I’m loving Soundwall

It’s art. It’s a speaker. It’s a conversation piece. With Soundwall you can stream music to an interactive flat-panel speaker that also happens to be a beautiful piece of artwork. It’s really cool to have art that surprises people, and everyone always wants to talk about it. The sound is incredible thanks to Distributed Mode …

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Simplify

Remember factoring out from math class, where you had to simplify an equation by finding the common factors? Startups often start out as a fairly simple equation. But over time, as your organization grows, it becomes more complex. As you scale, your business model gets complex. It creeps in naturally. You know what’s complex in …

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The Business Blockchain: the future of authenticity and trust on the web

I recently read The Business Blockchain by William Mougayar, which provides a really strong description of the practical applications of this important new technology. This goes way beyond bitcoin. William anticipates a future with thousands, possibly millions, of blockchains that will enable frictionless value exchange and disrupt traditional business models. He defines blockchains as “new technology …

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How Microsoft, Uber, Twitter, and Google came to Boulder

A thriving startup community provides a boost to the greater community in lots of ways. It encourages innovation and investment, attracts creative, entrepreneurial people, and generates a certain energy– making the entire city a more desirable place to live. Additionally, when local startups are acquired by big companies, and those companies hire more people in the …

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How much should a growing SaaS business burn?

As an investor, I’m often asked what sort of burn rate is appropriate for a growing company. This question seems to come up right after a Series A raise when the startup feels flush with cash, has some level of product/market fit, and is wondering how much and how fast to try to grow. For …

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Metrics for Startup Success

What is the right startup success metric? I was recently asked why we celebrate fundraising amounts as opposed to other meaningful metrics, such as revenue, recurring customers or staff size. To be perfectly honest, it’s a struggle to find intermediate metrics for startup success. In our industry, funding is used often as a measure of …

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