-man
Marc  Andreessen  a16z  Benchmark  Capital  Bill  Gurley  Silicon  Valley  Venture  Capital 
may 2015 by asterisk2a
Naval Ravikant to VCs: “You can lie to your LPs, but don’t lie to yourselves” | PandoDaily
“There was so much innovation being thrown around—moveable carry, geographic portfolio, unbundling and more. Many were coming up to me later saying the ideas were flying at them too fast. That’s exactly what’s happening in the market.” Even if you don’t know what those terms mean, the important takeaway is that even the stodgiest VCs are going to have to start acting more like the entrepreneurs they serve because the market is only getting more competitive with the ways to fund becoming far more varied and “hackable.” [and add Corporate Accelerators, Incubators and Venture Funds] [...] restrictions LPs put on funds: things like how much you can invest, what percentage of a fund you can invest in follow on rounds of existing companies, what sector you invest in, whether you can invest personally if the fund invests as a group, etc.
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Startup UCLA: Fireside Chat with Jeff Jordan, Andreessen Horowitz - YouTube
13min value prop of a16z || min19 tenacious, going big, VC is hit driven business || min24 even those that are successes, there have been failures internally, a shit show, near death experiences || min29:50 SV ecosystem; capital, deep talent pool (network, experience, motoring, hand holding, guiding, supporting), support services (legal, banking), own gravity due to scale (attracts best). All 4 points support companies to scale and break through walls. + Brutal Talent Wars within SV for engineering talent. Scene needs some few hits (Berlin, London) and things could roll and grow by themselves. // min 39 - Consumer is hit driven business, more failures. While enterprise has higher hit rate and lower averages. // min 45 in current market, cant afford to go slow because of copy cats & opportunists & market slush with capital for proven ideas || min53 !!! >>> 'need to be an effective seller, not a sales person per se' to get capital, to get best employees, customers,
a16z  Venture  Capital  scaling  value  creation  Proposition  added  value  intangible  value  differentiate  differentiation  Ben  Horowitz  Marc  Andreessen  ecosystem  Silicon  Valley  war  for  talent  war-for-talent  Top  London  Start-up  Scene  Berlin  Scene  Manchester  Amsterdam  lesson  advice 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
Pmarchive - Home
archive. blogs now at a16z? // Ben Horowitz still blogs and also wrote a book. = http://www.bhorowitz.com/
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march 2015 by asterisk2a
Virtual Fitting Room Startup Metail Raises Further $12M — Shunning UK VC Money Along The Way | TechCrunch
[Vs as Services and Support/Help/Ops/Network/Expertise, and $$$ 2nd nature] “If you look for the biggest tech and internet related companies that got to AIM or the FTSE 250 in recent years you won’t see traditional VC as a major factor in any of their histories,” adds Adeyoola, citing the examples of ASOS, Abcam, Monitise, Blinkx, and Perform Group. This, he says, contrasts with a “perceived phenomenon” driven by the mindshare VCs have over marketing, PR and events. [...] “The VCs I have liked, who think strategically about the world, have operational contacts and mentorship capabilities, have all come from Scandinavia, west coast USA and the Far East. You need to go where the smart money is and I’ve managed to deliver a big stratetgic investor in TAL Group from Hong Kong… They buy into our long-term vision, can help the business particularly with reference to garment sizing and our eventual launch into menswear, are in it for the long-term.” & http://tcrn.ch/1rfBC7N
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october 2014 by asterisk2a
Andreessen: High burn rates risk more than just running out of cash | PandoDaily
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
Eric Newcomer – Venture Firms Fret as Y Combinator Soars | Genius
“You—and your references—have to be able to explain to a founder how you're going to help them.” +++ via https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8288119 +++ PS: Don't take money from X bc X give u higher valuation. VC firm is a Services Company as is YC. Pick from who feels best with services and added values. I would even go on to say that giving you money is not the core product value proposition any more in VC world. In a world of ZIRP/NIRP/QE/etc, a world were high net-worth individuals hunt for yield on AngelList and Co. Core Product Value Proposition moved to a the quadrants of people who went through it/domain expertise/network&connections/services to scale faster (from HR/taxes/office/law to finding and getting that guy[s] [plural] with the PhD&Work@ScaleExperience to scale Twitter back-end successfully).
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september 2014 by asterisk2a
Lex v Wolf on shareholder value - YouTube
aim of increasing shareholder value compelling execs and CEO's to do so leads to always looking for short-term views, decisions, models ... // thus the clay christensen disruption theory ( http://www.claytonchristensen.com/key-concepts/ ) as the original founders leave, and hired CEO strives for short-term optimisation, operational and managerial optimisation and cost reduction ... instead of continued innovation and disruption (even within their existing business). +++ http://www.forbes.com/sites/stevedenning/2012/07/03/does-business-short-termism-require-a-long-term-stock-exchange/ + http://www.ft.com/cms/s/6aa87b9a-2d05-11e4-911b-00144feabdc0
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august 2014 by asterisk2a
SherpaVentures raises $154M maiden fund to offer a fresh take to value-added venture | PandoDaily
[ #building blocks, pillars - created out of necessity. ] But despite their influence, there’s limits to the bandwidth that Pishevar and Stanford have to serve their portfolio companies. With this in mind, the pair founded SherpaFoundry as a standalone consultancy alongside SherpaVentures. The advisory and incubation arm is led by a former Johnson & Johnson Tina Sharkey as its CEO. Unlike the portfolio services groups within other top VC firms, the idea at SherpaFoundry isn’t to help startups with marketing, PR, recruiting, or accounting, all services which Stanford points out are readily available in the broader Silicon Valley ecosystem. Rather, this concierge-like group exists entirely to add more abstract but higher impact value through strategy consulting, business development, and out-of-the-box recruiting. SherpaFoundry is separately capitalized will be compensated for its work through a mix of equity and cash. The group may even work with non-SherpaVentures companies.
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july 2014 by asterisk2a

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