We are very happy to announce that we have co-lead an investment with our friends at Canaan Partners in Orchard – a company that is squarely focused on the online lending space.
Matt Burton, the co-founder and CEO of the company, was a very early employee and a rising star at Admeld. Soon…
We’re excited to announce our investment in Orchard, led by Matt Burton & team. This is our second time teaming up with Matt! Excited by Orchard’s vision, product, & team.
December 2, 2013 at 1:44pm
The Spark Reading List #7
From Nabeel ( nabeel ):
The Lean Hardware Startup: Financing by Cyril Ebersweiler and Benjamine Joffe
Part II in a series by Cyril, founder of hardware startup accelerator HAXLR8R, and Benjamin, an expert on startup ecosystems, angel investor, and advisor to HAXLR8R.
Snapchat and That Old No Revenues Debate by Fred Destin
Unlikely that we’re in a bubble and that fools are involved. More likely that one of these messaging startups is going to “nail telco to their cross.”
From Mo ( mokoyfman ):
When Smart People Are Bad Employees by Ben Horowitz
Avoid The Heretic, The Flake, and The Jerk. But, there are select times when you should hold the bus for just that one person.
The Battle for the Connected Home is Heating Up by Matt Turck
A new battle for the home is heating up between startups, cable companies, telcos, industrial conglomerates, and large technology companies.
The Great Unbundling of Venture Capital by Dave Lerner
How can investors “roll with it” and be innovative, not irrelevant?
November 25, 2013 at 2:16pm
The Spark Reading List #6
From Andrew ( thegongshow ):
Ask the Wizard, an old Q&A blog by Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter
From Nabeel ( nabeel ):
Software Is Reorganizing the World by Balaji Srinivasan
As we migrate our lives to the cloud and make location less (or completely) unimportant, are we getting closer to living in a cloud country of our own?
Drones Galore, This Week in Startups by Chris Anderson and charlesforman
Learn which ones are autonomous, goofy consumer gadgets, or military and research-grade.
From Mo ( mokoyfman ):
The M.C. Who Fell to Earth by sashafrerejones
Kanye’s tender advice: “Don’t listen to anyone. Don’t listen to me.”
The Top 10 ‘Arms Merchants’ of the Cloud by Matt Marshall
But the list isn’t final. You get to to weigh in.
Get your questions about start-up funding answered by a leading venture capitalist.
"You have to have an irrational passion for the technology that you’re working on in order to push through that difficult initial period. Think long about your motivations for why you’re starting a company. If it’s anything other than ‘I have to do this because I want this thing to exist in the world,’ then you might want to consider doing something else."
- thegongshow (Andrew Parker)
November 21, 2013 at 10:35am
In case you missed it:
nabeel joins Ash Fontana of AngelList and Adam Sager, CEO & Co-Founder of Canary, at DEMO on the Funding Your Startup: Choose Your Own Adventure panel moderated by Jon Fortt, CNBC.
Full video here.
November 19, 2013 at 12:15pm
The Spark Capital 4th Annual Fall Party in Boston last night.
Thanks to Silicon Valley Bank & Goodwin Procter for co-sponsoring!
Photos via Max Faingezicht, Julie Grier, and Danya Cheskis-Gold.
November 18, 2013 at 3:41pm
The Spark Reading List #5
Vaporizing VC Interest via Eric Paley
The difference between founders’ perception of the likelihood of closing a round of funding vs. the VC reality.
It’s time to rethink startup equity via Jay Adelson
A new idea for compensating startup employees.
With Moore’s Law receding, design is how we decide via johnmaeda
We’re now choosing based upon design, not the normal cues of “better.”
10 Reasons Why the Value of Bitcoin is Skyrocketing via Ryan Charleston
The bitcoin economy is now valued at more than $5B. How and why?
What New York’s New Mayor Must Do About The Future Of Tech In Silicon Alley via Andrew Rasiej
Let’s roll up our sleeves and off the new mayor our help.
HealthCare.gov: How political fear was pitted against technical needs via Juliet Eilperin and Amy Goldstein
"There wasn’t a person who said, ‘My job is the seamless implementation of the Affordable Care Act.’"
November 12, 2013 at 10:10am
Last night, moderated by aspartanlife (Craig Wilson), Micah Rosenbloom (Founder Collective), Matthew Witheiler (Flybridge), and Josh Guttman (SoftBank) discussed startups & investing in NYC with the InSite Fellows.
November 11, 2013 at 2:36pm
The Spark Reading List #4
Bitcoin - The Internet of Money via @naval
(B)itcoin, with a capital B: the underlying protocol, which encapsulates and distributes the functions of contract law.
A Founder of Twitter Goes Long via @mrichtel
If Twitter redefined the frontier of communications, Medium is trying to reclaim some of the lost territory.
Finance Class on the Web, for Students of All Ages via @tarasbernard
Joshua Rauh, finance prof. at Stanford, opened up his grad-level course on the finance of retirement and pensions to the masses.
The Secrets of Bezos: How Amazon Became the Everything Store via bradstone
An excerpt from the book.
22 Hours in Balthazar via willystaley
A behind-the-scenes look at Balthazar’s highly efficient, well-oiled, potato-chipping machine.
My Life as a Young Thug via miketyson
From seeking love and acceptance to becoming a fighter.
My employees reviewed me, and I kind of suck via @greghoy
Recognizing your shortcomings.
San Francisco, CA | 2013
Spark in the wild.