Hunter Walk

Funding exciting startups via @Homebrew


Writing When You Might Be Wrong


I get asked for blogging tips a lot by other investors or entrepreneurs, most of whom aren’t writing consistently and imagine they should be. “Time” is usually the blocker that everyone identifies but when you press on what exactly that means, it’s less about nothing having a spare 30 minutes and more so about the ridiculously long time it takes them to write…


Your Total Addressable Market Stat Is Probably a Lie


If your pitch includes “And if you think of all the people who currently have a pet, that’s $80 GAZILLION DOLLARS of TAM,” you don’t…


Referral Programs Power the On-Demand Economy (so why don’t we discuss them more?)


Every on-demand app I know generates substantial volume from their referral program (let’s lump word-of-mouth into this as well since it often involves sharing a referral code). You know the “sign up a friend, they get $x off their first use and you get $x too.” I can tell you that Shyp’s referral…


A Good Marketplace Looks Like a SaaS Business

Board Meetings are great ways to finish the week. Wait, let me revise that. Board Meetings are a great way to finish the week when the founders are describing a provocative discussion of the future. I had such a Board Meeting yesterday with UpCounsel, an enterprise marketplace connecting businesses (usually between 10–1000 employees) to high…


Five Questions with: Douglas McGray, Editor-in-Chief of California Sunday Magazine

So I’ve been doing these “Five Questions” interviews recently and, personally, I’ve enjoyed


Five Questions with: Zach Sims, Codecademy CEO/Cofounder


I honestly don’t recall how Zach and I met but it was likely via a mutual NYC tech friend or his snappy Twitter stream. Either


What’s a Seed Fund to Do When a Seed Round is $20 Million?


There’s a funding phenomena I’m wrestling with these days — the Straight to A. As VC Matt Turck notes, there’s been an…


B2C becomes B2B every time someone walks into an office with their smartphone in their pocket. It’s been amazing over the last 18 months to see Shyp make organic inroads into small businesses, retailers, marketing departments, etc not because they’ve targeted these customers or because the product has evolved specifically in their direction (more work to be done!) but because individuals in San Francisco, NYC, Miami…


Homebrew Funding Announcement: Honor, Helping Seniors “Age in Place”

When we created Homebrew in Q1 2013 we did it with people like Honor CEO Seth Sternberg in mind. I’d met Seth…


Homebrew Funding Announcement: Primary -> Brilliant Kids Clothes/Basics Under $25


It’s always a blast to help founders celebrate their startups. Today we couldn’t be more thrilled…


Midas List 2020: Forerunner’s Eurie Kim (and Why Company Names Matter to Her)

Forerunner Ventures is one of Homebrew’s favorite co-investors for consumer commerce/retail startups