So a lot has been made of blockchain technologies energy usage over the last several months after Bitcoin hit an all-time high and brought massive amounts of attention to the crypto and blockchain space. I want to preface this entire article by saying that I am a long-term believer in blockchain and distributed ledger technology and its ability to help us build a more transparent future but in all honesty, this is still such infant technology that there is still a long way to go and many more innovation cycles to go before the best technology comes forward.

First, what…


So look, I might be a bit biased given my early career (I was an NCAA Div 1 ice hockey coach, Go Bobcats!). But startup leaders can learn a lot about leadership and achieving greatness from one of the greatest of all time to put on skates, Wayne Gretzky. Too often we associate leadership and success with being the star player on the team. Many of you, even those that aren’t hockey fans, probably of heard the name Wayne Gretzky because not only was he a 4 time Stanley Cup champion, but he holds the record for the most goals…


So last week we left you with an interesting tweet that we saw that we wanted to discuss this week around venture capital and “risk” taking. As a reminder, here is the post again before we get into it.

Ok, so there is a lot to unpack here but it also raises some interesting questions about the evolution of the venture capital industry. First things first, I think it serves all of us a good reminder that finding ways to mitigate risk is a good thing. The majority of Venture Capital is institutional dollars representing pension funds, endowments, and other…


So this week is a bit of a continuation of our post from two weeks ago about the state of the Venture Funding scene and some of the tailwinds we are seeing in the data and what they could be signaling for the industry. This week we are taking a closer look at an interesting correlation that we read about in a recent blog from Repoint partner, Tom Tunguz.

The post is titled, “ The Figures that Will Move the Venture Capital Market in the Next 5 Years”. …


So obviously the last 15–16 months have been anything but normal. With a pandemic that brought society to a halt, it greatly exposed that many industry’s revenue streams are, shall we say…vulnerable. One industry, which is often showered in big dollars, bright lights and had seemed nearly invincible, got a bit exposed. Professional sports, which are often thought of through the lens of multi-billion dollar TV deals and jam-packed stadiums. Did you know that from 2010–2020 the average professional sports franchise increased in valuation by nearly 23% annually? …


What lies ahead on the venture funding road?

So look, I’m not a market prognosticator and in full disclosure, I am a venture-backed founder so I can certainly appreciate the slight bit of hypocrisy in this post. I read a lot, especially about VC and funding markets, as a founder the state of the venture market fascinates me as the state of the industry has very real implications for founders and their startups. Today I want to walk you through so interesting trends I have been noticing lately and how some of the market indicators look eerily similar to the housing market in 07–08.

First, like the housing…


So this is a topic that is hard to really “learn” anywhere other than in the real world and probably with a little trial and error involved. We often talk about product-market fit as an indicator of a startup's success, but to even get to this point in a startup's lifecycle and to not mess it up afterwards, founder-investor fit is also a crucial litmus test that is under-discussed.

Just like the wide variety of startups building and trying new things, there is an equally complex matrix of investors who offer different approaches and methodologies to working with founders and…


So I don’t write about myself often but I found myself really going through something this week and I wanted to talk about this as I don’t think it is discussed enough in the startup world. For founders, patience is hard.

Now I’m sure there are peers of mine who are better at being patient than I am but it has always been a weakness of mine. Those of you that know me know that I can get over eager and I tend to be the jump without looking type especially when it comes to the companies I have either…


From Bitcoin to Dogecoin there has been plenty of blockchains and cryptocurrency buzz in the news lately. If you sift through all the noise (and yeah there is a lot of it out there) there are some really interesting, real-world applications of blockchain and cryptography in the works that will fundamentally change how our world works today. One of the more ambitious projects that I have seen to date to turn the public web into a blockchain that can power the future of software. Backed by Andreessen Horowitz (because who isn’t these days), the Dfinity Foundation is looking to disrupt…


SPACs or Special Purpose Acquisition Companies have grabbed the headlines over the last 6–7 months. But another tends with a similar function is quietly gaining steam as a new and disruption market on the lower end of the capital stack and venture market. Search Funds.

What are Search Funds? Good question, a Search Funds operates similar to a SPAC in that it is “searching” (hence the name) for an acquisition target. But instead of raising hundreds of millions and looking at large, later-stage private companies. Searcher target $2–10M startups to either buy out or take a majority stake in.

Searchers…

Ross Andrews

SaaS Founder, Operator and Product Builder. Working on a exciting new project, stay tuned 😎

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