Venture Capital

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People of Ad Tech: Qualia CEO Kathy Leake

Qualia CEO Kathy Leake, an expert in cross-device marketing, tells WIT Strategy Partner Bill Brazell that 97% of venture capitalists are male — so if you’re a woman raising money, it helps to speak their language: Cut to the chase. Use bullet points. Explain your value in three minutes, because that’s all you have. Music:… Continue reading »

People of Ad Tech: Rayno Report’s R. Scott Raynovich

Rayno Report founder and publisher R. Scott Raynovich tells WIT Strategy‘s Bill Brazell how online publishers can benefit from a focus on quality and specificity, how the siren song of ‘millions of pageviews’ can lead them astray, and what may have gone wrong for GigaOM. Music: Jim Duffy, “Morning Rays,” from “Side One.” Used with… Continue reading »

Ad Tech Investors Are Wasting Millions on Buyer Interfaces

One of the problems with venture capital is that it can launch and perpetuate bad ideas that would not otherwise survive in a competitive marketplace. Remember Adkeeper? Venture capitalists poured $43 million into the company on the premise that people would “keep” ads. While I understand why advertisers loved to dream about people scrapbooking their… Continue reading »

We Are Made in New York (Again)

Last week I attended an event at The Standard hotel in New York City hosted by venture capital firms NEA, Silicon Valley Bank and Lerer Ventures. The Standard’s Roof Bar offers extraordinary views of lower Manhattan, including Freedom Tower and its newly installed spire. “Fitting,” I thought to myself as I chatted with this next… Continue reading »

The Three Stages of Funding a Startup

Without an outside source of funding most media and technology startups will perish. The cost of hiring engineers and salespeople is usually just too high to self-fund a business until it is profitable. There are usually three stages of fundraising that a startup must go through to create a sustainable business: Stage 1: Angel Round.… Continue reading »

The New York Startup Mafia

In the world of startups, the term “mafia” has come to positively describe a group of people who have built a successful company and then continued to work together to create a new wave of startups. As Sarah Lacy, founder and editor-in-chief of PandoDaily, the Silicon Valley-based publisher, recently put it: “In the case of… Continue reading »

Finding Your Soul Mate

I am certainly not one to give real dating advice based on current experience, um…perhaps based on any past experience as well, except for, thankfully, my last attempt…. But in the last few weeks, I had some catch-up conversations at conferences and elsewhere with old friends, peers, and favorite members of past teams that I’ve… Continue reading »

Are Venture Capitalists Bad For The Media Business?

Randall Rothenberg, CEO of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), was recently quoted in an article saying that venture capitalists were the biggest obstacle to our industry. “Venture capital has supported and financed a bunch of chaos,” Rothenberg said. Unsurprisingly, the response from the VC industry was swift and harsh. “Randall Rothenberg. What an idiot,” Jerry… Continue reading »

iSXSW: That Awkward Moment When Media Agencies Meet Startups

Everyone is at South by Southwest this year, and by everyone I mean my VC, startup, and media agency friends. SXSW Interactive caught the attention of ad agencies when social media startups started to take off bringing in ad industry dollars and attention. It’s prom for digital startups and agencies with Prom Kings in the… Continue reading »

Revel Partners’ Charlie Kemper Invests in Advertising’s Future

Charlie Kemper is a Partner at Revel Partners, an early-expansion stage investment group focused on financing disruptive innovation in the areas of digital media and internet technology. Revel Partners was formed in early 2011 by Joe Apprendi, Founder and CEO of Collective, Thomas Falk, CEO of eValue Group, Chris Young, Chairman and CEO of Digital… Continue reading »