My Top 8 Mistakes Investing in SaaS Startups

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My biggest mistakes in SaaS investing actually in the end haven’t been truly costly because, in the end, power laws mean your winners overwhelm your losers if you do it right. But still I have screwed up a number of investments. Investing when the CEO was a bit of a B.S.

Investing in Orbit

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As part of that shift, companies are relying on communities as a key method for growing and engaging their user … The post Investing in Orbit appeared first on Andreessen Horowitz.

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Investing in Casai

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… The post Investing in Casai appeared first on Andreessen Horowitz. The nature of travel, especially work travel, is undergoing a seismic change.

Investing in Isovalent

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Isovalent is the driving force behind both eBPF and Cilium, projects in Linux that provide a software networking layer for modern cloud … The post Investing in Isovalent appeared first on Andreessen Horowitz.

From Build to Buy: The Path to Better Analytics for Your Application

Speaker: Ardeshir Ghanbarzadeh, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Logi Analytics

Making the transition from building your analytics in-house to investing in a third-party embedded solution can be complicated.Watch this webinar with Ardeshir Ghanbarzadeh, Senior Product Marketing Manager at Logi Analytics, for tips on making the transition as smooth as possible, and getting on the right path to better analytics for your app!

Declan Kelly Joins Techstars Investment Team

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With 11 Techstars mentorship-driven accelerator programs in Europe and the Middle East, Techstars has a portfolio of close to 350 companies and invests in nearly 110 startups in EMEA annually. Kelly will play an instrumental role in working with Techstars’ portfolio companies, Techstars managing directors and the investment community to foster connectivity across the region. About Techstars Announcements Declan Kelly EMEA investment team investments investors

What VCs Do With Their Time. Hint: Most of It Isn’t New Investments

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Yes, VCs themselves have to raise the money they invest. Manage existing investments. So best case, most established general partners with a full plate of existing investments spend < 50% of their time on their own new deals.

Twelve Years of Investing in Women

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I began investing in women over a decade ago. It was a major part of my investing thesis. And I invested. I invested in businesses that I believed had a huge opportunity that could grow to be worth $100M or more. I have invested in many founders who have had children while building their companies, and guess what? I believed that I would make a solid return on every single woman I invested in. Many of the companies I have invested in have done it.

Investing in Mux

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Video has become the primary vehicle for interaction with the outside world, whether through our … The post Investing in Mux appeared first on Andreessen Horowitz.

When a VC Investment Fails, Does That Mean It Was a Bad Investment? Probably Not

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With venture capital investments that fail, is the problem most often with the entrepreneur or was it a bad investment by the VC? The earlier stage you invest, the more often some of them just … don’t work out. Especially when you invest early. Now imagine you invested in say Zoom and own 11%–12% like Emergence and Sequoia do. The post When a VC Investment Fails, Does That Mean It Was a Bad Investment?

How ZoomInfo Enhances Your Database Management Strategy

Forward-thinking marketing organizations have continuously invested in a database strategy for enabling marketing processes. Download this ebook to learn how to maintain a strategy that includes refreshed information, database cleanses, and an accurate analysis at the same time.

Investing in Alpha Health

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That’s several multiples higher than the highest payment processing fees in other industries, and even worse, most of that spend … The post Investing in Alpha Health appeared first on Andreessen Horowitz. For every $1 of revenue collected by a hospital, $0.25 is spent on the administrative tasks required to collect it.

Investing in Scribe Therapeutics

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When they were asked when they realized the PC was going to take off, they said it was serendipitous, … The post Investing in Scribe Therapeutics appeared first on Andreessen Horowitz.

Investing in Neighbor

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Marc and a16z cofounder Ben Horowitz started a company called … The post Investing in Neighbor appeared first on Andreessen Horowitz. As my partner, Marc Andreessen, often says, “there are no bad ideas in tech, only bad timing.” This can sound a tad crazy at face value, but let me elaborate. marketplaces announcements

Investing in ChartHop

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The common example of Conway’s Law is that an engineering team split into three groups working on the … The post Investing in ChartHop appeared first on Andreessen Horowitz. Conway’s Law states “organizations which design systems… are constrained to produce designs which are copies of the communication structures of these organizations.”

Why B2B Contact and Account Data Management Is Critical to Your ROI

64% of successful data-driven marketers say improving data quality is the most challenging obstacle to achieving success. Given data’s direct impact on marketing campaigns, reporting, and sales follow up, maintaining an accurate and consistent database is a top priority for B2B organizations. This latest eBook aims to help marketing leaders understand the impact of data management on their company’s ROI.

Investing in Roblox

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In fact, games are not even just “games” any longer, but a form of entertainment — the … The post Investing in Roblox appeared first on Andreessen Horowitz. Gaming has gone from a niche hobby to a massive global industry across all demographics and well beyond outdated, narrow stereotypes of “gamers”. gaming & new media LSV announcements education entertainment gaming

Investing in Silo

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has largely remained unchanged by technology, despite … The post Investing in Silo appeared first on Andreessen Horowitz. Since Marc Andreessen declared it 10 years ago software has eaten so much of the world — transportation, real estate, communication, banking, and more.

Investing in Deel

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The historical model was to focus hiring on individuals in your geographic backyard , then provide those individuals with a paycheck, health insurance, pension, … The post Investing in Deel appeared first on Andreessen Horowitz. Over the past few decades, we’ve seen significant changes in how employers think about their workforce.

Investing in Runway

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Banks are being disintermediated from their customers by fintech companies, new infrastructure technologies are lowering the barrier to entry for non-fintechs, and a wave of exciting early-stage companies are … The post Investing in Runway appeared first on Andreessen Horowitz. The financial world has been quietly upended over the past decade.

Forrester Research Report: How Sales and Marketing Intelligence Drive Improved Business Outcomes

In 2019, DiscoverOrg commissioned Forrester Consulting to evaluate sales and marketing intelligence practices in the B2B space. The primary takeaway? Forrester found only 1.2% of companies achieved a score indicating maturity in data management practices. However, organizations are fighting back - and winning.

How Important Are Happy Employees When VCs Invest?

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Do startup investors care about how employees are treated where they invest? Last week, I literally was on a back-door reference call for a $250m+ valuation investment (not a company where I am an investor) where a late-stage VC did not invest just for this reason. Few seed-stage VCs I know will invest in a CEO they don’t personally want to work with. Later stage investing becomes more purely transactional).

Investing in Material Security

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And in the … The post Investing in Material Security appeared first on Andreessen Horowitz. My inbox holds more information about my online and offline life than any other repository. It holds access to my online accounts. It holds decades of conversations and documents around my financial, professional, academic and personal dealings. enterprise & SaaS security & privacy announcements

Janet Bannister on human-centered investing

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Canadian VC Janet Bannister, a partner at Real Ventures, loves investing in “conscious founders” who are trying to make the world a better place. Her style of “human-centered investing” prioritizes people and relationships, and investing in smart, self-aware, teachable entrepreneurs. . Now she’s all in, with an approach that she calls “human centered investing.” When she’s investing, she looks for the “conscious founder.”

Investing in Sleeper

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For many, sports are woven into our lives—we have childhood memories of watching baseball games with family, football games after a big … The post Investing in Sleeper appeared first on Andreessen Horowitz. Sports have long been a center of gravity for our social lives, bringing together friends, family, and fans.

New Study: 2018 State of Embedded Analytics Report

The survey results confirm that embedding analytics is well worth the investment. must continue to invest in analytics. have decided to increase their investments in the next year. continue to invest. they will continue to invest in the coming year. 2018 STATE OF.

Investing in WorkBoard

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Organizations waste a lot of mental calories figuring out where to focus and trying to track … The post Investing in WorkBoard appeared first on Andreessen Horowitz. Running a business is hard — there are many things a team could be doing, but only a small number they should be doing. enterprise & SaaS announcements

Investing in LabelBox

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Compute power is essentially unlimited, … The post Investing in LabelBox appeared first on Andreessen Horowitz. Delivering on the promise of AI has been an iterative and interdependent balance between processing capacity, math, and data. The rise of cloud computing and open source has largely mitigated capacity and math as bottlenecks. AI, machine & deep learning enterprise & SaaS announcements

Why Seed Investing Is Kind of a Sucker Bet (Relatively Speaking)

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Q: What are the Pros and Cons of Seed Investing? Seed investing is a bit of a sucker bet. At least on a relative basis to other types of venture investing. Well, the “good news” for seed investing is you should have a much lower entry price than a Series A-B-C investor. I.e., the earlier you invest, the lower the price. That’s where seed investing comes up short compared to Series A-B-C+ investing. of each investment on average.

How To Upscale Your Home Business With Little Investment

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The post How To Upscale Your Home Business With Little Investment appeared first on Predictable Revenue. The future looks uncertain, and many businesses are battening down the hatches in anticipation of a rocky few months.But for many, this disruption is temporary. Things will return at least to a new normal in which you can still thrive. It’s important to use this time wisely, spend some time adjusting and finessing your business so you can hit the ground running when they do.

5 Early Indicators Your Embedded Analytics Will Fail

They invest time and money in a quick- fix tool, such as a bolt-on analytics that. Updating your application’s dashboards and reporting features. may feel optional—until suddenly it’s not. Watch for these 5 signs. that you’re at risk for an analytics emergency. Early Indicators. Your Embedded.

Investing in Figma: The Decade of Design

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I’ve always been interested in investing in companies and founders who take an old, staid technology category and turn it on its head, often reinventing an entirely new category (and inventing new behaviors) in the process. These technology tools bring … The post Investing in Figma: The Decade of Design appeared first on Andreessen Horowitz.

Investing in Brightside

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We are very excited to announce our Series A investment in Brightside, a company focused on financial health, distributed through employers. Not only does Brightside improve financial wellness and literacy—helping both employees (less financial stress, more disposable income) and employers … The post Investing in Brightside appeared first on Andreessen Horowitz.

Why would an investor invest in a pre-revenue company?

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Q: Why would an investor invest in a pre-revenue company? And de-risk the investment. If someone else is going to do the deal, you may need to invest now. You are worried you can’t get enough ownership unless you invest now. The earlier you invest, the easier it is to get your target ownership. Another 2 months of learnings can materially de-risk an investment. The post Why would an investor invest in a pre-revenue company?

Investing In Rasa

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Until very recently, a system designer was faced with an ogre’s choice between UI and formal language — make the UI simple and … The post Investing In Rasa appeared first on Andreessen Horowitz. Today, you really have four options to interface with an application: UI, formal language, chat, and voice.

How to Package and Price Embedded Analytics

dropping on a low-value feature (Feature C), you may want to stop investing in it. HOW TO PACKAGE & PRICE EMBEDDED ANALYTICS. Practical Frameworks to Monetize Embedded Analytics Table of Contents Embedding Analytics to Lift Value and Revenue.

11 Signs To Predict If a Venture Investment Will or Won’t Work Out

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Q: What was your failed investment experience and where will you never invest funds again? I’ve made about 30 material investments. Most have been successful, but of course not all have and I’ve been reflecting on the ones that didn’t, because they still had attractive elements when I invested. Some of my best investments had zero revenue the first 2 years or even longer. If the metrics don’t make sense, don’t invest.

Investing in Octant

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The primary objective … The post Investing in Octant appeared first on Andreessen Horowitz. The octant was the dominant tool for maritime navigation in the 18th century because it enabled sailors to chart an accurate course, even in pitching and rolling seas. Like seafaring, drug discovery is, at its core, exploratory. bio announcements coronavirus drug development therapeutics when science becomes engineering

Investing in Tomorrow Health

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But as medical technology grew more advanced (and bulkier, and more expensive), and … The post Investing in Tomorrow Health appeared first on Andreessen Horowitz. Going to the hospital was once a move of last resort. In fact, up through the 1930’s, 40% of healthcare services were delivered in the home. bio announcements healthcare

Investing in Cedar

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Except when you labor through the details of this document, you discover … The post Investing in Cedar appeared first on Andreessen Horowitz. Most of us can relate to the experience of receiving what appears to be a multi-page medical bill in the mailbox after a “recent” trip to the doctor. bio announcements healthcare insurance payments

The Mindset of An Investor Today - Arlan Hamilton

Join Peter Cowen, Managing Director at Sutton Capital Partners, and top VCs as they look at the trends and perspectives on investing in today’s climate.