Press and Media

Thoughts on the Current Startup and Venture Landscape

Thoughts on the Current Startup and Venture Landscape

Aug 23
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Hall is joined by Michael Smerklo, co-founder and managing director of Next Coast Ventures. Hall and Michael kickoff this episode learning about Michael's background before investing in early-stage companies. Michaels background includes being a CPA and investment...

Startups Aren’t Cool Anymore – And That’s Okay

Startups Aren’t Cool Anymore – And That’s Okay

Dec 12
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This week, The Atlantic ran an article by an MBA student who was noticing how startups aren’t ‘cool’ anymore. Between the threat of an economic downturn and looming student-loan payments, the author discusses how coffee-break conversations about business ideas with...

What The Economist Got Wrong About the Decline of Silicon Valley

What The Economist Got Wrong About the Decline of Silicon Valley

Sep 18
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I never thought I would start a blog post with such an audacious claim about the journalistic acumen of The Economist. However, having just finished reading The Economist’s September 1st cover story on Silicon Valley titled: “a victim of its own success,” I felt...

Gut Check For Entrepreneurs: Are You A Glass Eater?

Gut Check For Entrepreneurs: Are You A Glass Eater?

Jul 25
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As a venture capitalist, I often get asked what an ideal investment looks like for my firm. What metrics do we look at to assess a business model? What’s our sweet spot? What makes us write the check? I joke that we have a highly proprietary secret formula, unique to...