From the Crowd

Commentary and analysis from outside voices in venture capital, hedge funds and economics
  • Did you learn anything useful in VC?

    Sarah Tavel left Bessemer Venture Partners last year in order to join Pinterest. Here is what she did, and didn't, learn during her time as a VC.

    By Sarah Tavel

    FORTUNE -- It's been more than a year and a half since I left Bessemer Venture Partners to join Pinterest. Since then, I've taken quite a few meetings and phone calls from junior VCs or MBAs asking about my transition from MORE

    Nov 26, 2013 8:58 AM ET
  • To create jobs, the stock market needs a little inefficiency

    The stock market has gotten too efficient for small caps to thrive, and it's costing America jobs. But there is a solution.

    By Scott Kupor

    FORTUNE -- As Americans, we love efficiency. In huge numbers, and with our wallets wide open, we rush toward anything that drives lower cost, highly liquid markets. Think about it. McDonald's, Amazon and Costco dominate their industries with some combination of huge choice, overall lower prices MORE

    Nov 11, 2013 1:51 PM ET
  • Open system genomics: Taking a page from tech's playbook

    Data is being used for much more than analyzing social media audiences or selling shoes. It's being used to save lives.

    By Bill Ericson

    The American Society of Human Genetics met last week in Boston, and it didn't generate anywhere close to the same buzz as South by Southwest. Or even a more modest confab like a TechCrunch Disrupt.  But it would have felt quite familiar to the geek squad.

    There was lots of MORE

    Nov 5, 2013 11:49 AM ET
  • Businesses must embrace the programmable world. Or die.

    How APIs are disrupting every business.

    By Promod Haque

    FORTUNE -- The havoc the Internet has wrought on traditional business already dwarfs previous economic transformations, but we haven't seen anything yet.

    Companies of all sizes and across all industries are now facing a massive digital disruption that will permeate their cores. Information technology has been working its way into business processes for decades, but this is different: The apps, data and APIs MORE

    Oct 22, 2013 10:49 AM ET
  • Why we invested in LinkedIn nine years ago

    An early LinkedIn investor looks back at his firm's original decision.

    By David Sze

    FORTUNE -- The best early-stage venture capital investments appear obvious in retrospect, however very few of them are actually obvious when you make them. In fact, we reviewed our process at Greylock and discovered that the best investments are non-obvious enough that they result in a mixed vote by our partnership. Such was the case with LinkedIn MORE

    Oct 15, 2013 12:50 PM ET
  • Want VC funding? Get introduced!

    It's hard for startups to get funded. But the first step is often the most overlooked.

    By David Hornik, contributor

    FORTUNE -- The other day when I was giving a talk I was asked the simplest of simple questions: "how do you get funded by a VC?"

    I thought about it and could only come up with one, for sure, piece of advice. Get introduced! I told the audience that in my 13 MORE

    Sep 17, 2013 4:49 PM ET
  • Advice for JPMorgan: Split into three companies

    Separating out traditional banking, investment banking, and proprietary trading into standalone companies will go a long way in assuaging government regulators and promoting better risk management.

    By Sanjay Sanghoee 

    FORTUNE -- As the nation's largest bank undergoes an unprecedented onslaught of regulatory scrutiny and fends off charges or investigations of fraudulent marketing practices, bribery, market manipulation, and gross mismanagement of risk, perhaps it is time for JPMorgan Chase to consider strategic alternatives MORE

    Sep 16, 2013 2:23 PM ET
  • The 'other' company founder

    What to do with the company co-founder who isn't CEO?

    By Jeff Bussgang

    FORTUNE -- I've been thinking a lot lately about the unsung hero of many startups: The other founder. A lot has been written about the founder/CEO and his growth and evolution as a company grows. But little is written about the (nearly omnipresent in my experience) co-founder -- the No. 2, behind-the-scenes partner who teams with the founder/CEO MORE

    Sep 10, 2013 1:15 PM ET
  • The quiet successes that drive Silicon Valley

    Not every successful tech entrepreneur wants the limelight.

    By Jeff Richards, contributor

    FORTUNE -- Salesforce.com recently announced the acquisition of EdgeSpring, an emerging player in the business intelligence/analytics market. It was an amazing outcome for the company's two founders, employees and investors (Lightspeed and Kleiner Perkins).

    So why didn't you hear about it?

    Because the founders want it that way. They represent Quiet Success. And – despite what you may have been led to believe – MORE

    Aug 13, 2013 11:58 AM ET
  • Capital market climate change

    What startups should do if the environment is worse than expected

    By Ben Horowitz

    "Hope that you feel this  Feel this way forever You can plan a pretty picnic But you can't predict the weather."

     --Outkast, Ms. Jackson

    FORTUNE -- If you run a startup and are currently raising money, you probably planned for a somewhat different fundraising environment than the one you find yourself in today. You probably thought that valuations would be roughly MORE

    Jul 15, 2013 2:29 PM ET
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