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It’s been a while…

Last time I posted something was a more than a year ago.  No, I haven’t been “crazy busy” (as colleagues like to say), just crazy lazy and focused on different things.  In 2014 — I plan to change that.  I will start doing this regularly once again.  It’s one of my New Year’s resolutions.  There…

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Happy Birthday, RTP

Exactly one year ago today, September 9, 2011, RTP Ventures officially got started.  It’s been an amazing year, a whirlwind that seemingly parallels the experiences I’ve had at startups I’ve built — setting up basic operations, assembling a team, trying and testing business models and actually putting together a respectable portfolio of investments.  Early successes,…

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Ungerminated: Trouble with Seeds

Quantity, quality, and size of early-stage seed financing has recently given rise to speculation about a seed funding bubble.  Ex-founders, Hollywood personalities, the rich and the powerful, the smart and the cool, all seem to be foregoing or, at least, de-emphasizing the usual trappings of wealth (homes, cars, planes, baubles) and taking center stage at…

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RTP: The first 60 days

RTP VENTURES announced its existence on September 6, 2011 on this blog.  I did not want to do a press release, talk about nebulous market trends, or brag about our fund’s raised capital as is often done by venture firms looking to make a big splash.  I always wanted and will continue to insist that…

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Next move: RTP Ventures

“Stay hungry, stay foolish.”  In 2005, Steve Jobs gave this advice to the graduating class of my alma mater, Stanford University.  Jobs spoke about taking risks to change one’s life and change in the world.  I listened to his speech again following news of his departure from Apple.  Like the first time, his words inspired.  In…