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My idle thoughts on tech startups

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The folks over at Spark Capital announced a new seed investing program earlier today called Start@Spark.  Members of the Spark team and various others have already started talking about the program, which will make seed investments of up to $250K in […]

Lee Hower
March 25, 2009 · 2  min.

Y Combinator recently announced that they were taking $2M in investment from Sequoia Capital and several prominant angel investors in order to expand the scale of their pre-seed investment program.  Time will tell how well this relationship works for both […]

Lee Hower
March 20, 2009 · 4  min.

For those who haven’t seen it, Reid Hoffman wrote a very thoughtful piece which appeared in the Washington Post today.  The thrust of the column was that entrepreneurs, through the creation of new ventures not simply researching new technologies, can […]

Lee Hower
March 3, 2009 · 3  min.

Being a successful early-stage VC requires striking a balance between optimism and critical evaluation of very raw companies.  It sounds like a simple notion… I know. But this ability comes naturally to extraordinarily few people, and even if you work […]

Lee Hower
February 19, 2009 · 2  min.

An interesting conversation has been going on for the better part of a week at PEHub on ways in which the venture capital business might be radically reinvented.  [NOTE: PEHub typically archives stuff behind a paywall but at least for now […]

Lee Hower
January 30, 2009 · 4  min.

This is a post I wrote for our PJC firm blog, but represents my own personal point of view about 2009 as well. For many of you it will come as no big surprise that 2008 saw some of the […]

Lee Hower
January 7, 2009 · 3  min.

Rob Go (Spark Capital) has done a three part series reflecting on temptations of young VCs.   Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Definitely worth a read for all of us young VCs out there (i.e. pretty much anybody who’s […]

Lee Hower
January 7, 2009 · 1  min.

It’s interesting observing the current fundraising climate for startups, both as a VC myself and just as a general market observer familiar with the goings on of other firms and startup.  For the record, I am very much actively looking […]

Lee Hower
November 14, 2008 · 3  min.

I’ve heard several very good pitches within the last several weeks, which prompted me to think about the differences between pitching companies at various stages of development.  The bulk of my personal experience, both in pitching and being pitched, comes […]

Lee Hower
October 29, 2008 · 3  min.

In my day job as a VC, I have the privilege of constantly interacting with founding entrepreneurs.  And before this I worked in two startups myself, including one as part of the founding group. Throughout my experiences, I’ve come to […]

Lee Hower
October 16, 2008 · 2  min.