Category Venture Industry

Venture Shift is Wednesday – I have a few free tickets available…

We have a few free tickets for the big event on Wednesday. We have an all star line up of speakers and should have a packed house. Email me if you would like to get one of our last tickets. Agenda is here: Here is a quick photo from last year’s event

No, I really DON’T want to see your demo (part 2)…

It’s been slightly over a year since I wrote the following post about not wanting to see product demos and I am somewhat amazed how controversial it was. But with a year of extra data I have a few new insights: (1) Some people are personally offended that I don’t want to see their product […]

Early Registration for Venture Shift 2013 – July 17 at Cafe du Nord in San Francisco

Venture Shift 2013 Wednesday, July 17th 3:30 PM – 10:30 PM (PST) Cafe du Nord, San Francisco  Venture Shift, hosted by Vator and Bullpen Capital, has become one of the most anticipated events focused on the changing venture capital landscape. Last year, Shift focused on the JOBS Act and how it would affect fundraising. In […]

VC Outlook 2013

At our recent LP meeting we presented our view of where the venture capital markets were today, and where we thought they were going. A year ago, most funds had ebullient outlooks, as we were amidst the Social Mobile Local bubble.  Zynga and Groupon had gone public, and Facebook was anticipated to set the stage […]

Tech Crunch gives Bullpen some credit for predicting series A crunch…

It’s nice to get credit for spotting a trend before it happens. That said, this was not really a tough one to predict. With the massive growth of the super angel (seed) funds and flat lining of the series A funds, a crunch was inevitable. I can’t say that me or my co-founders knew WHEN […]

Series A Cliff

All this chatter of a Series A Crunch makes light of a widening gap that looks more like the jaws of death for many seed funded startups, as the gap between Seed and A is becoming a yawning cliff. As part of our VC Outlook for 2013, we incorporated the latest info from CBInsight, as […]

Surviving the Series A Crunch

The Wall Street Journal recently reported that funding of consumer web companies is down 42% in the first nine months of 2012 (as compared to the same period in 2011).  This is not due to a shortage of seed rounds, but rather a shortage of adequate follow-on financing.  Fred Wilson attributes this shift to three […]