“It’s X for Y”

“It’s X for Y”

Every angel has heard a pitch like the above. I recently saw a pitch on “LinkedIn for Pets”. Huh???  This means of comparison has become so cliché, and so laughable, that there’s a random startup generator to do this—click here and refresh a few times, you’ll see what I mean. (Thanks to Alex at Biff Labs, one of the many cool DogPatchLabs Cambridgecompanies, for the link.)

But it’s with good reason—people tend to, … Read More

Why I Passed on Investing in (a real but unnamed) Hot Startup

Yesterday I video-skyped with the CEO of an intriguing Startup.  They were recommended to me by one of their investors on AngelList.  They had going for them a) a big addressable market; b) an area which clearly will break out, but with no clear leader; c) two vocal and well-known angel backers, both of who screen more potential deals than anyone else I know, but both only investing in maybe 10 a year; d) other influential investors; e) an … Read More

Cool Networking Map from LinkedIn

You can now play around in LinkedIn to see it create your business network map. Here’s mine:

You can get them through the LinkedIn Labs Network function. I just love network maps. Though you can’t see the actual dots and connections on this, I can see who’s connected to whom on my copy. If you care, here’s more on the mapping function: herehere, and here.… Read More