July 28, 2014

The Birth of the Dallas Startup Eco-System

Have you ever wondered what it would take to build a startup ecosystem in your community? You might be surprised at how easy it is to build a robust community of entrepreneurs in a relatively short period of time. My story covers the years between 2005 and 2012: Several months ago I met Derek Holt, [...]

Is there a Series A Crunch?

There is a LOT of discussion about a so-called “Series A crunch“: startups who receive seed or angel investment not being able to raise their first institutional round of financing. I would argue there really ISN’T a Series A Crunch, but instead a proliferation of seed and angel deals and this is a GOOD thing. [...]

Don’t cold call Bill Gurley, ever. . .

Did you just cold call Bill Gurley from Benchmark? Shame on you. NEVER cold call a VC. That is so 1999. It is 2012 – have you heard of Google? Raising venture capital seems like a black box to most entrepreneurs, but it is actually pretty easy once you understand the rules. First, never cold [...]

When should you raise money?

Earlier this week I was on a panel at MobCon with Michael Gorman (managing partner at Split Rock Partners) called, “Investing in Mobile Companies” and one of the early questions was about WHEN an entrepreneur should raise outside capital. Michael put me on the spot and asked my opinion. To be honest, I have had [...]

The StartupMuse is Back!

Just a quick programming note – I am going start writing about entrepreneurship on the StartupMuse once again. Expect one or two posts a week. If you have any particular topics or questions you’d like me to write about please feel free to reach out to me directly at amuse@startupmuse.com.

The StartupMuse is on hiatus. . .

When I started this blog back in 2007 I was excited about the prospect of sharing my experiences as an entrepreneur. I wrote posts once or twice a day. Fast forward to 2012 and the reality is that I simply don’t have the time to write about entrepreneurship because I am actively involved with my [...]

Is kiteboarding is the new golf?

Two or three years ago I began doing business with a fellow entrepreneur named Philip McNamara. Philip told me about his passion – kiteboarding. I didn’t really think much about it until earlier this year when I was in the Florida Keys and I took a lesson. Afterward I mentioned to Philip that I had [...]

Turning 40 Update. . .

As I am fond of saying, I turned 39 a year ago – i.e. I am now 40. Back in August I wrote about turning 40 and unknowingly set about changing my life. You can have all of the success in the world, but if you don’t have your health you really don’t have anything. [...]

Co-Founder of Akamai to Speak at Happy Hour on Thursday!

Looking to connect with other high tech entrepreneurs in Dallas? You might want to check out the Startup Happy Hour event this Thursday at 5PM. Join the MeetUp Group and RSVP Here: http://www.meetup.com/Dallas-Startup-Happy-Hour/events/46716632/ It’s time to get the happy hour rolling again! We’re happy to announce that our guest speaker will be Preetish Nijhawan, Managing [...]

Dawn of a new day at Yahoo?

I had the pleasure of working with Scott Thompson and his team at PayPal back in 2009 and 2010. I was impressed by his energy and drive – if I wasn’t building my own startup I would have jumped at the chance to work with him. Today Yahoo announced that they have appointed him their [...]