Category: Venture Capitalist

A Brief History of Corporate Innovation

sk anyone under the age of 25 today “who invented the mouse?” or “who invented the graphical user interface (GUI)?” and you may get a lot of blank stares and fun wild guesses. These two inventions were the sparks that launched the personal computing revolution, and both were invented by Xerox. What a great illustration [...]

Things to think about when investing in a Venture Fund.

1. You must be an accredited investor. Meeting one of the accredited investor definitions (i.e., US$200K in income or US$300K joint income with spouse for the past two years, or US$1M net worth) 2. Meet Capital Call requirements. If you commit to $250k on a 5 year investment period, that means you have to write a check [...]

Reddy named IndustryWeek’s Manufacturing Leader of the Week

Serial entrepreneur and sewing-automation leader K.P. Reddy is IndustryWeek magazine’s Manufacturing Leader of the Week for June 6-12. Reddy, who earned his Georgia Tech civil engineering degree in 1994, is CEO of SoftWear Automation, a startup that is reinventing the sewing automation process using robots and machine vision. “If you look at [computer-controlled manufacturing] machines [...]

Five Keys to a Successful Industry 4.0 Transformation

In business, buzzwords are always in fresh supply. Every day, market experts come up with new and creative terms to describe new trends, products and services. People write books and articles about these trends and entrepreneurs scramble to create companies to exploit these new market conditions. The latest megatrend we have identified is Industry 4.0 [...]

Father’s Day Retrospect. What I learned from him…

My dad died suddenly when I was 15 years old. He was a bit of a trailblazer, the first of his friends to migrate to the US in the 1960's, landing at the University of Minnesota. I’m not sure how that process even worked—I can't imagine researching and applying was very simple. Then he moved [...]

7 Reasons why Family Offices are Investing in Startups

This week I was at a Family Office conference. It was a great group of family and multi-family offices. There was a great appetite for private investments and specifically early stage. 1. Active Investment- FO have historical been passive investors and allocated high-risk:high-return through classic venture funds. The trend has shifted away from investing in [...]

5 TAKEAWAYS FROM FIRESIDE CHAT AT GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Here are five takeaways from my recent fireside chat with Dana Barrett at General Assembly Atlanta: If you have a great idea and market but you aren't getting funded, look in the mirror. VCs get paid to write checks. All they're looking for is the right idea with the right risk tolerance. Technology is all about [...]

The Gap Funding Myth

In the world of startups, we continue to hear complaints about lack of funding. Most startups ignore the fact that the venture capital world is a marketplace. It's not quite as efficient as some markets, like the public market, because it’s driven by a manual effort to source, vet, and fund companies (the great promise [...]