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Sunsetting BerlinVC & A new world (dis-)order

I stopped writing at BerlinVC around a year ago. It would be easy to say that the reason is simply that getting BlueYard off the ground and working …

Wait – what?

I am pretty confident my partner Jason is among the most well-read VCs out there. We are easily talking several books a week. I am happy if I manage …

Hire the trajectory, not the status

One of the most common and cringe-worthy boardroom phrases is “… I think we need to hire a <i>world class</i> C[x]O or VP of [X].” I am still waiting for the …

A new venture firm called BlueYard

You may have noticed a significant decay in my blogging activity recently. My excuse is that over the last few months Jason Whitmire and I have …

Entrepreneurship

URGENT: The EU is risking the open internet – take action now

<b>If you know what this is about and want to take action – scroll down to the end.</b>One of the greatest accomplishments of the web has been …

When “everything is awesome at the company right now” – it really isn’t

When I hear one of our CEOs say “everything is awesome at our company right now; the entire team is in a great mood” – my first thought is …

Donut board meetings vs VC value add

A few weeks ago I moderated a panel at Tech Open Air. The topic was the shifting venture landscape and how entrepreneurs can navigate it. There are a …

Local discovery on… Instagram

This morning when I checked Instagram I had notifications that an account called eatingberlin had liked two of my pictures I had taken at Berlin …

Finding out how “early stage” a VC firm really is

“We’re early stage” doesn’t really mean much because it can be stretched to mean a whole range of phases as a company grows up. And that’s OK – VC …

Becoming a VC and other weirdness. An interview

There’s a startup in Berlin called Jobspotting – if you’re looking for a new job you must check them out.They run a series of interviews, and a while …

The responsibility of venture capital

Every now and then VC folks should remind themselves of where the capital they raise is coming from. The capital we get fees and carried interest on. …

Architecting valuations (building a house of cards)

In a day and age of valuations as score card there are in some cases extraordinary efforts being made to forcefully make certain milestone valuations …

Careful what you wish for – setting precedents as an early investor

I suppose this about short term greedy vs long term greedy.It is short term greedy to put onerous terms on to an early stage company just because you …

Giving and taking as an investor

The ultimate act of giving as an investor is of course when you wire money. Hopefully you give a lot more over time by helping the entrepreneur a …

Entrepreneurship is the new normal in Europe

A few weeks ago the folks at the factory put together a great pop-up (as you do these days) tech conference called Startup Europe Conference. Lots of …

Europe, it’s time to kick off the blockchain revolution

Even in the tech community there are a few people left that think that the blockchain is something you lock your bike with (and oddly enough, they …

The Lisbon Awakening

Man was I in a bad mood when I touched down in Lisbon. The last days had been stressful, a comically bad Bayern team were well beaten by Porto the …

Lisbon

Leaped like a tiger, landed as a bedside rug – the risks of overselling your round

There is a German saying that goes something like this:“Als Tiger gesprungen und als Bettvorleger gelandet.”A rough English translation is “leaped …