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Pet Peeves

Revenue vs. Income

Put this in the pet peeve rant category. I’m tired of “Revenue” being referred to as “Income.” Yes – I know Quickbooks defaults to “Income.” I know it’s technically correct when referring to “Income accounts” in a company’s “Chart of Accounts.” But it’s confusing, and it baffles me. I spent a few minutes tonight trying…

Is There Anything I Didn’t Ask You That I Should Be Asking?

Recently I’ve been on the receiving end of a bunch of due diligence calls. Some of them are for companies I’m involved in, some are for entrepreneurs I’ve worked with in the past, and some are for other VCs I’ve worked with who are raising new funds. I view these differently than reference calls (I…

How Not To Start A Relationship

In the last month I’ve had the chance to make about 50 new friends. I’ve suddenly become very popular with investment bankers and have been on the receiving end of over 50 emails that look something like the following: “We met once a long time ago when I was with firm X. I’m now at…

The Quora For X

Suddenly the VC/entrepreneur meme for Q1-2011 is “The Quora for X.” Here are two examples from the past few days: Google Ventures Leads $600K Investment In LawPivot, A Quora For Startup Legal Advice Hipster Is Quora Plus Location – Or Q&A For Where You Are Lest you think this is a TechCrunch phenomenon, I’ve received…

I’m Creating A Platform For Platforms Of Platforms

I nominate “platform” for overused tech word of 2010.  Yeah, I whined about this a few months ago in my post Your Platform Is Not In My Space. I hear the word “platform” in over 50% of the short pitches I get.  A friend of mine who is working on a new startup that isn’t…