Category Archive for: Funding

The Age Question here as well

I’ll go ahead and weigh in on the age question.  In my view, age really has very little to do with things. It’s really about an innovation mind set, your assumptions and the tools (skills, risk tolerance, network, etc) you use to execute what you think of.  So – if you’re 45, you’ll have a different…

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Additional Funding – Ben Franklin

Ben Franklin Technology Partners came through for us again with an investment. They continue to be great supporters and we deeply appreciate them.

Smart and Dumb Money

Fred Wilson (can you tell I read his blog?) also just posted on how he is seeing a lot of “dumb” money around – as in bubble money. I think he means VC’s who throw money at companies when they don’t understand the space, the product or the team…. I think. I am pretty sure I…

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Wow there is a lot going on right now…

Renegotiated content deal with CDBaby to reduce cost of content redelivery.  Now we’ll be able to delivery all 550k tracks in MP3 format (320kbps) Working through Streaming license details with CDBaby – going very well Presented to Ben Franklin portfolio group for next investment – went very well Started dealing with Baker and Taylor for…

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A very positive VC encounter

Did a phone call with Sierra Ventures today; the most refreshing VC I have ever had. The timing, tone and temper were all pitch perfect and it appeared he felt the same way. It felt like we were on the same page about the capital strategy, the launch strategy and the platform strategy. Also nice…

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Originate Ventures – not a match

Just finished the VC presentation to Mike Gausling. They are not going to invest due to risk – specifically around Major label licensing. Same stuff we’ve been hearing. The meeting went like this: They were running 1/2 hour late. Entered the “large” conf room in the BF incubator, handshakes all around. Passed out copies of executive…

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Originate Ventures – presentation on deck

I am currently waiting to do our presentation for Originate Ventures. Originate is Mike Gausling’s new VC fund and appears to be a good match.  As I understand Mike, he is a very operational oriented guy with a sharp eye toward margin.  I hope he also has a sharp eye on sales volume…. Deck is…

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Future of digital music – is more than one solution?

I read Fred Wilson’s blog pretty regularly (it’s a great blog) and he has some very interesting insights.  He just posted about the future of digital music and it sparked a bit of hot debate on his blog.  In a nutshell, he’s saying that the future of digital music is not in pay-per-download (ie: iTunes),…

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