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Money Makes Money

I read Ben Horowitz' post about their investment in Instagram that made them a 312x return, turning a $250k investment into $78m. Most people would regard that as a shrewd business decision on Andreessen Horowitz' part, but I think it actually comes down to money making money. Andreessen Horowitz has

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Pressing pause on a startup is the hardest thing I've ever done.

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Bubble 2.0

There's been a lot said lately about us replicating the Dot Com bubble all over again and even though a much-respected figure like Paul Graham has stated his believe that we're not in a bubble, the doubts remain.I'm yet unconvinced by either to be honest; I understand all the

Y Combinator invests in...

Interesting that Y Combinator focuses much of their investment decisions on the type of people behind the startups and not necessarily on the startup or the idea itself.So if I'm correct, I should be able to take any above-average idea to Y Combinator and based on my success with

Investing based on gut feel

I'd add "it takes money to make money".If you can't de-risk such an early stage startup, then we're basically talking about gambling to some extent. Yes social proof works well and gut feel (based on experience) works too, but many of these type of investments won't work out.

Re-Investment

In this post Fred Wilson goes on to explain that a company should first scale & gather traction on seed funding before it goes after venture round funding. Whilst WooThemes has never taken any outside funding (we’ve bootstrapped from the beginning), Fred’s post did make me

Bootstrapped, Profitable, & Proud: WooThemes

This is a great write-up by the 37Signals crew about WooThemes which focuses on being bootstrapped and building a global business without any VC funding. If you’re keen to get to know WooThemes in any way, this post is a great start.

Bootstrapped, Profitable, & Proud: WooThemes

This is a great write-up by the 37Signals crew about WooThemes which focuses on being bootstrapped and building a global business without any VC funding. If you’re keen to get to know WooThemes in any way, this post is a great start.