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This morning, John Schroeder, CEO of MapR, shared a great post on what it takes to run a company that is “Built to Last.” As John writes, being “built to last” is an idea that is arguably most relevant in …

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There has been a lot of conversation recently on the future of the media industry, specifically drawing comparisons between TV and film and the shrinking music industry.  It’s been over 10 years since Napster came on the scene to disrupt …

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Although Sharktank has been running reruns on Fridays the last few weeks, the show ran a Sharktank 2012 Holiday special on Tuesday night.

The most interesting company to present was The Coop, a modern, design-focused, indoor-outdoor children’s playspace in …

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 Season 4 of week 10 of Shark Tank was interesting because two of the pitches were for internet businesses that I could imagine seeing in my day job as a Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist. I cover one of them, …

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Season 4 week 9 of Sharktank was another fun episode, showing the importance of failing fast, being prepared for your pitch and how selecting an investor is about more than just optimizing valuation.

Drive Suits

The first company to pitch …

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Season 4 week 8 of sharktank was a great episode, and provides a number of different lessons on the importance of experienced management, how celebrity endorsements can work for you or against you, and how an entrepreneur can blow up …

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As you may have already seen, I’ve been breaking down the pitches on this season’s Shark Tank while wearing my work hat as a Managing Director at Lightspeed Venture Partners.

Here are my thoughts on the companies that were …

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Time for a breakdown of week 5 of season 4 of Shark Tank! I’ve been getting good feedback from people who enjoy getting an insight into how a VC thinks about an investment opportunity, and being able to actually …

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I’ve been writing up reviews of this season’s Shark Tank pitches from a silicon valley VCs perspective. Week three’s breakdown covered topics like how hard momentum is to turn around, and how participating preferred stock works. This time I’ll break …

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It was a busy weekend, so I didn’t get to watch Shark Tank until this evening. So here is the breakdown of Season 4 week 3:

 LIZ LOVELY COOKIES

The first company makes gluten-free, diary-free gourmet cookies. There was …

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