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…


The Problem with Virtual Tip Jars

Earlier this week both Bijan and MG wrote about virtual tip jars in relation to micropayments for online content. Bijan’s post is kinda glass half-full, while MG’s is glass half-empty. We continue to use the tipping comparison to imagine how we can reward content creators. I think it’s the wrong metaphor because it imagines a world of variable post-creation…


Who Invests In Investors: Homebrew LP Shares VC Performance Goals, Importance of Diversity & What They Look For In New Funds


Five Questions With: Marc Barros, Founder of Moment (err six questions)


Writing started as therapy” — that was the opening line from Marc Barros is my last interview with him. Marc


Please Succeed or Fail Fast: Why Large VCs & Seed Rounds Could Lead to Portfolio Conflict Down the Road


Despite some speculation, I’m not @StartupLJackson. However, after reading this article about his NVCA talk, I’m realizing I might be Naval Ravikant because there’s a lot in there that I’ve been thinking about as well. Our early stage fund Homebrew debuted just two years ago…


Five Questions With: Sara Chipps, CEO of Jewelbots

You meet a lot of interesting folks on Twitter. Sara Chipps, cofounder/CEO of Jewelbots was one of them although most enjoyably, she


Homebrew’s Second Annual LP Meeting: Why We Do Them


Last week Homebrew held its second annual LP meeting, coinciding with our second anniversary as a fund. The agenda was very similar to 2014’s, which I discussed last year inthis post. Now that we’re another 365 days in, thought I’d add (a) what’s different about a Year Two annual mtg vs Year One and (b) why we think annual meetings are…


The Time When YouTube Eliminated Pay Bias For Its Product Managers


If you haven’t checked out #TalkPay on Twitter, you should. People are tweeting about their salary histories. Not…


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…