They’re not all unethical, but here are some things you need to watch out for.
With the exception of a few writers, tech journalism is usually devoid of fact checking, research, analysis and insight. Online media companies with VC investors often pander to those VCs and hype their portfolio companies. Considering the dearth of insightful writing covering the startup ecosystem, First Round Capital’s blog First Round Review – Actionable Insights for Technology Entrepreneurs seems like a great idea. First Round Capital Partner Josh Kopelman even boldly said, “In short, our (modest) goal is to build the Harvard Business Review (HBR) for startups”. So I was shocked to find fluffy, promotional writing on First Round Review (FRR).
“The game taught me the game. And it didn’t spare the rod while teaching.” – Jesse Livermore There’s a new bully in town. And I guess that’s me at least according to a VC who emailed me recently to complain about my blog post. He wrote that it was unfair of me to write such […]
Is there a fundamental flaw in the application of the subscription model to consumer commerce start-ups with physical goods like fashion and CPG (consumer packaged goods) companies? There are some terrific consumer companies like Netflix and Spotify that have proved the viability of subscription models. They have innovative ideas. They create something that […]
“Running a start-up is like being punched in the face repeatedly, but working for a large company is like being waterboarded.” – Paul Graham, co-founder of Y Combinator Just as product managers leave Facebook, Apple, Google and Microsoft to start innovative startups like Instagram, the same phenomenon happens at behemoth consumer companies such as L’Oreal, […]
VCs think my boobs need an algorithm. My boobs don’t need an algorithm. If that’s not enough, VCs also think that women need bra subscriptions. They gave $2M in seed funding to True & Co., an e-commerce bra company with an algorithm and subscription model. Never mind that the clear majority of women don’t buy bras every month. This […]