Yearly Archives: 2013

Fred Destin

France invents “Slow Innovation”: deconstructing Montebourg at #leweb



Minister Montebourg (to his credit) took a chance at LeWeb to talk about innovation and the French policy towards innovation, together with Loic Le Meur, Fabrice Grinda and Jeff Clavier. Montebourg is trying to convey a core message:  France is …


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Fred Destin

CAD Venture Chef : The Recipe for a $5M Series A with Lagoa



Since this is festive season I thought I would share with you the recipe of a successful series A fundraising and tell you the story of Lagoa: Start with a devilishly smart entrepreneur who’s able to code a multi-physics engine …


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Fred Destin

Snapchat and that old no revenues debate



Like many others in the field I was left scratching my head about Snapchat recently.  Not because of the reported $4 billion offer but because of the explosion of age-old arguments about how scandalous it is for a company with …


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Fred Destin

A (reconstituted) interview with Marc Andreessen



 Thanks to a slightly unfortunate messaging glitch (which of you entrepreneurs would like his labor of love to be compared to “fruit fly experiments” in the Wall Street Journal), pmarca a.k.a Marc Andreessen has been drawn into in-depth conversation on HackerNews.   …


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Fred Destin

The Glorious Post Seed Startup Financing Chaos



The other day I got a call from Scott Kirstner at the Boston Globe answering: “what happens to all these incubators entrepreneurs after Demo Day”.   The short answer: chaos.  Full of opportunity, but chaos nonetheless.  Cue fractals on this …


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Fred Destin

High Risk + Founders First + Boston: The Atlas Venture way



I am re-publishing an interview with Tom Lytton-Dickie in which we discussed Atlas’ focus on people, our high risk strategy and the benefits of existing within a single location.  Excellent write-up, I did not touch it. Putting people first In response to …


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Viva La Revolucion! AngelList goes into Hyperdrive



Viva La Revolucion !  As of this Monday, almost 2,000 of the 28,000 odd thousand startups currently present on Angellist will be able to start fundraising publicly.  At the same time, Angellist just announced (via a Dan Primack exclusive) a …


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Fred Destin

Dave McClure on growth hacking your way through the Series A crunch



Dave McClure’s new talk at Startup Festival in Montreal (#startupfest) slaps entrepreneurs across the face with the dire need for doing more marketing early to survive the funding drought … a.k.a. growth hack your way through the Series A crunch. …


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Fred Destin

There are no shortcuts to intelligent Founder – CEO transitions



 Founder transition is one of those tense topics that holds limited upside for the writer, especially when said individual is a venture capitalist. However it’s also very often one of the defining moments in a startup’s life; a moment that, …


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Fred Destin

Backing CustomMade, the marketplace for one-of-a-kind goods



 The first investment out of our new fund IX will bring me back to some well trodden stomping ground, and specifically the world of marketplaces, as Atlas Venture leads the new round of financing for CustomMade. CustomMade is a marketplace …


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