What we’re reading at Flatiron Investors, by Charles LaCalle
Kanyi Maqubela of Collaborative Fund writes a fantastic post about the importance of displaying momentum when you are raising venture money. One of his great pieces of advice:
for those founders who are just starting out now, trying to figure out how to make a case to an investor about their opportunity: momentum takes many shapes. And if you rank *very* highly in any one category of momentum, this can often be more attractive to a potential investor than ranking well, but not that well, on a number of categories.
Jeff Carter discusses the similarities between trading and seed investing and the emotions involved in losing money through angel investments.
Gil Dibner released his quarterly deck on VC trends across Europe and Israel. While US VC investment pace slowed and European growth stage investment pace remained flat, European early stage investment pace surged.
Brad Feld of Foundry Group discusses the decision to stop investing in deals through angel list.
Rand Fishkin, the founder and former CEO of Moz, sits down with Product Hunt to discuss running a successful online community and trends in digital marketing.
Jason M. Lemkin in SaaStr discusses how much equity unicorn founders typically have.
Bryce Roberts gives great advice to entrepreneurs about communicating their problems to their board. It takes self-awareness and trust to communicate problems to your board, in addition to your successes.
Fred Wilson of USV wonders why there hasn’t been more analog to digital moves. An example of this is the way that Netflix moved from DVD subscription to streaming. A recent example is GM’s investment in Lyft.