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New Registration Status at Foundry Group

I haven’t blogged in forever, but am obligated to post the following, which you’ll see all around the Foundry Group network today. We have some entertaining news to share with you today. We have recently registered with the SEC and are now considered Registered Investment Advisors. Did we do this so that we can have…

You Love API’s? Here is something for you Boulder / Denver

If you are involved in tech and entrepreneurship, there are two upcoming events that you can’t miss, called APIs & IPAs. The events, hosted by Singly, SendGrid and FullContact (all Foundry Group portfolio companies), are on March 27th at Rock Bottom Brewery in Denver and March 28th at Bitter Bar in Boulder. APIs & IPAs is a tech community happy hour,…

Colorado Law – Teaching In-House Lawyers How to Run Lean

It’s clear that in-house law departments are going through a major paradigm shift. In the same way that manufacturers are testing out technologies that are allowing them to keep up productivity while cutting costs, CEO’s are asking law department leaders to trim as much as possible. Throughout the world, law departments are using manufacturing theories…

Why is Everyone Hatin’ on Form D?

More and more I’ve been hearing about companies not filing Form D’s in conjunction with their financings.  The reason:  We don’t want the press picking up on our fundraising / we want to control the message / we are stealth, etc. This post isn’t about the value of being stealth.  I’ve always thought stealth mode…

Goodbye Yahoo! It was nice knowing you.

Mark the date of February 28, 2012 as the official death of Yahoo!. Sure there are still people there collecting paychecks and day traders making a buck or two playing games with the stock price, but today Yahoo! waved the white flag.  How so?  Well, today it was announced that Yahoo! has become yet another…

Learning Entrepreneurship – Boulder Digital Works

I’m excited to announce a Boulder Digital Works course that will be open to the public in the Spring of 2012, StartUp: Learning Entrepreneurship. This is the first BDW course inviting community members to join  graduate students and engage in the graduate curriculum.  StartUp is immersive and transformational––both theoretical and practical. It begins with the…

Come On Yahoo! – Try Competing, Not Dirty Pool

Today it was intimated that Yahoo! may enter the world of patent trolling.  If you haven’t seen the article, it’s here.  In short,  it appears that Yahoo! is increasing its patent filing activity and shopping itself, in part, based on the value of its patents.  Their patents generally revolve around search and social networking. Now…

Wanted – Entrepreneur to Pitch Me During My CU Class

I co-teach a class at the University of Colorado Law School called “VC 360.”  We have both MBA 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…

Mr. Mendelson Goes to Washington

Last week, I had the honor of testifying in front of Congress on the merits of enacting the Startup Visa.  It was a humbling experience.  I can’t remember being quite as nervous before a speaking engagement, but it all went well.  My partner in crime, Shervin Pishevar both sought bi-partisan support for the only guaranteed job…

This Week In Techstars – Behind the Scenes of I’m a VC

David Cohen came over to my version of “the Bunker” and filmed an episode of This Week In Techstars.  Also, featured is Coursekit, a New York Techstars team that has impressed me enough that I’m using their software in the class that I teach.