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November 11, 2019

Digital Oil and Trapped Value in Practice (Part 2 of 2)

The signals and signs of trapped value are everywhere. Analysts estimate the spend for digital transformation (DX) will account for ≥10% of revenues for almost…

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July 7, 2019

Building The Enduring Startup: On Digital Oil and Trapped Value

Digital Oil and Trapped Value are two key concepts we embrace at Wildcat Venture Partners, anchoring our mindset as we seek and evaluate investment opportunities. They define “what”…

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June 6, 2019

Which Technology Will Most Impact The Future Of Investing? 17 Experts Share Their Insights

Anybody can trade stocks these days, whether from a computer or smartphone. But that doesn't mean that they should. Certain things — financial investing top…

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June 6, 2019

What Trends Are Shaping Investing In 2019? 17 Experts Share Their Insights

Unless you still bear the mental scars of the Great Depression, odds are you've got some money invested somewhere. Once you taste those sweet returns of…

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June 6, 2019

What’s The Future Of Investing? 17 Experts Share Their Insights

Without the ability to invest, who knows how long it would take the average joe or jane to reach retirement? Despite the inevitable, at times…

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June 6, 2019

Truth, Lies, and Personalization: What Keeps CMOs Up at Night

There has been a significant uptick in marketers’ efforts to prepare and deliver more personalized messages and experiences to targeted audiences across all channels. Forrester…

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March 3, 2019

Seven Notable Trends From SXSW 2019

Artificial intelligence stole my crypto! Another SXSW is in the books, and some noticeable trends emerged. Admittedly, my take has selection and exposure bias. SXSW Interactive is…

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January 1, 2019

2019 Predictions And Trends: Playing Catch-Up, Checking Out, Ducking For Cover and More…

For better or worse, it's popular to ask venture investors what they see happening in the new year. Alas, I am no exception, so I’ve…

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December 12, 2018

Aceable Secures $47M Series B to Fuel Nationwide Expansion of Course Catalog in Existing and New Verticals

Led by Sageview Capital, financing was driven by award winning culture, proven student outcomes and explosive growth AUSTIN, Texas, Dec. 4, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Aceable,…

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November 11, 2018

SaaS Myths: #1 – Successful SaaS Companies Don’t Have Service Revenues (Part 3 of 3)

We’ve established in Parts 1 & 2, that professional services are a significant part of many successful SaaS company playbooks, and we have identified the…

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November 11, 2018

SaaS Myths (#1) — Great SaaS Companies Don’t Have Professional Services (Part 2 of 3)

In the first installment, we showed how professional services are a key component in most successful SaaS company playbooks. Mature SaaS companies derive almost 20%…

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October 10, 2018

SaaS Myths (#1) — Great SaaS Companies Don’t Have Professional Services

The most pervasive and pernicious SaaS business model myth? It’s that “Professional services revenues are ‘bad’ and have no place in a SaaS company’s revenue…

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March 3, 2018

2018 SXSW Rooftop Escape

Did you miss it? Wildcat Venture Partners held our 3rd Annual Startup Mixer on Monday, March 12th, during the SXSW Interactive Festival. This year, we…

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February 2, 2018

Bryan Stolle to lead Panel at SXSW 2018

Startup Culture: Where do we go from here? There’s been a well-documented breakdown in the culture and values of Silicon Valley. From Uber’s founder’s threats,…

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March 3, 2017

Bryan Stolle to speak at SXSW 2017

Bryan Stolle will be speaking on the following panel at SXSW 2017. Psychopaths in Silicon Valley: A Guide Whether you’re living the startup life or…

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December 12, 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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October 10, 2016

Coupa Software investor on what its big IPO might mean to others

Bryan Stolle is one of the happy venture investors who celebrated Coupa Software's IPO success last week. He led the San Mateo startup's Series D funding…

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October 10, 2016

InsureTech Guest Speaker Bryan Stolle

Rapid technological innovation along with an in escapable shift in consumer behavior is creating nothing short of a revolution. Those who don’t change won’t just lose business;…

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September 9, 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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September 9, 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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June 6, 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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May 5, 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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January 1, 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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December 12, 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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October 10, 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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September 9, 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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April 4, 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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April 4, 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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March 3, 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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March 3, 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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February 2, 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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February 2, 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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