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Here is the latest news about Wildcat and our portfolio companies, info on Wildcat events, and blog posts from our team.

July 25, 2017

Why we invested in C3 IoT

Every appliance, widget and device we own or use—even ones we haven’t yet imagined—will one day be connected to the Internet via sensors. In fact,…

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Wildcat Venture Partners

June 23, 2017

In Search of the Science of Sales

Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with a longtime colleague, Jim Hughes, founder of Quick Start Strategies, a leading-edge sales advisory firm singularly…

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Bruce Cleveland

June 19, 2017

Why Amazon buying Whole Foods actually matters

I recently shared this TechCrunch article on my Facebook, and got some positive feedback that maybe I should write my own post. So here I…

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Nathaniel Krasnoff

June 2, 2017

In Pursuit of Becoming a Platform

In 2006, after 20+ years in a various product management and engineering roles, I transitioned into an investor role. When I made that transition, although…

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Bruce Cleveland

May 22, 2017

Digital Systems Maturity Model

Digital Transformation: A Stairway to Heaven Every so often a phrase emerges from the Word Cloud to achieve capital importance, the sort of thing that…

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Geoffrey Moore

April 27, 2017

Creating a 21st Century Job Ready Workforce

A Skills Problem The global economy has been rapidly transitioning from a 20th century industrial economy, to a 21st century “digital economy” – an economy…

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Bruce Cleveland

April 25, 2017

The Fourth Industrial Revolution

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is upon us and our current workforce isn’t ready for it. At Wildcat Venture Partners, we are painfully aware of this.…

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Wildcat Venture Partners

April 19, 2017

Investing in the Wake of AI’s Impact

Through parts 1, 2, and 3, we’ve covered a lot of information around the displacement that’s going to occur as a result of AI, but we’ve also talked…

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Nathaniel Krasnoff

April 12, 2017

Understanding Power in the Digital Economy

We are all stakeholders in the economic systems within which we live and work, and the better we can understand their dynamics, the more likely…

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Geoffrey Moore

April 11, 2017

AI as Kinetic Energy (Part 3): Empowering Creativity

Welcome to my third installment of my series on AI, Workforce Innovation, and category creation. Happy reading! Please find my Part 1 and Part 2…

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Nathaniel Krasnoff

April 7, 2017

AI as Kinetic Energy (Part 2): The Buildup

In my first article, I chatted about what Wildcat sees broadly in the AI space, how we think about AI and its applications, and how…

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Nathaniel Krasnoff

March 28, 2017

AI as Kinetic Energy: The Creation of New Categories

Imagine for a second a snapshot of a carpenter in mid-swing with a hammer at the very tippy top of it’s arc. At this point…

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Nathaniel Krasnoff

Medium


March 13, 2017

In Search of the Perfect Team

I have been fortunate to have been either an operating executive or investor in some very transformational software companies in Silicon Valley, joining or investing…

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Bruce Cleveland

February 17, 2017

In Search of the Mythical “VP Sales & Marketing”​

I have to admit to having an extreme bias. It rears its ugly head when a startup CEO comes into our offices to take us…

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Bruce Cleveland

January 31, 2017

Why Great Companies Fail: How to Halt the Series B Crunch

First, some bad news: A Series B crunch may be upon us. According to Mattermark, in the first quarter of 2016, Series B rounds dropped…

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Traction Gap Institute

January 17, 2017

…What I’m Feeling in Tech Part 2: VR and AR

Last week I started writing up some views on what I’ve seen so far, and my thoughts on technology moving forward. As we know CES…

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Nathaniel Krasnoff

January 17, 2017

The Interview

If you sit down with a number of HR executives and ask each of them which questions companies should ask candidates during the interview process…

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Bruce Cleveland

January 10, 2017

CES as a proxy to let you know what I’m feeling in tech (Part 1)

Every January all eyes are on CES, tech’s biggest distraction of the year. I think they do it that way so they can offset the…

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Nathaniel Krasnoff

January 1, 2017

Summit Day: 29 December, 2016

Part 1: The Ascent For those of you who saw me in the weeks prior to the holidays know that I had a pretty bad cough,…

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Nathaniel Krasnoff

Medium


December 1, 2016

PRTech’s growth could mean more integration with marketing technologies

In 2014, I made a case for PRTech and the opportunities that lie therein. Since I wrote the article, PRTech has seen explosive growth, a…

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Bryan Stolle

Forbes


September 30, 2016

To Stretch Or To Sandbag, That Is The Question

When it comes to planning and goal-setting, perhaps the most basic and often vexing question is where to set the bar. One school of thought…

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Bryan Stolle

Forbes


September 19, 2016

Raising The Next Round (Part II)– Proving Minimal Viable Traction (MVT)

“I know it when I see it,” said Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, talking about pornography.  Unfortunately, many entrepreneurs get much the same answer from…

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Bryan Stolle

Forbes


September 12, 2016

AI is from Venus, Machine Learning is from Mars

The rise of cloud computing brings with it the promise of infinite computing power. The rise of Big Data brings with it the possibility of ingesting…

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Geoffrey Moore

LinkedIn


June 4, 2016

Wildcat Venture Partners & The Traction Gap Framework

Well, I know it has been quite some time since my last post – some of you have emailed me asking what’s up. As you will…

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Bruce Cleveland

Rolling Thunder


June 3, 2016

Raising The Next Round — Proving Minimal Viable Repeatability (MVR)

When an entrepreneur takes investor money, they are expected to deliver on the plan and milestones they “sold” to investors during the fund-raising process. These…

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Bryan Stolle

Forbes


May 27, 2016

Where Angels Fear to Tread – How Angels Get Screwed in The Startup Game

An angel investor friend recently got a bit of hard news – they were going to get significantly less on a recent acquisition of an…

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Bryan Stolle

Forbes


April 27, 2016

Rihanna Calls The Tech Bubble Like It Is

I’ve shelved this post for almost a year now because though I’ve been in venture for five years across both Wildcat Venture Partners and Mohr…

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Abhas Gupta

Medium


April 25, 2016

Sorting Out 2016: Seven MegaTrends

An awful lot of tech stuff is going down these days, and it is creating some serious confusion.  Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot is rapidly becoming the…

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Geoffrey Moore

LinkedIn


March 14, 2016

Where Product/Market Fit Breaks Down

A tweet from GrowthHackers caught my eye recently — “Our #product market fit and NPS are off the scale, but we’re struggling to grow. Any…

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Bryan Stolle

Forbes


January 14, 2016

8 Key Startup Lessons-Learned 2015 Style

As we kick-off 2016, I reached out to my entrepreneur network and asked, “What was your biggest ‘lesson learned’ last year?” Introspection is a very…

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Bryan Stolle

Forbes


December 9, 2015

Why We Invested In Earnest — Inside A VC’s Mindset

Earnest recently announced a $275M total raise (Series B + lending capital) on the back of well-earned momentum. As Series A investors in the company, I’ve been asked a…

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Bryan Stolle

Forbes


November 13, 2015

CodeGirl And Inspiring Advice From Top Entrepreneurs (Who Happen to be Women)

The statistics are dismal: 74% of high school girls show an interest in STEM subjects, but only 4% of college girls choose to major in…

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Katherine Barr

Inc


October 27, 2015

9 Reasons Why Now Is The Time For Fintech

Next week is Money 20/20 in Vegas, a conference that is fast becoming the Fintech confab.  This conference’s remarkable growth (5x in four years) parallels the emergence…

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Bryan Stolle

Forbes


October 27, 2015

Big Money2020 Playlist

As I navigate Money20/20 this week,  I couldn't help but think about my big Money20/20 playlist: Old Money - Lana Del Ray Gold Digger - Kanye West, Jamie…

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Elizabeth Patterson

September 23, 2015

Roundtables at Dreamforce: Part 3 of 3 (One Disruption In Three Ways Out)

This is part 3 of a 3 part series. Read Part 2 Here. This is the final installment in a series of blogs about a…

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Geoffrey Moore

LinkedIn


September 21, 2015

Roundtables at Dreamforce: Part 2 of 3 (The Hierarchy of Models)

This is part 2 of a 3 part series. Read Part 1 Here. In the previous post, I reported out on a series of executive…

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Geoffrey Moore

LinkedIn


September 18, 2015

Roundtables at Dreamforce: Part 1 of 3

This is Part 1 of a 3 part series. Okay, it wasn’t exactly the World Series of Poker, but at Dreamforce this week I hosted…

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Geoffrey Moore

LinkedIn


September 17, 2015

Headhunting Basics (Part 1) — When to Engage a Professional Search Firm

At some point, a startup will exhaust the founders’ networks for recruiting/hiring purposes, and must turn to professional recruiters to fill key positions. When the…

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Bryan Stolle & Elizabeth Patterson

Forbes


September 16, 2015

6 Magic Tricks to Noticeably Increase Your Productivity (and Your Happiness)

I was recently asked, "Aside from world peace and the elimination of poverty, if you had one wish, what would it be?" At first, I…

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Katherine Barr

Inc


September 8, 2015

Ten States That Matter

We’re not talking politics here, people—we’re talking technology adoption. In any major technology adoption life cycle there are two trajectories of development, the first led…

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Geoffrey Moore

LinkedIn


August 21, 2015

Return on Innovation: Are You Playing Offense or Defense?

One of the key lessons I learned from posting on LinkedIn an early draft of my next book (Zone to Win: Organizing to Compete in…

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Geoffrey Moore

LinkedIn


July 22, 2015

Systems of Engagement and User Experience Design

We are now well into the decade of Systems of Engagement. Enterprises in all walks of life are waking up to a world where their…

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Geoffrey Moore

LinkedIn


June 3, 2015

Hurry up, please. It’s time.

We’ve been talking about the disruptive impact of digital forever. Time to stop talking. Here’s why. As we all know, digital has already reset the…

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Geoffrey Moore

LinkedIn


May 19, 2015

8 Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make That No One Talks About

Entrepreneurs are commonly described as: competitive, evangelizing, risk taking, nimble, scrappy, and visionary. However, there is a broader skillset and mindset that entrepreneurs require to…

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Katherine Barr

Inc


May 13, 2015

Chapter Six: The Transformation Zone

This post is the sixth in a series of posts that will eventually become a book. I am looking to improve the text by incorporating…

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Geoffrey Moore

LinkedIn


April 24, 2015

Startup Cooking: 5 Ways to Manage Like Joe Torre, Former New York Yankees Manager

It’s baseball season again, so what better than a blog with a baseball theme? I ran across a piece a while back about how Joe…

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Bryan Stolle

Forbes


April 23, 2015

5 Jedi Mind Tricks to Dramatically Improve Your Performance

Andy Puddicombe spent 10 years studying to become an ordained Tibetan monk and is now the successful co-founder of the meditation app Headspace. In his TED talk, he…

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Katherine Barr

Inc


April 9, 2015

The Gender Bias Question In Technology and the Tech Startup World

I was asked to help address the tech/startup gender bias question a couple of times recently at SxSW in Austin. The first opportunity was as a…

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Bryan Stolle

Forbes


April 1, 2015

Finding The Best Executive Talent: Can Recruiters Really Help?

When it comes to hiring a key member of your executive team, hiring a recruiter can seem expensive initially. However, do not underestimate the value…

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Katherine Barr

Inc


March 27, 2015

10 Lessons from The Pitch: How to Pitch Your Startup and Win, SxSW Style

Mark Twain is often associated with the quote, “If I had more time, I would have written a shorter letter." It was in fact Pascal…

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Bryan Stolle

Forbes


March 11, 2015

The Top 3 Ways To Be a Powerful Business Leader In 2020

Entrepreneurs have always embraced innovation and change, and reinventing oneself as an entrepreneurial leader will be critical over the next handful of years. Here are…

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Katherine Barr

Inc


March 4, 2015

Startup Cooking: 10 Rules For Making a Successful Startup Pancake

There is plenty of discussion about how to build a valuable and sustaining business. Yet, I don’t often see much coverage of the building blocks that…

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Bryan Stolle

Forbes


February 23, 2015

Ready! Aim! Fire!: How To Execute Successfully Every Time (Part 2)

This is the 2nd installment about startup planning and execution based on the concept of “Ready, Aim, Fire” – a time-tested, tried-and-true adage that applies as…

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Bryan Stolle

Forbes


February 18, 2015

6 Ways To Get The Most And Best From Your Board

Thoughtfully selecting and effectively working with your investor board members and independent board members (who are not typically investors in the business but asked to…

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Katherine Barr

Inc


February 4, 2015

Ready! Aim! Fire!: How To Execute Successfully Every Time (Part 1)

Ready!  Aim!  Fire! It’s a very old, tried and true adage.  This legendarily accepted process of operations works universally whether shooting a gun, a bow…

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Bryan Stolle

Forbes


February 4, 2015

How to Become a Great Leader

Be authentic. Figure out your values and who you are, and be true to both. Trying to be who you aren't will impede your company…

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Katherine Barr

Inc


January 14, 2015

The 7 Must-Have Qualities Investors Look For in Entrepreneurs

Early stage venture is a lot about the entrepreneur--who that person is and what she or he is capable of. As an investor, my filter…

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Katherine Barr

Inc