Author Archive | David Hornik

Want to get funded? Get an introduction!

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 years in the […]

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Success Breeds Success

Last week I received a fantastic email.  The email was from the CEO of one of my portfolio companies announcing the promotion of his administrative assistant.  After three years of doing great work for the CEO, this assistant was promoted into a role in the marketing department.  As much as the CEO regretted losing such […]

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Ten Years of VC Blogging

Yesterday marked the 10th anniversary of Venture Capital blogging. How do I know? Because my first post on VentureBlog was on March 5, 2003 (a pithy little post entitled " I'm a VC. Who the hell are you?" — no, it wasn't a precursors to my post on Narcissistic Personality Disorder, it was a post […]

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In Memory of Jody Sherman

I flew down to Santa Monica today to attend a memorial service in celebration of the life of Jody Sherman.  Along with a hundred and fifty of his closest friends, we shared stories of the Jody we remembered.  We celebrated his incredible spirit.  More than a few tears were shed, including a ton of my […]

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Do VCs Find Mobile Interesting?

It has been a while since the last time I had a guest post on VentureBlog.  But it seems only natural for Howard Hartenbaum, my partner at August Capital, to be posting here.  Howard and I do a podcast together called VentureCast that is really fun (at least fun to do — I’ll let you […]

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Pick Your Angel Investors Wisely

A great deal has been written about angel investing in recent years. Angel investing has become the sport of choice for many successful entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley (e.g., Dave Morin, Chris Michel, Ariel Poler, etc.). What's more, it has spawned a whole new class of venture funds — once called Super Angels, now called Micro […]

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The Entrepreneurial Lessons of Great Sushi

If you want to appreciate what it takes to build a great business, watch the movie Jiro Dreams of Sushi.  In this amazing documentary, director David Gelb takes a look behind the scenes of Jiro Ono's 3 Michelin Star rated sushi restaurant.  Jiro's restaurant is booked months in advance, despite running more than $300 for […]

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Investing is About Passion

Entrepreneurship is about passion. Great entrepreneurs are not driven by a simple desire to make money. They are driven by a need to change the world. They may change the world by building a better operating system or a better search engine or a better social network. But whatever it is they are building, great […]

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The Temptation of Data

There is nothing investors like more than data. We love it. It gives us something to grab onto. It gives us something to compare. It gives us the sense that we are bringing a scientific approach to an otherwise amorphous evaluation process. We look at data when assessing investments. And we look at data to […]

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