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We are an early-stage venture capital firm located in San Francisco that invests in New Media, consumer internet and enterprise IT companies in the US.
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Pitching to CIOs, Part 2: Lessons for Software Founders

Pitching to CIOs, Part 2: Lessons for Software Founders | IDG Ventures USA | Scoop.it
If you’re in the enterprise software / SaaS business, then you know that the sales process almost always includes a conversation with the CIO. This is a conversation you want to nail for obvious re...
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Interview: Shooting the Breeze With Don't Sweat the Tech

Interview: Shooting the Breeze With Don't Sweat the Tech | IDG Ventures USA | Scoop.it
Recently, I was interviewed by the cool guys from Don't Sweat The Tech, a show that covers startup news, reviews, and interviews. Check out the video to hear the interview!
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How Fasting is Similar to the Entrepreneurial Journey

How Fasting is Similar to the Entrepreneurial Journey | IDG Ventures USA | Scoop.it
I do the Master Cleanse once a year for both the health benefits, as well as the mental endurance challenge. This year, during the fast, I had a revelation: the fasting journey is analogous to the ...
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Can You Trust a VC Who Doesn't Tweet?

Can You Trust a VC Who Doesn't Tweet? | IDG Ventures USA | Scoop.it
VCs who want better access to competitive investment opportunities must have a social media footprint. I'm guessing this isn't a comfortable message for many VCs out there, but that's the reality.
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Why VCs Continue to Love Social Media

Why VCs Continue to Love Social Media | IDG Ventures USA | Scoop.it
The social networking sector has seen over 10 great successes from an investment standpoint: MySpace ($580 million), Beebo ($850 million), Instagram ($1 billion), Tumblr ($1.1 billion), Yammer ($1....
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Dead or Alive, Bitcoin Ushers in the Era of Digital Currency

Dead or Alive, Bitcoin Ushers in the Era of Digital Currency | IDG Ventures USA | Scoop.it
There's plenty of news about BitCoin lately. The digital currency has been under scrutiny for its alleged involvement in a series of shady events...But the big story isn't whether or not the rumors...
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Up Your Game With the Science of Music and Sports

Up Your Game With the Science of Music and Sports | IDG Ventures USA | Scoop.it
I enjoy running with friends for the companionship and conversation. But admittedly, that usually lasts for only the first four or five hours. After that, I start to feel the burn. That's when I tu...
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4 Gaming Trends to Watch in 2014

4 Gaming Trends to Watch in 2014 | IDG Ventures USA | Scoop.it
2013 was a huge year for gaming. Supercell exploded from a $770 million to a $3 billion valuation...GungHo temporarily pulled ahead of Nintendo’s market cap ($15B)...GTA 5 hit $800 million in first...
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The Magic Behind Telltale’s Emotionally Evocative and Highly Engaging Games

The Magic Behind Telltale’s Emotionally Evocative and Highly Engaging Games | IDG Ventures USA | Scoop.it
The long-awaited "Walking Dead" sequel from Telltale Games was released Dec 17, 2013 and did not disappoint...over five years ago, when I first invested and joined the Board of Telltale Games...Fou...
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Should You Write a Business Plan?

Should You Write a Business Plan? | IDG Ventures USA | Scoop.it
Actually, the real question is: “What is a business plan?” Most startup/entrepreneur presentations are essentially business plans. But to effectively convey your business, you must include the fol...
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Want to Succeed in Tech or VC? Walk the Walk

Want to Succeed in Tech or VC? Walk the Walk | IDG Ventures USA | Scoop.it
I recently hosted a group of 20 Harvard MBA students to share insights on the venture capital industry and its career opportunities...students asked some insightful questions...I in turn, had one ...
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What Every VC, Angel Investor and Entrepreneur Needs to Know About QSBS

What Every VC, Angel Investor and Entrepreneur Needs to Know About QSBS | IDG Ventures USA | Scoop.it
For 17 years as a VC, I have written over 50 term sheets and all have contained a clause with the term “QSBS.” If you don’t know what it means, you should, since it can save you hundreds of thousa...
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My Favorite Music Video in 2013: Ciara’s “Body Party”

My Favorite Music Video in 2013:  Ciara’s “Body Party” | IDG Ventures USA | Scoop.it
I’m an avid fan of modern rap, hip-hop, and R&B; and my guilty pleasure is music videos. Never mind MTV, I don’t know what I’d do without YouTube...Like a good enthusiast, I made a short-list o...
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E3 Report: 6 Defining Trends in Gaming

E3 Report: 6 Defining Trends in Gaming | IDG Ventures USA | Scoop.it
The annual E3 conference is like Disneyland for gamers, who have the opportunity to see and play newly launched games and devices. As an investor in gaming, it's also an exciting event for me to ob...
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My Favorite #Winning Rappers Who Started at the Bottom

My Favorite #Winning Rappers Who Started at the Bottom | IDG Ventures USA | Scoop.it
Everybody likes rags-to-riches stories, and there's plenty of them in the rap world. Many of today's most famous rappers grew up in poverty, amidst violence, and/or with little to no support struct...
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GamesBeat 2014 in San Francisco: Get Your Tickets Now

GamesBeat 2014 in San Francisco: Get Your Tickets Now | IDG Ventures USA | Scoop.it
I'm thrilled to be speaking at GamesBeat 2014 in San Francisco on September 15th and 16th. This year's theme: total world domination. I'm looking forward to meeting entrepreneurs, developers, and g...
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CITE Panel on Upcoming Disruptions in the Consumerization of IT

CITE Panel on Upcoming Disruptions in the Consumerization of IT | IDG Ventures USA | Scoop.it
Last week, I participated in a panel at CITE (Consumerization of IT in the Enterprise) with fellow VCs Arif Janmohamed of Lightspeed Venture Partners and Aaref Hilaly of Sequoia Capital. Aside from...
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About a Founder, For Founders, From a Founder

About a Founder, For Founders, From a Founder | IDG Ventures USA | Scoop.it
Pat McGovern, founder and chairman of IDG, passed away last Thursday at the age of 76. Much has already been written about his remarkable accomplishments as a businessman and philanthropist. Instea...
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Video: Interview With Football Legend and All-Around Cool Dude Steve Young

Video: Interview With Football Legend and All-Around Cool Dude Steve Young | IDG Ventures USA | Scoop.it
I had the pleasure of interviewing football great Steve Young...The former 49er retired from pro football in 1999 but has been far from idle-- he's an active philanthropist, a frequent commentator ...
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Building a Revenue Model: a Simple Recipe

Building a Revenue Model: a Simple Recipe | IDG Ventures USA | Scoop.it
How do you determine how much your product or service will make...Building a revenue model is easy; passing the smell test is difficult.
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6 Tips on Choosing Your Startup Board Members

6 Tips on Choosing Your Startup Board Members | IDG Ventures USA | Scoop.it
Note to startup founders: you have options when it comes to your startup's board members. Considering that a company's board greatly influences -- or, even dictates -- major decisions, entrepreneur...
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The Global Gaming Market is Huge and Growing

The Global Gaming Market is Huge and Growing | IDG Ventures USA | Scoop.it
The global gaming market, excluding hardware, was $62B in 2012 and is expected to reach $83B by 2016 (source: Digi-Capital). In addition, the number of major exits in gaming has increased significa...
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Pitching to CIOs: Lessons From IDG Tech Advisors

Pitching to CIOs: Lessons From IDG Tech Advisors | IDG Ventures USA | Scoop.it
Recently, we hosted an IDG Ventures CIO Tech Demo Day to bring together founders, CEOs, and CIOs for discussions on technology and emerging trends. Attendees comprised a combination of founders fro...
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There is No Series A Crunch

There is No Series A Crunch | IDG Ventures USA | Scoop.it
I've heard too much hyperbolic talk in the valley of a "Series A Crunch,”  meaning startups are currently hard-pressed to raise funding following a seed round. As the blog title suggests, I do not ...
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3 Overused Startup Terms

3 Overused Startup Terms | IDG Ventures USA | Scoop.it
The startup world -- like any field -- has its own lexicon.  Living in this world, I am guilty of overusing industry jargon myself. But there are several buzzwords that have become overused and mis...
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