Entrepreneurs: What to Do if You Don’t Have an Idea

This post was originally published in OnStartups. I hope to be doing further guest posting on that site, which is one of my favorites. Thanks to Dharmesh Shah for his edits.

Don’t have an idea yet for a startup?

Then get off your butt and go work for someone else’s cool startup!  And the first place I would want to work would be a company that has momentum, powerful friends, and has been thoroughly vetted by pros.

How can … Read More

“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

Four Weddings and a Funeral for an Angel Investor

Well, March has come in like a lion. Not only did we get 26” of snow two weeks ago in Burlington, but also I’ve been experiencing a blizzard of activity with my angel investments—4 good events, and 1 bad. Which is a great ratio, but then again, these are only midterms, and most final grades aren’t in.

So, what’s to celebrate? The best news came first: an exit on one of my investments.  The good news was accompanied by the … Read More

The Future of Seed Capital

I’ve seen the future of Seed Capital…and it’s Project 11.

I spent an afternoon last week at DogPatch Labs in Cambridge, an incubator backed by Polaris Ventures. Like many incubators, there are a lot of promising startups there, like MassChallenge finalists Neuroscouting and Energesis Pharmaceuticals; TechStars Boston alumni like Social Sci, Localytics, etc.  But the most interesting people I talked with are the people behind Project 11, a seed capital fund run by Katie Read More