We have our own point of view on the people, technologies, and conversations that will shape the future.
Economic downturns force us to get back to basics: The cost of new capital and low valuation multiples—even for top-performing public companies—force startups to make substantial progress per dollar to get a term sheet, much less an up round.
Supply chain is having a moment.
The end of 2020 will be marked by a series of high-profile consumer technology IPOs, including several marketplace businesses.
As an early-stage consumer VC with a laser focus for efficiency, few things make me wince more than meeting brilliant entrepreneurs devoted to building products few people will want.
Congrats to Sam, Elliot, Adam, and the entire Getaround team on their recent $300 million financing led by Softbank’s Vision Fund.
This week, Shawn Carolan explains the single element that unites all great consumer technology companies.
As better ingredient technologies arrive on the scene, they open the door for new, iconic companies that meet our needs in fundamentally better ways.
I attended a growth hacking event hosted by UpCounsel investor Menlo Ventures on August 10. Speakers included Uber’s VP of growth, Stance’s CEO, and Betterment’s director of communications.
Facebook’s announcement that its messenger platform will feature bots served as the crescendo for all of the recent excitement around conversational commerce.
Menlo hosted its annual reception celebrating the best in tech, gathering its startup ecosystem for a night of lively conversation.
In this post, we will explain why on-demand marketplaces have a distinct advantage in terms of avoiding disintermediation, maintaining pricing power, and boosting acquisition efficiency.
Within a broad horizontal marketplace, it becomes more difficult to achieve sufficient liquidity, whereas a vertical marketplace immediately brings together buyers and sellers seeking to complete the same category of transaction.
If a marketplace expands into the “shadow market” (or a class of buyers that was previously unavailable to a supplier), then it has the potential to accrue far more value.
It has many names: the Sharing Economy, Collaborative Consumption, the On-Demand Economy, and even most recently called by Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, the Gig Economy.
The sharing economy will be great for consumers, but not so great for the income gap, Venky Ganesan told Bloomberg Brief.
Menlo hosted its annual reception celebrating the best in tech, gathering its startup ecosystem for a night of conversation.