Is Unicorn Hunting a Good Strategy? Views: 497

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - I just landed in Dubai from Helsinki, where I heard (and overheard) any number of pitches from startups attending the SLUSH event... Show All...

Hatcher+ is Investing in One New Startup Every Day Views: 3,952

Friday, October 5, 2018 - Last month, we invested in one new startup every day - a rate that now ranks us as the most active venture investor in the world (or at the very least, among the top three... Show All...

How Many Millionaires? Views: 1,759

Saturday, September 15, 2018 - Last night, I watched a video presented by Richard Wilson, CEO of the Family Office Club, that I thought did a very good job of covering many of the core, operational and deal flow management problems faced by family offices... Show All...

Quake Joins Our Hatcher+ Family with a Multi-Year Investment Partnership Views: 1,247

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - I met Glenn Argenbright just under a year ago, and it didn't take long for me to realize just how awesome the firm he and his partners were building really was... Show All...

The AI-Powered, Highly-Automated, Global-Diversified, Exchange-Tradable VC Views: 10,064

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - After a year and a half of positioning ourselves as "data driven venture investment", we've decided it's time to update the way we communicate the strategy behind Hatcher+... Show All...

Hatcher+ & thinQbate Announce Multi-Year Partnership To Invest In Early-Stage Startups Views: 121

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - Our first foray into India!I'm delighted to announce our latest partnership and our first foray into the Indian startup ecosystem... Show All...

Sente, Hatcher+ Form Partnership To Benefit International Startups Views: 2,272

Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - Another week, another great partnership! Excited to announce that we are officially partnered with Chicago-based Sente Foundry, a startup accelerator and innovation scouting platform... Show All...

LVenture and Hatcher+ Sign Co-Investment Partnership Views: 873

Friday, July 27, 2018 - LVenture Group, a holding company listed on the Italian stock exchange as a digital startup investor, has signed a co-investment partnership with Hatcher+, a unique, data-driven venture firm... Show All...

Hatcher+ and Innova Announce Multi- Year Partnership to Invest in Startups Views: 396

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - Innova Memphis, the most active startup investor in the Southern United States according to Crunchbase, and Hatcher+, a unique, data-driven venture firm, have announced a partnership to co-invest in startups accepted into the Memphis, Tenn... Show All...

Hatcher+ and Cofounders Capital Announce Multi-Year Partnership Views: 2,226

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - Cofounders Capital, an early-stage software venture fund in Cary, North Carolina, and Hatcher+, a unique, data-driven venture firm, have announced a partnership to co-invest in start-ups accepted into the Cofounders Capital Accelerator... Show All...

Machine Learning in Action - A Simple Example from Hatcher+ Views: 4,044

Monday, May 28, 2018 - At Hatcher+, we are using machine learning to help evaluate investment opportunities... Show All...

The Next Generation of Family Office Investors Has Arrived Views: 597

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - Today's family offices are investing in venture capital deals at an exponentially growing rate... Show All...

Venture Capital Simplified - The Rule of 5X Views: 12,799

Sunday, May 6, 2018 - For many people starting their first startup, venture capital is like some kind of "black box" that operates according to frustrating, sometimes complex rules that are designed for industry insiders, not first-time entrepreneurs... Show All...

The Four "Hows" - What Investors Need to Hear Views: 2,481

Saturday, March 31, 2018 - Investors that are active in VC have already made the decision to allocate capital to that area... Show All...

Hatcher+ and Blue Startups Announce Multi- Year Partnership To Invest In Startups Views: 757

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - Blue Startups, the Hawaii-based accelerator, and Hatcher+, a unique, data-driven venture firm have announced a partnership to co-invest in startups accepted into the nationally ranked Blue Startups Accelerator Program... Show All...

How to Create a Killer Demo Day Views: 1,977

Sunday, March 11, 2018 - The process of selecting startups gets a lot of focus when talking about accelerators - and deservedly so... Show All...

Is Your VC Intelligent? Views: 3,112

Saturday, February 17, 2018 - If you're a venture capitalist reading this headline, please take a moment and check your gut reaction to the question being posed here... Show All...

Hatcher H2: The World's First Exchange-Tradable, Early-Stage VC Fund Views: 2,062

Saturday, January 27, 2018 - Two days from now, the world's first early-stage, globally-focused, exchange-tradable VC fund will be open for business - I'm talking of course about our very own Hatcher+ H2 fund, which will list on the Euronext (Amsterdam) and Wiener Bourse exchang... Show All...

Right Now is THE Best Time Ever to be a Startup Views: 1,682

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - Yesterday, we put out an announcement about a data-sharing partnership we're building with Funderbeam, an emerging blockchain-powered exchange, that we expect will result in a new way for startups to find funding... Show All...

Buying Ethereum - The Five Minute Guide Views: 2,674

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 - Six months ago, when Bitcoin was trading at US$2,150 or thereabouts, I was attending a conference in Seoul when an economist/fund manager named Mark Yusko made a bullish statement in an otherwise bearish sea of predictions around global asset valu... Show All...

Stop Sweating the BIG Stuff Views: 3,100

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - One question I get asked a lot on investor panels these days is "what makes a great CEO?"  To me, the answer is simple: the best CEOs make sure that investors are never, ever surprised - by the Big Stuff... Show All...

4 Ways Accelerators are Evolving Views: 1,670

Sunday, November 5, 2017 - Over the past 12 months, I have been lucky enough to meet a wide variety of accelerators and early stage investors around the world as we build out our Hatcher+ co-investment network... Show All...

The Top 10 Target Countries for Early Stage Investment Views: 1,569

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - When we do research into venture investing at Hatcher+, we slice and dice our early stage investment data in many different ways... Show All...

Reinventing Venture Capital Views: 2,185

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - Venture capitalists are experts when it comes to scaling... Show All...

The New Rules of Fundraising Views: 3,755

Saturday, September 23, 2017 - This week at SLUSH Singapore, I gave a presentation on the New Rules of Fundraising - how entrepreneurs can prepare for the new, data-driven startup ecosystem powered by AI-based engines such as HAL (YCombinator) and DART (Hatcher) ... Show All...

Singapore Has Over 100 VC Firms - and USD500Mn in Dry Powder Views: 4,901

Saturday, September 2, 2017 - Hatcher+ has done a lot of analysis on startup ecosystems in various places around the world during the past two years... Show All...

Killer Robots Are Already Here Views: 1,197

Monday, August 21, 2017 - This week, Elon Musk and the heads of a number of technology companies warned against the development and deployment of ''killer robots''... Show All...

The Economics of Hope and Dreams Views: 1,131

Saturday, August 12, 2017 - I listened to a BBC Radio interview today with Mary Williams, the adopted daughter of Jane Fonda, and there was one part of the interview that I just found riveting, because I'm not sure that I've ever heard "the absence of hope" so clearly articulat... Show All...

How Medieval Accountants and AI Created the Jobless Future Views: 3,545

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - There is a rising realization in the world that we are currently just treading water with respect to the creation of new jobs, and that AI and robots are eventually going to take our jobs - as in pretty-much *all* of our jobs... Show All...

Achieving Gender-Parity in Tech Views: 2,168

Sunday, July 2, 2017 - I just finished reading comments related to the news on the 500 blog that Dave McClure is stepping down as CEO at 500 Startups... Show All...

How To Get Startups to Report KPIs Views: 3,766

Friday, June 9, 2017 - Let me skip the preamble and just come out and say it: most startups suck at reporting... Show All...

Optimizing Returns for Venture Investors Views: 2,790

Saturday, September 17, 2016 - On the heels of the most recent posts from John Sharp, one of my partners at Hatcher, I got to thinking it is high time I wrote my first post... Show All...

AI and Machine Learning: The Poincare Five Step Process Views: 9,357

Saturday, April 1, 2017 - In 1908, Henri Poincare, the famous French mathematician, and pioneer of what we now call machine learning, wrote down what would later become the four stages of the "Gestalt" model of learning and psychology: Saturation, Incubation, Inspiration, an... Show All...

Risk & Return in Venture Investing – Disrupting the Balance Views: 1,827

Saturday, September 17, 2016 - On the heels of the most recent posts from John Sharp, one of my partners at Hatcher, I got to thinking it is high time I wrote my first post... Show All...

Venture Investing and the 80/20 Rule Views: 1,711

Friday, September 9, 2016 - Almost a year ago, my Hatcher partners and I went looking for data that would give us an indication of our progress vis a vis the rest of our colleagues in venture capital... Show All...

How to Get the Most out of Hatcher Views: 690

Friday, June 9, 2017 - The first thing you need to know about Hatcher is that Hatcher combines a workflow solution for investors with a data analysis platform, to provide a complete, next-generation investment platform for venture... Show All...

The Upside of Being Positive Views: 4,885

Thursday, February 18, 2016 - One of the hardest things about being a startup founder is staying positive in the face of constant, and often intellectually exhausting criticism... Show All...

How to Make People Happy and Make Money - One Family’s Story Views: 1,595

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - The linked page below gives a summary of some pivotal moments in the amazing business success of India's Maroo family... Show All...

9 KPIs for Venture Guys Views: 1,588

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - There's a lot of opinions available regarding the best choice of KPIs for startups - but what about the investors behind the startups?  What are the KPIs that venture guys should be aware of?  Here's nine suggestions from Hatcher:1... Show All...

The Rise of “Cut and Paste” Data Management Platforms Views: 2,392

Monday, January 11, 2016 - The problem involving whether to build or buy a cloud-based data platform to serve your workspace’s growing needs involves come complex issues... Show All...

New Zealand: Angel Investment Activity Views: 4,313

Monday, November 2, 2015 - I represented Hatcher at the Asian Business Angels Forum in Queenstown, New Zealand, on 15-16 October 2015... Show All...

100,000 PCs The World Will Never See Views: 5,629

Friday, October 16, 2015 - 100,000 - that's how many PC's the new advertising campaign from Microsoft and Intel could have put into startups or schools this week, by using their $70,000,000 ad campaign more smartly... Show All...

The Philippines - An Emerging Fintech Powerhouse? Views: 8,180

Sunday, September 13, 2015 - I just got back from three days in Manila - first time I've been in several years... Show All...

The Most Unrewarding, Misunderstood, Underrated Job on the Planet Views: 20,982

Monday, June 15, 2015 - If there existed an award category for "most unrewarding, misunderstood, underrated job on the planet", the strongest contender for that title would, in my opinion, be "Head of Sales... Show All...

Why This CEO Learned How To Code - And Why You Should Too Views: 2,689

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - People are generally impressed when they find out I've recently put six long years into learning about database design, programming, and UI design... Show All...

Georgia (Republic Of) On My Mind Views: 3,530

Saturday, February 28, 2015 - In November, Harveen and I got the chance to visit Tehran and discovered a population almost the size of Germany and an emerging market that is about to become a "must go" destination (see "Reading Term Sheets in Tehran") - so last week, when I was i... Show All...

Why Hatcher Loves Emerging Markets Views: 3,897

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - Last week, I visited our new partners in the beating heart of South America - Sao Paulo and Rio... Show All...

Using Planetary Motion to Spot Bad Startups Views: 4,589

Friday, November 7, 2014 - Non-performing startups are not always easy to spot... Show All...

Start-Ups Led by Fifty Year Olds Do Better Views: 3,077

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - If you're an older CEO running a startup, chances are you're running a Hatcher startup... Show All...

Telr Closes Over-Subscribed Series A Views: 2,159

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - Telr, the merchant payment platform we created last October, and merged with Dubai-based Innovate Payments in June this year, has just completed an over-subscribed Series A fund-raising, led by Hatcher and iMENA, based in Amman, Jordan... Show All...

Why Hatcher Loves the Next Generation of Financial Services Views: 4,350

Monday, October 6, 2014 - Charles Moldow posted a thoughtful article yesterday on TechCrunch entitled "How A Trillion-Dollar Market Remains Hidden In Plain Sight", arguing that there is a massive opportunity in financing non-bank financial services... Show All...

Hatcher is "Go" for Launch! Views: 4,160

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - Yes - after almost a year of "self-incubation", Hatcher... Show All...

Reading Term Sheets in Teheran Views: 3,017

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - First, a disclaimer... Show All...

Why China Kicks Ass Views: 2,706

Monday, August 18, 2014 - I had a meeting yesterday with the CEO of an entrepreneurial hardware venture that is looking for funding from us... Show All...

The Three Reasons Investors Invest Views: 2,037

Friday, August 8, 2014 - Pitching a new business proposition to an investor isn't rocket science - in fact, the most effective pitches involve, of all things, empathy... Show All...

Series A Zombies Views: 2,527

Thursday, November 7, 2013 - Every day, I meet entrepreneurs who are struggling to raise their first real round of funding... Show All...

Every Business Model That Has Ever Existed Views: 9,009

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - One of the most vexing problems for startups is figuring out what revenue model to apply... Show All...

The Next Wave of Investment in Startups Views: 2,997

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - Money hates being idle... Show All...

Convertible Notes Explained Views: 5,053

Thursday, July 18, 2013 - There's a lot of blog posts out there about why startups shouldn't use convertible notes to raise capital... Show All...

Founders: Get Your Fair Share of Equity Views: 2,653

Thursday, July 11, 2013 - The truth is rarely told but known by everyone: not every founder of a start-up does an equal amount of work... Show All...

The Hatcher Worldview Views: 2,985

Sunday, June 30, 2013 - The idea behind Hatcher is, simply put, the application of the emerging crowd-funding model to investors that are sophisticated and experienced, and entrepreneurs that are executing on their vision for market leadership... Show All...

Review: Business Model Generation Views: 3,249

Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - While browsing in an airport bookstore, I recently came across a copy of Business Model Generation - a Wiley publication written by Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur... Show All...

The 20:20:20 Rule of a Successful VC Meeting Views: 3,201

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - So you're about to go meet with a VC... Show All...

The Best Investor Deck Ever Views: 24,709

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - The founder of a company I'm an adviser to recently asked me for tips on creating a PowerPoint presentation for his upcoming investor roadshow... Show All...

Where The Money Is Views: 3,056

Saturday, June 26, 2010 - One of my partner investors in Heardable sent me along a link to a deck the other day from the Jordan Edmiston Group, Inc... Show All...

Show Me The Demo Views: 3,205

Friday, June 25, 2010 - I just had a meeting with a buddy and he got mad at me because he felt that he'd crossed a threshold in terms of what his technology could achieve and, for whatever reason, I wasn't buying it (enough)... Show All...

30 Tips for Writing a Business Plan and Raising Capital Views: 3,938

Friday, June 18, 2010 - Over the past twenty years, the folks behind this site have helped a number of entrepreneurs and startup companies raise tens of millions of dollars from venture investors... Show All...

Entrepreneurs - A Little Accounting Knowledge Can Make a *Big* Difference Views: 3,354

Tuesday, March 16, 2010 - A number of years back, I was approached by a company in that needed some help finding a strategic partner... Show All...

How to Write an Executive Summary Views: 4,272

Saturday, March 13, 2010 - A couple of days ago, I posted a blog entitled 5 Easy Steps to a Great Business Plan and some of you were kind enough to email me with some kind words about it... Show All...

5 Easy Steps to a Great Business Plan Views: 3,038

Thursday, March 11, 2010 - Writing a great business plan (and I've authored and co-authored dozens of plans) is not that hard... Show All...

The Five People You Meet in a (Successful) Startup Views: 5,960

Sunday, March 7, 2010 - The Visionary Essential to any new company's success, but may appear mad/dormant/useless to staff members other than the Wise Man, and especially to the Willing Slaves... Show All...

Why Startups Start Up Views: 2,316

Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - As exciting as it can be to watch the growth of a single-cell idea into a company, sometimes the cells don't divide fast enough for the organism to survive... Show All...

10 Things You Need Before Pitching an Investor Views: 2,493

Monday, September 7, 2009 - This list is designed to work as a process flow chart - if you are missing any of these items, you shouldn't, in my opinion, proceed to the next one - unless you're a proven serial entrepreneur, in which case you can reduce this list to th... Show All...

The Three Essential Functions of the Board Views: 5,127

Wednesday, July 1, 2009 - I just re-read Peter Drucker's "Three Functions of the Board"... Show All...

Raising Capital Takes Time Views: 2,150

Sunday, April 12, 2009 - I met with a friend the other day who is looking for capital for his new startup... Show All...

Tips On Closing Your VC Deal Views: 2,610

Monday, December 15, 2008 - I was giving a phone recommendation for an investment banking friend yesterday and while talking about the work we've done together, the interviewer touched on a VC investment that we closed fourteen years ago... Show All...

Funding 101: What is Due Diligence? Views: 2,384

Tuesday, October 7, 2008 - The first time I heard the term "due diligence", as a budding entrepreneur, I had absolutely no idea what it meant... Show All...

David Rose: 10 Ways to Improve Your VC Pitch Views: 2,448

Sunday, September 28, 2008 - David Rose, a serial entrepreneur-turned-VC partner who speaks faster than just about any man on the planet, has a terrific video up at Ted... Show All...

Two Essential Elements of a Great Pitch Views: 2,199

Friday, September 19, 2008 - Despite thousands of web pages listing advice on pitching to VCs, many world-be entrepreneurs (and some advice-givers) still fail to include two very important elements in their pitches: 1... Show All...

The CEO Rule: Customers, Employees, Owners Views: 3,512

Friday, September 19, 2008 - Many years ago, after the closing of the first round of financing for my first venture-backed company, the investors and founders went out for dinner in a very nice restaurant to celebrate... Show All...

The Importance of Slide One Views: 2,672

Sunday, September 14, 2008 - We were about an hour into a board meeting the other day when the management team laid an extremely impressive year over year growth figure on the table for the first two quarters of 2008... Show All...

Is Unicorn Hunting a Good Strategy?
Hatcher+ is Investing in One New Startup Every Day
How Many Millionaires?
Quake Joins Our Hatcher+ Family with a Multi-Year Investment Partnership
The AI-Powered, Highly-Automated, Global-Diversified, Exchange-Tradable VC
Hatcher+ & thinQbate Announce Multi-Year Partnership To Invest In Early-Stage Startups
Sente, Hatcher+ Form Partnership To Benefit International Startups
LVenture and Hatcher+ Sign Co-Investment Partnership
Hatcher+ and Innova Announce Multi- Year Partnership to Invest in Startups
Hatcher+ and Cofounders Capital Announce Multi-Year Partnership
Machine Learning in Action - A Simple Example from Hatcher+
The Next Generation of Family Office Investors Has Arrived
Venture Capital Simplified - The Rule of 5X
The Four "Hows" - What Investors Need to Hear
Hatcher+ and Blue Startups Announce Multi- Year Partnership To Invest In Startups
How to Create a Killer Demo Day
Is Your VC Intelligent?
Hatcher H2: The World's First Exchange-Tradable, Early-Stage VC Fund
Right Now is THE Best Time Ever to be a Startup
Buying Ethereum - The Five Minute Guide
Stop Sweating the BIG Stuff
4 Ways Accelerators are Evolving
The Top 10 Target Countries for Early Stage Investment
Reinventing Venture Capital
The New Rules of Fundraising
Singapore Has Over 100 VC Firms - and USD500Mn in Dry Powder
Killer Robots Are Already Here
The Economics of Hope and Dreams
How Medieval Accountants and AI Created the Jobless Future
Achieving Gender-Parity in Tech
How To Get Startups to Report KPIs
Optimizing Returns for Venture Investors
AI and Machine Learning: The Poincare Five Step Process
Risk & Return in Venture Investing – Disrupting the Balance
Venture Investing and the 80/20 Rule
How to Get the Most out of Hatcher
The Upside of Being Positive
How to Make People Happy and Make Money - One Family’s Story
9 KPIs for Venture Guys
The Rise of “Cut and Paste” Data Management Platforms
New Zealand: Angel Investment Activity
100,000 PCs The World Will Never See
The Philippines - An Emerging Fintech Powerhouse?
The Most Unrewarding, Misunderstood, Underrated Job on the Planet
Why This CEO Learned How To Code - And Why You Should Too
Georgia (Republic Of) On My Mind
Why Hatcher Loves Emerging Markets
Using Planetary Motion to Spot Bad Startups
Start-Ups Led by Fifty Year Olds Do Better
Telr Closes Over-Subscribed Series A
Why Hatcher Loves the Next Generation of Financial Services
Hatcher is "Go" for Launch!
Reading Term Sheets in Teheran
Why China Kicks Ass
The Three Reasons Investors Invest
Series A Zombies
Every Business Model That Has Ever Existed
The Next Wave of Investment in Startups
Convertible Notes Explained
Founders: Get Your Fair Share of Equity
The Hatcher Worldview
Review: Business Model Generation
The 20:20:20 Rule of a Successful VC Meeting
The Best Investor Deck Ever
Where The Money Is
Show Me The Demo
30 Tips for Writing a Business Plan and Raising Capital
Entrepreneurs - A Little Accounting Knowledge Can Make a *Big* Difference
How to Write an Executive Summary
5 Easy Steps to a Great Business Plan
The Five People You Meet in a (Successful) Startup
Why Startups Start Up
10 Things You Need Before Pitching an Investor
The Three Essential Functions of the Board
Raising Capital Takes Time
Tips On Closing Your VC Deal
Funding 101: What is Due Diligence?
David Rose: 10 Ways to Improve Your VC Pitch
Two Essential Elements of a Great Pitch
The CEO Rule: Customers, Employees, Owners
The Importance of Slide One
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