Archives / September, 2009

StartupVisa Momentum

In the few weeks since I wrote the post The Founders Visa Movement there has been a ton of positive momentum, input, ideas, and support.  Thanks to the efforts of Dave McClure and Eric Ries, we shifted the name to the StartupVisa, figured out that the EB-5 visa was the most logical one to try to…

Defrag 2009 – Your Locally Owned Restaurant of Tech Conferences

Defrag 2009 is happening in Denver on November 11th and 12th.  As this is Defrag’s third year, I can say with great confidence that it will be an amazing experience.  I’ve watched Eric Norlin orchestrate two Defrag’s and one Glue conference and he is a master at the small, intimate, high quality tech conference.  The…

I Almost Ended Up in Jail Last Night

I’ll start with the lesson that I learned: Always make sure your license plate matches your registration and insurance forms that you keep in your car and that these are the same as the information the DMV has in their database. Here’s the story.  I was driving home last night around 10:30pm on the road…

Be Your Own Lobbyist – Donate to the Startup Visa Initiative

The Startup Visa movement is picking up a lot of speed.  I’ve had more positive conversations about it than I have about any other government related thing I’ve been involved in or worked on in the past few years. David Binetti and the gang at @2gov have set up a way for anyone to make…

Nice Move By Funding Universe

A few weeks ago I wrote a post titled An Angel Investor Group Move That Makes Me Vomit.  In the post, I lambasted the practice of charging entrepreneurs to pitch to an angel group for funding.  I think this is completely backwards – the angel group members should cover all the costs and the entrepreneurs…

DailyBurn and Occipital Team Up to Create FoodScanner

In an intense environment like TechStars, filled with smart and extremely driven people, you might expect that things would get competitive among the teams. However, one of the most interesting things I’ve seen over the three years of the program has been the level of collaboration among the teams. I’ve seen them practice their pitches…

Events Next Week That I’m At

As I continue to walk the earth, like Caine in Kung-Fu, I’m enjoying another early morning in Mountain View.  I look forward to getting back home to Boulder late tonight, just in time to have avoided the crummy weather this week. Next week has plenty of walking the earth, starting in Boulder, then Mountain View,…

Eliminate Ranges From Your Negotiating Vocabulary

I was fortunate that two of my early mentors were master dealmakers.  They had different styles and approaches so I learned an incredible amount from each of them.  Before I met them I’d never made an investment, acquired a company, or sold a company.  In the past 17 years since I met them, I’ve done…

TechStars 2009 Demo Day in Mountain View – 9/30/09

We’ve just wrapped up our third year of doing TechStars and not only do we have some interesting companies coming out of Boulder, we also have a bunch coming out of our new Boston program as well. In all, we had 19 companies go through the program this summer. I expect at least 14 of…

@2gov and The Founders Visa Movement

I received an overwhelming response to my post last week titled The Founders Visa Movement. There were tons of comments – both positive and negative (many constructive on both sides), lots of emails, and plenty of tweets.  I sent the comment thread on to the senior staffer in my congressman’s office who I was talking…