August 22, 2015 § Leave a comment
Understanding startups metrics–and also, how to not commit fraud when raising money.
We have the privilege of meeting with thousands of entrepreneurs every year, and in the course of those discussions are presented with all kinds of numbers, measures, and metrics that illustrate the promise and health of a particular company. Sometimes, however, the metrics may not be the best gauge of what’s actually happening in the business, or people may use different definitions of the same metric in a way that makes it hard to understand the health of the business.
So, while some of this may be obvious to many of you who live and breathe these metrics all day long, we compiled a list of the most common or confusing metrics. Where appropriate, we tried to add some notes on why investors focus on those metrics. Ultimately, though, good metrics aren’t about raising money from VCs — they’re about running the business in a way where founders know how…
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August 11, 2015 § Leave a comment
I’m totally fascinated by this business move by Google/Alphabet.
On Monday Google announced plans for a corporate organization, one that reimagines Google as “a collection of companies” under an umbrella corporation named “Alphabet.” While the name “Alphabet” is presumably meant to convey the diversity of stuff Google has its hands in, we noticed Google’s new “collection” of companies, including Google X and Wing (its drone delivery effort), only accounts for a few letters of the alphabet. Actually, most of Google’s companies start with the letter “G.”
So we imagined what Google’s Alphabet might look in the future:
A is for Auto. Once self-driving cars hit the road en masse, Google auto expands to include a line of self-driving hovercraft so that technophiles can fly above the traffic-plagued masses.
B is for Baby. This division of Google is responsible for all of your child’s self-tracking needs.
C is for Calico. Created in 2013, this is Google’s life extension play. Why would anyone…
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August 6, 2015 § Leave a comment
Exactly a month before yours truly was hatched in Atlanta way back in the Dark Ages, The Grateful Dead were up in Boston, performing this classic, epic show at The Ark. They were on sort of an East coast tour, at the time, with Woodstock coming up in August. The actual day of my birth they played at a Seminole Village down in Florida not too far away, and it was an amazing, weird show. Even moreso than usual for the time.
The audio quality on this is spectacular.
d1t01 – Introduction
d1t02 – He Was A Friend Of Mine
d1t03 – Dark Star ->
d1t04 – St. Stephen ->
d1t05 – It’s A Sin ->
d1t06 – St. Stephen ->
d1t07 – Cryptical Envelopment ->
d1t08 – Drums ->
d1t09 – The Other One ->
d1t10 – Cryptical Envelopment ->
d1t11 – Sittin’ On Top Of The World ->
d1t12 – Turn On Your Lovelight
d2t01 – Morning Dew
d2t02 – Hard To Handle
d2t03 – Doin’ That Rag
d2t04 – Alligator ->
d2t05 – Drums ->
d2t06 – Jam ->
d2t07 – The Eleven ->
d2t08 – Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks) ->
d2t09 – Feedback ->
d2t10 – And We Bid You Good Night
d3t01 – Not Fade Away tease
d3t02 – It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue