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Don’t Mess Up Tumblr: Five Lessons Learned From YouTube


When Google purchased YouTube there was lots of skepticism and outright derision. Today analysts estimate its enterprise value is approaching $20 billion. So I guess it all worked out, eh? Being one of the first Googlers to join YouTube after the acquisition taught me a lot about what works, and doesn’t work, when you bring a fast…


Hiring Momentum

An Underrated Component of Startup Success


There’s an old adage about if you want to see what matters, just follow the money. But with startups, capital is a lagging indicator of success. If you want to really figure out the future, you follow the talent. Where do the smartest people want to work? What problems are interesting them? What companies are…


#vintage


Do Engineers Get “Art” — A SF Studio Owner Says Yes

As a venture capitalist, I drink a lot of coffee. Cafes host many of my meetings, quick email sessions in-between meetings and, when…


Things We Believe to Be True About Venture Capital (& Homebrew II Raised)


High five! Now back to work. That was the sequence of events at HQ when we closed Homebrew Fund II earlier today.

Two years ago we spent 100 days raising Homebrew I, a $35 million seed fund. Since that time, we’ve partnered with 17 teams solving large, urgent and valuable problems in support…


I Hope Product Hunt is Building “IMDB for Products”

Product Hunt has the best shot of building something I’ve wanted for a long time: an IMDB for Products. In the arts and other…


Silicon Valley Is Still Best Place to Build a Startup But…

I’m an unabashedly pro-Silicon Valley homer. 12 of Homebrew’s first 17 investments are based here (four in NYC and one in…


What a New VC’s Goals Look Like: Homebrew’s First Two Years

“The days are long but the years are short.” I was told this several times about becoming a parent but the same can be true…


Startup Investing: The 10x Angel vs The 0x Angel.

10x, as in “10x Engineer,” is a well-trod expression used to suggest there are classes of people who are so much better than average…


Blue Collar Tech Jobs Deserve White Collar Respect

More service-industry businesses are coming to realize that treating non-management workers with dignity and respect is going to win…


Productivity Tip #1: Don’t Read Anything Now, Including This


Time. We generally undervalue it, incorrectly estimate how we spend it and constantly wonder where it went. While avoiding…