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Entrepreneurship

Techstars Boulder Rocks

Every year, I mentor a company from the Techstars Boulder class.  It’s been a great journey, because of that we’ve invested in great companies like Next Big Sound and PivotDesk.  Those two companies represented radically different ends of the startup spectrum.  NextBigSound was still finishing up college when they started Techstars, in fact, they were flying back and forth to…

I’m Adopting A VC Code of Conduct

A few days ago, Gil Dibner posted what he called a VC code of conduct.  I read articles all the time where VC’s write about how venture capital “should work” and the vast majority of the time I either disagree or find them a waste of time.  I feel that most of these articles are…

It’s Time To Vote

I recently met Andrew Shoemaker who is running for City Council.  He impressed me in his understanding of the issues related to our startup community, but also his larger vision of the city.  While I don’t normally get involved in local politics, I decided I would vote for him. Now, how about that Vote? Oh…

Wanted – Colorado-based Entrepreneur to Pitch My Me at Class

I co-teach a class at the University of Colorado Law School called “VC 360.”  We have MBA, Engineering and JD candidates and the course deals with all things in the entrepreneurial / venture ecosystem. Each year, we have a pitch day where one entrepreneur comes in and pitches me.  The students get to watch.  The…

The “VC Bargain”

With the recently announced acquisition of our portfolio company MakerBot, the conversation invariably turns to “was this the best time for the company to sell?” It’s a question that is asked every time a company sells and it usually creates a lot of noise by people whose opinions are usually misinformed and even more so,…

We Signed an Important Amicus Brief in Oracle v. Google Case

At Foundry Group, we take a strong interest in the policy and legal ecosystem that affects the start up industry.  We’ve been among the first to support initiatives like Startup Visa and patent reform and have been active in city, state and national politics in the hopes of keeping the U.S. the center of the…

CU Boulder’s New Venture Challenge. Come Join Me

I’ve seen the “Transactional IQ” – i.e., the level of understanding around startup deal making – rise at CU over the past five years.  This fall I finished teaching a Venture Capital course at CU for the fifth time.  And in recent years I’ve helped coach CU’s Venture Capital Investment Competition team.  It is fun…

Startup Summer! Find your great summer internship here!

Of all the projects Startup Colorado initiated in its first year, one of the most successful was Startup Summer, a summer internship program that combined a ten-week internship at a Denver/Boulder startup with a series of evening events focused on teaching the student-participants the fundamentals of entrepreneurism.  Last year 18 students worked with 14 companies…

Venture Summit | West: Wrongly Charging Entrepreneurs to Pitch VCs

What is old is new.  Entrepreneurs  are stil being asked to pay to pitch.  It’s WRONG. Two and a half years ago, I wrote a post about a Boston group trying to charge entrepreneurs $4500 to pitch venture capitalists at an event.  Many in the startup community were appalled by this especially folks like Jason Calacanis who created…

Sympoz Launches Programs on Starting Companies

One of our portfolio companies, Sympoz has announced the launch of their programs targeting startup entrepreneurs.  Even better, the series stars some of my favorite people in startup land:  my partner Brad Feld, along with Brad Bernthal of the University of Colorado Law School and Mike Platt , partner at Cooley LLP.  We teach you everything that…