How to Halt the Series B Crunch

Bruce Cleveland on the Traction Gap

Bruce Cleveland speaks at Products That Count

What I’m Feeling in Tech: VR and AR

The Interview

Bill Ericson Judges Gigaom AI competition

CES as a proxy; what I’m feeling in tech

Phyllis Whiteley to Judge UC Berkeley Boot Camp

Monthly Archives: January 2017

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

Written on January 31, 2017 at 1:51 pm, by

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 nearly 40 percent, the largest reduction since the 2008 market correction. Over the last 30 years, we’ve seen many successful startups accelerate from just an idea to scale in just  Continue Reading »

Bruce Cleveland presents the Traction Gap at Product’s that Count

Written on January 30, 2017 at 2:44 pm, by

Before “crossing The Chasm’, startups must first successfully “traverse the Traction Gap”. The Traction Gap is a period in a startup’s lifecycle that begins just after it releases its first product and starts its first go to market activities, and ends once it has demonstrated market validation with a positive growth trajectory. First investor in  Continue Reading »

Bruce Cleveland speaks at Products That Count

Written on January 25, 2017 at 12:25 pm, by

Watch the video from the event here. DATE AND TIME Wed, January 25, 2017 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM PST LOCATION Yelp Headquarters 140 New Montgomery Street San Francisco, CA 94105 DESCRIPTION Products That Count is a community of product managers and innovators. If you want to be the first to hear about new programs,  Continue Reading »

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

Written on January 17, 2017 at 8:34 am, by

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 wasn’t as good as years past as it’s starting to blur all it’s colors to be that mushy amorphous brown that no one likes trying to appease everyone but really  Continue Reading »

The Interview

Written on January 17, 2017 at 7:55 am, by

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 to ensure they select the “best fit” person, you will likely hear a spectrum of answers. Over time, companies tend to develop their own processes and/or techniques (e.g. psychographic testing) to  Continue Reading »

Bill Ericson Judges Gigaom 2017 AI start-up competition

Written on January 13, 2017 at 8:12 am, by

Bill Ericson to judge Gigaom’s 2017 AI Start-up competition at Gigaom AI 2/15-2/16 in San Francisco. Gigaom will be holding our first annual competition for the AI start-up that delivers the highest ROI to corporate customers. The GAIN competition coincides with the annual conference Gigaom AI held in San Francisco, CA, February 15-16th 2017. AI  Continue Reading »

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

Written on January 10, 2017 at 9:18 am, by

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 loss created by Burningman every August. As Niko Bonatsos from General Catalyst tweeted: “We can’t do any deals this week. All of our associates are at Burning Man. Who will  Continue Reading »

Phyllis Whiteley to Judge UC Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship Boot-camp

Written on January 6, 2017 at 2:16 pm, by

  Phyllis Whiteley joins the judging panel to choose the winner out of the 3 finalist teams of the UC Berkeley Method of Entrepreneurship Boot-camp on Friday, January 13, 2017, 10 – 12 noon, at Banatao Auditorium in Sutardja Dai Hall on UC Berkeley campus.  Participants in the boot-camp include 80+ Berkeley students (engineering, liberal  Continue Reading »