Category Archives: VC

Biology, populations and VC

The meadow voles we found each morning in our traps were tiny, hardy animals who endured the weighing and tagging before being re-released. There were thousands of them in the fields of Blandy Farm or Mountain Lake, the field research … Continue reading

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Tech Forecasting and Predictions 2015 (4 of 7)

After listening to six years of tech prediction shows  – it seemed only fair to add my own predictions based on industrial and slower moving technologies.  I’m attempting to follow the rules as laid out by DTNS and the observations made … Continue reading

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Fraud in Industrial Technologies

GigaOm’s article on green energy snake oil highlights the challenges faced by investors in any industrial technology.  We’re not investors, but over the past six years of applying our process and equipment in this industrial technology space, we have certainly seen many unusual … Continue reading

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Define the Mission, then the Vehicle

Pat Duggins’ book Final Countdown, which documents NASA’s move to shutdown the Space Shuttle Program repeats an important aviation and aerospace maxim: The mission should define the vehicle, not the vehicle define the mission. Apollo’s mission was to put a … Continue reading

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Andreessen Horowitz’s Missed Opportunity to Change VC Fee Structure

The fees that LPs pay to venture capitalists will only change if a top-tier VC fund volunteers to give its investors a discount. We’ll never know what would have happened had Andreessen Horowitz taken a different tact with their donations … Continue reading

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Emerging Manager Fund of Funds

This document was originally composed as part of the Carolina Venture Fellows program in 2004.  It was also used by Parish Capital in some of our early marketing materials. Introduction: The universe of emerging manager private equity fund-of-funds is both … Continue reading

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