Staying Alive

Your first job as an early stage startup founder is to get your first customer. Your second job is to stay alive so you can get the next one. Your first job as an early stage startup founder is to get your first customer. Your second job is… Click To Tweet Blowing Money Fast So […]

Call Your Customers

The most important tool to finding product-market fit is in your hand right now and a lot of founders are too scared to use it. Pick up the phone and call your customers. It seems obvious, but every single time I suggest it to founders, they act like I just told them to remove their own […]

Slush 2017: Demographics Have Shifted – How About Your Investments?

Moderator: Terri Hanson Meade — Managing Director, Class Bravo Ventures Panelists: Albert Wenger — Managing Director, Union Square Ventures Monique Woodard — Venture Partner, 500 Startups Demographics and demand are shifting but are investors adjusting to the shift? Terri Mead, Founder and Managing Director at Class Bravo Ventures, Monique Woodard, Venture Partner at 500 Startups, […]

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Slush 2017: Demographics Have Shifted – How About Your Investments?

Moderator: Terri Hanson Meade — Managing Director, Class Bravo Ventures Panelists: Albert Wenger — Managing Director, Union Square Ventures Monique Woodard — Venture Partner, 500 Startups Demographics and demand are shifting but are investors adjusting to the shift? Terri Mead, Founder and Managing Director at Class Bravo Ventures, Monique Woodard, Venture Partner at 500 Startups, […]

Demographic Change Drives Tomorrow's Startups

Demographic Change Drives Tomorrow’s Startups

  Demographic Change Drives Tomorrow’s Startups (Slideshare)   I did a talk at LAUNCH Scale about emerging demographic categories and how startups can best position themselves to understand and build products that serve these emerging consumer groups. Here are the slides and some speaker notes. Demographic Change For many years, there were massive changes in […]

Amore Vintage Tokyo

Vintage Shopping in Tokyo

Tokyo is in my top three of world’s best cities for vintage shopping. So after spending a week in Japan for 500’s Kobe Pre-Accelerator, I took the bullet train to Tokyo for a few days of intense vintage shopping.  Tokyo is great for a few things. 90s era streetwear (think old school Polo sweatshirts and […]

The Unsolicited Advice I Gave to an Aspiring VC

The Unsolicited Advice I Gave to an Aspiring VC

If you ever ask me for advice, I’ll probably give you 75% the advice you requested and 25% an opinion that you didn’t really ask me for. That unsolicited advice is the vig for the advice you actually came for.  Several months ago, someone I’ve known for years asked me for some advice.   They were […]