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Getting funded: Step 0, Prepare

A series of articles about getting through the VC process from a serial entrepreneur who now sitting on the other side of the table. This is part of a series on what it takes to get your company funded.  In this chain of posts, I want to take a slightly different perspective from the usual…

Innovation: process vs product

Innovative products and people who build them make my work in venture capital enjoyable .  In my mind, VC investing means feeling innovation’s pulse.  Over the years, I have started to classify creative ideas into two broad categories: :  process innovations and product innovations.  You need some combination of the two or no deal.  Here’s how I classify…

Market, Product, Team

Fifteen years ago,  between my first and second companies, I spent a few months at Sequoia Capital (investors in both) as an Entrepreneur in Residence.  In my late 20’s, I was certainly not ready to be a real venture capitalist, but was not too immature to learn some lessons from the  seven-man team (back then) at…

Why Open Source is a Great Idea for Russia

Most people who met me, know that I am Russian.  I am usually forced to explain the origin of my first name, and proudly state that I am only a naturalized U.S. citizen and that English is, indeed, my second language.  I was born in Leningrad, USSR and came to the U.S. in 1978, at…