YAWA! Yet Another Web Application. Software has clearly moved to the cloud and web applications are the way for software to be delivered. In the late 1990s, SalesForce.com and others were innovators in this new business model: software as a service. Times were good and Bronto jumped on it in the early 2000s. Twenty years […]
We are pleased to welcome back another member into the Colopy Ventures team this summer! Alon Greyber worked here last summer, and will join us again this summer as an engineering intern. Hey, Alon! It’s great to have you here as another intern to work with. I heard that you worked here last summer […]
Hello! My name is Emma and today I had the pleasure of talking to Seguno’s founder, Chris Geiss. Seguno is one of Colopy Ventures’ latest investments. Thanks for taking the time to talk to me about Seguno. To start, what is Seguno? Sure, thanks for having me. I started Seguno last year with my co-founder and […]
There is math and then there is startup math. For many entrepreneurs this includes evaluating an angel or seed round investment that requires an option pool. I created this handy Google Spreadsheet to help you do the math for this typical situation: The startup is founder held before the round. The round requires an option […]
I played the scarecrow in my elementary school’s rendition of Wizard of Oz. One of the best parts was when my fellow sixth grade Tin Man, Dorothy and I cantered across the stage as we chanted “Lions, Tigers and Bears … oh my!” Tales of my performance still echo through the hallowed halls of Fairlawn […]
Entrepreneurs and investors are on a perpetual quest to have hockey stick growth for their startups. Hockey stick growth happens (hopefully!) after you get product-market fit and start ramping. If growth accelerates, the revenue curve maps to the curve of a hockey stick — smoothly up and to the right. But, in reality, startup growth […]
Modern day Shakespeare would be a startup entrepreneur asking the question: “TO VC, or ALT VC?” Raise venture capital or bootstrap? Bootstrapping is a hard but great alternative to raising venture capital (VC). Unfortunately, the media rarely tells the story of the bootstrapping startup. The more commonly told story is of the glories of raising […]
Last week, I spoke to a Harvard class on “Stories from the Bronto Journey.” The class was offered as part of the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard (TECH) and consisted mainly of undergraduates — almost 200 of them! Excited to see so much enthusiasm for technology and entrepreneurship. Here are some takeaways from my talk: […]
Met up Zach Mansfield to tell the Bronto story as part of his “Startup Culture” podcast. No snorting or embarrassing sounds. Just a good story! Give it a listen.
It was the late 90s. I was an MBA student @ UNC. I wanted to work at Red Hat — a small quirky startup with no history or no interest in hiring people like me. So, I made a video stating my case and hustled my way in. Read the story. Watch the video. Laugh at me. And hustle hustle!