Month: January 2015

Swinging for the fences with Formation8

Swinging for the fences with Formation8

It’s safe to say that despite less than a full presidential term in existence, venture firm Formation8 has made quit the impact on the industry. With a rock star team, stellar early performance with exits from portfolio companies Oculus Rift and RelateIQ, and now nearly $1B in assets under management, it’s no wonder that they were dubbed by Fortune as the “hottest” venture firm since Andreessen Horowitz. With two successful entrepreneurial...

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The “craft” of Venture Capital with Homebrew

The “craft” of Venture Capital with Homebrew

Walking into the Homebrew (named after the famed 1970’s hobbyist computer club) offices in SF provides for a very different experience than what would be normally expected from a typical venture capital firm. Amidst rows of desks reserved for Homebrew portfolio company teams, sit Homebrew founders Hunter Walk and Satya Patel.  No opulent Partner offices and no unnecessary frills. Consistent with their operating DNA and Homebrew’s...

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Early stage financing observations from 2014

2014. An interesting year within venture circles to say the least. From the largest ever M&A of a venture backed company to the rapidly expanding  billion-dollar club to the Micro-VC boom, we saw a little bit of everything last year. Reflecting back on the year, I wanted to share some thoughts and observations of mine specifically around the early stage financing market. I apologize in advance for the semi-ramble as I’m still working...

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