Patent Matters: A VC’s Perspective –

By Venture Capital Journal — 12 years ago

Patrick Ennis, managing partner of Arch Venture Partners in Seattle, knows a thing or two about research. Long before he joined Arch in 1998 to invest in life sciences, Ennis was conducting research, beginning in the late 1980s, on solid state and nuclear physics at several national laboratories in North America. He wrote numerous articles […]

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From the Editor: Prying Open Lids –

By Larry Aragon — 12 years ago

When Connie Loizos first pitched me the idea of writing about entrepreneur horror stories, I said, “Sounds great, but do you think you’ll be able to get anybody to talk?” I’ve learned in my 17 years of journalism that people tend to be less friendly with the press when you want to discuss their failures. […]

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From the Editor: Watch Your Step –

By Larry Aragon — 12 years ago

It didn’t take long. Encouraged by the success of Google, venture capitalists are once again looking to strike it rich on the Internet. This time they hope to improve their odds by hiring Internet Sherpas, if you will, to guide them to the mother load. Benchmark brought on the founder of Expedia, Mayfield hired the […]

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From the Editor: Start Your Blogs –

By Larry Aragon — 12 years ago

In the not-too-distant future most venture capital firms will have at least one blog. They will be as common as websites, but far more useful. Venture capital, when all is said and done, is a relationship business. And blogs, by their interactive nature, foster relationships and bring together like-minded people. Think about all the unsolicited […]

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From The Editor: The Vacation Factor –

By Larry Aragon — 13 years ago

A mini-controversy is brewing about the 25% decline in Q3 venture investments. (See story, page 15.) Some VCs are of the mind that the numbers were down in part because more VCs are keeping their deals in “stealth” mode. I don’t buy that. For that reasoning to be true, a large number of firms would […]

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The Myth of the Superstar CEO: When VCs invest, should replacing the founder with a superstar CEO really be the first order of business? –

By Venture Capital Journal — 13 years ago

Oct. 1 turned out to be a pretty interesting day in the tech business. First, the board of directors of PeopleSoft stepped up and canned Craig Conway, its CEO since 1999. Then, the enterprise software company took the highly unusual step of replacing him with none other than Dave Duffield, its founder and chairman. Replace […]

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Top of Mind: Michael Bleyzer

By Staff Report — 13 years ago

Private equity is, by definition, supposed to be a high-risk activity. When it comes to geography, however, most investors shy away from the perils of investing in emerging markets, like those in Eastern Europe. Michael Bleyzer, president and chief executive of SigmaBleyzer, finds the absence of private equity in Eastern Europe regrettable, but has not […]

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Top of Mind: Successful Entrepreneur Says Good Riddance to VC

By Staff Report — 13 years ago

“It’s better to give than to receive” is not a mantra often spoken by CEOs. But Harry Gruber not only says it, he lives by it. Gruber is CEO of Kintera Inc. (Nasdaq: KNTA), a company he co-founded in 2000. Kintera makes money for nonprofits, providing software and services to help organizations raise billions of […]

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VCJ Editor: Time To Rethink PEIGG Proposals –

By Larry Aragon — 13 years ago

While VCs were away on summer vacation, the Securities & Exchange Commission was hard at work drafting rules to regulate hedge funds-and mulling the possibility of doing the same for private equity funds. VCs had better get up to speed fast. The comment period for the proposed regs ends on Sept. 15. Paul Atkins, an […]

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Top of Mind: Taylor Scanlon

By Staff Report — 13 years ago

Who better to give venture capitalists an informed perspective about their industry than someone who’s been through the fund-raising ringer and has come out in one piece? We sat down with serial entrepreneur Taylor Scanlon, CEO of Pintail Technologies, to get his perspective on the current fund-raising environment and the various issues facing VCs and […]

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From the Editor: Election Matters –

By Larry Aragon — 13 years ago

Some say that business publications have no business writing about politics. They say it’s too emotional, or that it’s not relevant to business. I’ll grant you that the former is true and gives me pause. But the latter couldn’t be further from the truth. There is no getting around the fact that the laws and […]

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Editor’s Letter: Your Turn

By Larry Aragon — 13 years ago

I want to turn the tables this month. Rather than share my opinions with you, I’d like you to share yours with me. I’m especially interested in your feedback on our cover stories. Loyal readers will recall that we tackled the topic of succession planning just about one year earlier. With so many folks going […]

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People Page: Bono Wants To Rock Sand Hill Road

By Staff Report — 13 years ago

Scouting for LPs at 30,000 Feet Like the main character in the new Tom Hanks movie, The Terminal, Joseph Tzeng spends a lot of down time in airport lobbies. But he knows how to put his flying time to good use. Tzeng, managing director and co-founder of Crystal Ventures, has been flying a lot between […]

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VCJ Editor: Clip and Send –

By Larry Aragon — 13 years ago

You can always count on the government to be a day late and a dollar short. Such is the case with decisions by the states of Colorado and Michigan to protect private equity data. It is laudable that the states took action, but why did they have to wait so long? Venture capitalists couldn’t have […]

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VCJ Editor: Still Standing? Then Take a Bow –

By Larry Aragon — 13 years ago

For those of you left standing, congratulations. It has been a hard-fought battle. And it’s not going to get any easier, but you know that, and that’s why you deserve a pat on the back. Finally, after a long dry spell, you’re starting to see the exits you worked so hard for (see “Funds Start […]

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From the Editor: A Look Back –

By Larry Aragon — 13 years ago

Year in review in February? Let me explain. We considered doing a special section in the December issue just like all the newsstand magazines. But we decided against it because we didn’t have final year-end fund-raising and disbursement numbers from Venture Economics. Those figures weren’t available until Jan. 23. Knowing that the vast majority of […]

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Q&A With Jim Breyer: A Look Ahead –

By Larry Aragon — 14 years ago

<img height=”150″ src=”/vcj/images/Febcover.jpg” width=”120″ align=”right” border=”0″>Walking through the crisp offices of Accel Partners, it would be easy to confuse Managing Partner Jim Breyer with a college intern. The 41-year-old seems to have inherited the Dick Clark gene, but the boyish-looking venture capitalist has compiled a track record that is nothing short of astonishing: He’s created […]

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Q&A with John Delaney and Jay Rand –

By Larry Aragon — 14 years ago

John Delaney and Jay Rand aren’t venture capitalists, but both are keenly aware of the issues facing VCs today. They are attorneys, and, lately, VCs have been spending a lot more time sitting across the table from legal counsel-whether it’s because of a potential clawback, the threat of having their private equity data made public […]

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