Things I’ve Learned – 6 Years

You talk about this stuff like you read it in a book. -Ward Abbott, “The Bourne Supremacy” # I’ve been investing in or a part of startups for about 6 years. Given the volume and intensity here at SV Angel, I feel like it’s been in dog years. We’ve been a part of a prolific […]

James Gandolfini and Napster – The Originals

I’m beyond bummed to hear that James Gandolfini passed last night. There are a lot of reasons. I’m most sad because it’s the passing of his iconic character, Tony Soprano. There’s not much to say here that Alan Sepinwall didn’t capture in this memorial. I watch and read a lot of pop culture and Tony […]

Clean Deal Terms

Sam Altman has a nice post here on a founder-friendly term sheet. He said one thing there that I agree with 100%, among others: I have an allergic reaction to complex deal structures, as they invariably end up with all sorts of unintended consequences. (link). Lately I’ve seen more complex “deal terms” in early stage […]

Startups, Growth and the Rule of 72

This essay by Paul Graham is one of the best on startups. In short, he makes the point that startups (and investors) covet growth. Without it, nothing else really matters. I’m not the only one who thinks this was essential reading. With that in mind, more and more startups include their growth metrics either when […]