Archives / January, 2011

The Quora For X

Suddenly the VC/entrepreneur meme for Q1-2011 is “The Quora for X.” Here are two examples from the past few days: Google Ventures Leads $600K Investment In LawPivot, A Quora For Startup Legal Advice Hipster Is Quora Plus Location – Or Q&A For Where You Are Lest you think this is a TechCrunch phenomenon, I’ve received…

Who’s LOLing Now?

Today we announced that Foundry Group took a bite out of Cheezburger as we led a $30m financing of the company that started out by bringing you cute cate pictures. Ever since I met Ben Huh 18 months ago via an introduction from Micah Baldwin (see Micah – I do take you seriously – some…

Entrepreneurs Unplugged With Pete Sheinbaum on 1/24/10

It’s time for Silicon Flatirons Entrepreneurs Unplugged to start up again. In case you don’t know what this is, I moderate a monthly interview series each semester with Brad Bernthal. We co-interview successful entrepreneurs – most of them local (Boulder / Denver). These interviews are done Charlie Rose style (one can dream) and generally last…

Book: The Startup Game

After writing Do More Faster with David Cohen, I have deep appreciation for the effort involved in writing a book. After reading a bunch of entrepreneurship books, I’ve decided there are three categories: (a) autobiographies, (b) consultant roadmaps, and (c) practitioner stories. I like the practitioner stories best, followed closely by autobiographies. I do not…

Snow in Seattle

I spent the day in Seattle yesterday, starting off with an awesome early morning run along the ocean near downtown and ending the day walking back with some folks from a bar at UW in a freak Seattle snowstorm. I spent time with four different companies yesterday – two that I’m an investor in (BigDoor…

Avalon Ventures Raises A New $200 Million Fund And Gets A New Website

Congrats to my friends at Avalon Ventures on raising their new $200 million fund.  I’ve been friends with and co-invested with Rich Levandov, one of Avalon’s partners, since the mid-1990’s, most recently in Standing Cloud, Zynga, and NewsGator.  I’ve gotten to know several of Rich’s partners over the past few years and recently had a…

Implied Suspicion Versus Implied Trust

I just had an exchange with an entrepreneur that I don’t know.  It went something like the following via several emails over the course of a week. Entrepreneur: I’m working on something really amazing that I’m looking for funding for.  Can we get together to discuss? Me: Can you send me a short email overview…

24 Hours In Las Vegas With My Dad

Last night during my two mile post dinner walk from the Hard Rock (where I had an awesome dinner at Nobu) to the Venetian (where I subsequently had a very short night of sleep), my mind wandered around about the great time I had with my dad at CES. My dad and I have developed…

Orbotix Sphero at CES

Today’s fun “company at CES that Foundry Group has invested in” is Orbotix.  They’ll be in their booth #4419 in the North Hall iLounge.  Orbotix makes Sphero, the world’s first robotic ball controlled by a smartphone. Here’s Sphero in action.  

Sifteo’s Revolutionary Tabletop Games

Several of the companies we’ve invested in are launching products at CES this year.  The first one up is Sifteo.  Today, Sifteo launched and you can preorder Siftables as part of their early access program. You may be familiar with them from a well known TED Talk that co-founder David Merrill did in 2009. Or maybe the…