New York Venture Partners’ Managing Director Trace Cohen shares his predictions for tech for 2019 and takes a look at how his 2019 predictions fared.
There is and will always be questions about how to get in touch with investors who you want to pitch at every stage. Almost every panel, podcast, post etc will generally mention that a warm intro through someone they know is the best way.
There was an interesting tweet thread started by Semil of HayStack about why he passes on some investments; personal, gut, intuitive feeling. I’m a big fan of him, his investments and his advice, so I wanted to expand on my thoughts around this. It is common for me to politely pass on an investment b/c […]
I’ve been going to CES with my dad for the last 10 years, seeing almost every gadget, gizmo and widget before they came mainstream. Wearables, VR and AR really only started to garner traction and attention a few years back and while it’s come a long way since, it still has a long way to […]
It is well established that startups have a difficult time building diverse teams. Especially at the earliest stages, founders recruit and hire people in their personal networks including former classmates, colleagues, and friends. This often results in a homogenous workforce that can become self-fulfilling over time without intentional efforts and course correction. At the most […]
I’ve noticed that many first time founders and/or first-time fundraisers set milestones, metrics and speculative traction based on what they want but not what the next round of investors might want.
Hopefully you read the first part of this series outlining general statements and not very specific things founders say and how investors perceive them. Everyone always asks why we invested in a startup and we can give them anecdotal answers but I thought it would be easier to show you why as well. The first […]
I’ve always been told that it’s not what you say that matters most but what people hear. This is something that I find a lot of people don’t generally think about ahead of time, especially founders when they pitch investors. You have a limited amount of time to get your message across, so make sure […]
By make money, I mean money-over-over, they got back more than they put in. Seriously ask any of your friends who invest if they actually know someone and they’ll most likely have to think about it and get back to you. So why am I saying thing about the industry I’m in and have devoted […]
Well that was an interesting year! So lets wrap it up in style and start making some predictions for what to expect next year and how we can top it because everything needs to go up and to the right. The bigger seed rounds will continue. As I mentioned in my previous post, micro funds raised […]
I️ have come across a few articles that seed investing is down, VCs are toxic and ICOs are the next big thing. So I️ want to break down some of this and zero-base the current climate so we can move forwards knowledgeably. Seed investment is declining. This seems to be true right now, while not significantly down, there is […]