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What Does it Mean to be American?

What Does it Mean to be American?The journey to build a nation of immigrants has led to the strongest, most vibrant society in history. Our …

Racism

I Only Have 7 Trips Left. On Managing Work / Life Balance, Love & Family

Like many people these days, I spent much of my 20’s and early 30’s thinking about work & fun and not too much about “the future.” Like characters …

Love

Details of Upfront Ventures New $400 Million Fund

I am so proud and humbled to be able to formally announce that Upfront Ventures has raised its 6th venture capital fund in the past 21 years. Upfront …

Venture Capital

One Simple Way You Can Make an Actual Difference in Somebody’s Life

Fresno State students receive supplies for school with help from Renaissance Scholars staff John Hunt, Jr. (left) and Kizzy Lopez (right).We’re all …

University of California

What is the Right Burn Rate for your Startup?

One of the hardest decisions entrepreneurs make when they start a company and raise outside capital is figuring out what an acceptable “burn rate” …

Venture Capital

Should Startups Care About Profitability?

There are certain topics that even some of the smartest people I talk with who aren’t startup oriented can’t fully grok. One of them is whether …

Venture Capital

Why You Shouldn’t Be Fooled by Your Own Expertise

I am wired to discount people who have total assuredness in their point-of-view, have dogmatic positions or use data as a crutch or substitute for …

Black Swans

The Surest Sign You’re Winning is When Goliath Takes a Swing at You

I’ve been involved with several startups where a giant incumbent attacks you and tries to sue you out of existence. When you first receive the threat …

Getting Your Head in the Game for Fund Raising

When you run a startup you’re always on borrowed time. You have cash in the bank, a monthly burn rate and a “cash out” date that few in the company …

How MakeSpace Recently Closed $30 million in New Funding

Just over a year ago I wrote about how MakeSpace had raised $17.5 million in capital to build out its operations in 4 cities: New York City, Los …

Why Great Executives Avoid Shiny Objects

The modern world is filled with constant distractions. Only those with maniacal focus on results and a willingness not to engage in every activity …

Business Development

The Snap IPO Happened. What Next LA?

Mayor Eric Garcetti at Upfront Summit, February 2017I first sat down with then councilman Eric Garcetti on the Ides of March 2012 — almost 5 years …

How This Founder Wants to Apply Her Technology to Help Save the Planet’s Resources

There are so many moments from the Upfront Summit that I want to share with you — it just takes time to watch through all the videos, do write ups …

Doing the Right Thing > Doing Things Right

It’s easy to find yourself caught in the trap of just GSD (getting shit done) and not stepping back to be thoughtful about whether you’d benefit from …

Management

Fred Wilson and Andy Weissman Talk with Lindel Eakman about Transitioning Leadership at a VC Fund

Union Square Ventures (USV) has been one of the most successful venture capital firms of the past 10–15 years and continues to be a leader in our …

Venture Capital

Blue. In a Red State. Pete Buttigieg’s Outlook for America.

One of the most talked about Fireside Chat’s of the 2-day Upfront Summit was the talk between my friend Joe Green and Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of …

Democratic Party

How Do I Feel About the Snap IPO Given I Didn’t Invest?

Every tech or major news journal in the country is preparing to write their Snap, Inc (creators of Snapchat, Spectacles, etc) stories and many of …

Understanding What’s Going on in #LATech

Upfront Ventures was created 20 years ago as one of the original VC funds in Los Angeles. Back then only 15% of our dollars were invested locally …

Venture Capital

What You Could Learn from a True Pioneer in Digital, Social & Mobile Media

BuzzFeed. It conjures up a range of emotions anytime I’ve privately expressed my opinion to thought leaders in our industry that I believe it is one …

Digital Media

Mark Cuban on Why You Need to Study Artificial Intelligence or You’ll be a Dinosaur in 3 Years

Mark Cuban opened the Upfront Summit in an epic interview by Jason Hirschhorn, founder of Media REDEF.Machine Learning / AIThey discussed many topics …

Silicon Valley

How Glenn Beck Won the Audience Over at the Upfront Summit

Glenn Beck holds court at the Upfront Summit with legendary VC Vinod Khosla and UCSD Chancellor Pradeep Khosla (not related)If you asked me a year …

Never Let Anybody Tell You to Shut Up

Trump. In a week there is enough evidence to know that he truly is the narcissistic child and xenophobic race-baiter we saw during the election and …

Steve Bannon

Let Me Point out to you How Ridiculous the Trump Tech Meeting Was

A room full of some of the top tech leaders in our country: Apple, Facebook, Cisco, Intel, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, Amazon, Tesla and so forth. It’s a …

Donald Trump

Welcoming the Newest Partner to Upfront Ventures

Today is amongst the proudest days I’ve had at Upfront Ventures — getting the chance to announce that Kevin Zhang has been promoted to Partner. …

Venture Capital

The Coming Shift in Enterprise Software

Today it has been announced that I’m leading a $15 million funding round in Tact, a new generation of Enterprise Software company along with other …

Enterprise Software

Why You Can’t Search for a Job From a Remote Location

I’ve had this conversation many times. A friend calls me up from: Boston, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, wherever and says, “I’m thinking about …

Employment

Why I’m Turning Over a New Leaf & Refocusing My Energy

This election has been hard on our country. I have had numerous conversations with people who struggle to call home and speak with family or friends …