Vinny Lingham, Co-founder and CEO, Civic.com, and Managing Partner of Newtown Partners, discusses his investment thesis in B-to-C seed ventures. We also discuss the role ICOs are playing in filling the gaps in certain seed-stage ventures.
Last week the FCC eliminated the restrictions imposed by the media cross-ownership ban. This feature fom The New York Times looks at the implications of this move. For this week’s posts click on the paragraph links. >>>
Jon Staenberg, Managing Partner at Staenberg Venture Partners, has been a Seed Investor in over 300 ventures over the last 30 years. Jon draws from his long background and discusses some of what interests him to invest in a startup. He also reflects on the question People or Market: Which takes priority?
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Sramana Mitra: As you have built this business, are you selling through the charities directly or are there channel partners? You brought up Ritz-Carlton. Ritz-Carlton holds a lot of charity events in its ballroom and so do many other luxury hotels on behalf of major charities.
Jim Alvarez: Most of our business is gained directly through the charity. We do have some channel partners and some live auctioneers throughout the nation. We talk about it internally all the time. The Hyatt Regency in Chicago does 200 auctions a year. We handle about 20 of them. We have not figured out a way to break into the venues to become a preferred vendor. It’s something on our list of things to do in 2018. We mainly have feet-on-the-street salespeople. >>>
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As the numbers of women who are VCs and Angel Investors continue to grow, the startup ecosystem continues to evolve. Will a female perspective be an asset to your startup? Might the influence and support of a strong woman lead your venture to success? Have a listen to the following 30-minute podcast interviews with a variety of Angels and venture capitalists to learn if your business might be of interest to them.
Ann Winblad, Co-founder, Hummer Winblad – Ann is one of the most successful women VCs in our industry, and as I mentioned in my introduction, I have never heard her whining about bias against women. One of the most encouraging things she discussed today is how her firm is sourcing interesting ventures from all over the world, not just Silicon Valley. Mulesoft, one of their hot portfolio companies, had its CEO based in Malta, originally!