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Jay Deng

Jay Deng is an angel investor and venture capitalist. He invested in two companies whose exits topped $800 million. He is also the CEO and founder of Diva For Less.

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Op-ED - Everyday I see the same things: The same startup names that take a perfectly normal word and change it by adding a “-ly” to the end; the same generic websites with screenshots of the startups app on an oversized iPhone; the...
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Op-ED - Silicon Valley has long prided itself for creating the Pied Pipers of the world, but venture capitalists themselves have been reluctant to disrupt their own industry and the traditional 2/20 model. But just recently, Kent Goldman,...
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AlleyTalk - Jeff Bussgang’s recent article about the lack of women in VC struck a nerve with me as this topic has always been near and dear to my heart so I want to share the story of Barbara Walters and show what it can reveal about the lack...
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AlleyTalk - Like most VCs, I get carpet bombed with pitches almost non-stop. They can range from the benign and harmless pitches all the way to the ones that were clearly written by someone who had just discovered bath salts. Most pitches are...
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Advice - Charlie O’Donnell wrote a short blog post of the economics of his fund and no surprise, it was representative of how a typical VC fund operates. But since my fund is far from being typical, I would like to share with you the weird,...
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AlleyTalk - Just recently I read Kanyi Maqubela’s post on distribution waterfalls and carried interest and felt compelled to write a rebuttal. First of all, there is no such thing as a European style waterfall - not anymore, at least. If...
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Advice - As a purple cow evangelist, I always have a few crazy ideas that are percolating in my head, which is why I started the Purple Cow, Startup Edition. I will take a fledgling startup and come up with a few remarkable ideas. My goal is...
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AlleyTalk - Pijon, Modalyst and Kid & Coe are part of this weeks special NYC edition of Chasing Unicorns. What Kid & Coe is travel platform dedicated to families only Problem When you think of a family vacation, a trip to...
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Startups - Welcome to the second edition of Chasing Unicorns. Last week was the special love edition and the first of many Chasing Unicorn features where I will be busting out my deal flow for all to see. In this post, I will showcase 3...
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Startups - This special edition of Chasing Unicorns is all about the business of love. As always, ratings are from a scale of 1-3 like Michelin stars. I’ve come across dozens of wedding startups and it’s easy to see why there are so many...
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AlleyTalk - These days, the Zuck seems to be doling out cash and making it rain even better than the most eccentric Russian millionaires. But Facebook’s monstrous buyout of WhatsApp also proves a few things: Zuckerberg is swimming in...
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Business - I just finished reading this article, and it reminded me how much I love subscription-based business models. It’s fascinating to see how more and more startups are employing this model with great success (e.g. Birchbox). Here are...
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Advice - Picture this: you are in the middle of a startup conference filled with VCs with deep pockets that you desperately need to reach into. You hype yourself up, doing mental jumping jacks. Before you know it, you are sweating more than a...
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Advertising - I use to have an affliction that I called “marketitis.” It’s the one where marketers who didn’t know better bought into rote marketing techniques like boring TV commercials, SEO and social media, thinking this is how all...
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Advice - It’s funny—despite the fact that more than 75 percent of startups fail, we rarely hear the stories of how it happened (VC’s tend to hide the mangled corpses of their companies quite well). I just finished reading this short...
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Advertising - Recently, I wrote an article about why branding is one of the underrated heroes of startups. This week’s article is about the importance of having a personality behind that brand. I view brand personality the same way I view...

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