For the last 7 years I’ve worked with, and invested in, dozens of early-stage startups.
It all started on March 6, 2008 — the day Steve Jobs introduced the App Store — forever changing the way software is distributed and ushering in the mobile era. Less than a year after launch, the app store counted over 50k apps and more than one billion downloads.
What happened next was nothing short of a startup frenzy.
Tiny teams of as little as a single developer were creating apps, distributing through the app store, getting thousands of downloads, and raising huge sums of $$$. Akshay Kothari, one of my TAs at Stanford, dropped out halfway through class to launch Pulse, the first newsreader app for the iPad, which he later sold to LinkedIn for $90 million. The Pulse app was even featured in a demo by Steve Jobs himself.
When Steve Jobs opened up the iPhone to third-party developers, he single handedly brought the tech industry back from the dot-com crash, and it came back stronger than ever.
Since graduating, I’ve worked at a mobile advertising startup, pitched Venture Capitalists in the dark, co-founded a startup, consulted for many young companies, and have even had the good fortunate to invest in a few.
Here I’ll be talking about trends in startups & venture capital and exploring new ideas around fundraising and management.
I love feedback, particularly if you have opposing views. As far as I’m concerned, Discussions > Preaching. So please, when you think I’ve gone off the rails, post a response. Or in lieu of that, you can always reach me directly at max(at)uglyducklingventures(dot)com
Good luck in your ventures.