Startups

Where Will All the Unicorns Go?

What happens when one company after another raises private capital at a multi-billion dollar valuation? No one in Silicon Valley really knows, though we ask ourselves that question every day.

Redfin on TechCrunch: The Maximum, Beautiful Product

Happy New Year! On the last day of 2012, Redfin published The Maximum, Beautiful Product, a TechCrunch post questioning whether the lean startup’s relentlessly incremental approach to shipping the minimum viable product is likely to lead to big technology breakthroughs: If Steve Jobs had shipped the minimum viable iPhone, might we have concluded that people …

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Law & Order, Special Victims Unit: How To Get “The Man” On Your Side When Starting a Company

Just before I joined Redfin, I’d wanted to start a company but my brother got sick and I fell in love and soon I was in Seattle. What I never forgot was the lawyer who was going to help us incorporate that business, Ilan Lovinsky, a partner at Gunderson Dettmer, and brother of the great …

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The Shitake Hits the Fan

There has been over the past 18 months a Cambrian explosion of startup life, many incubated by angels and seed funds. And now the process of natural selection is beginning again. I got back from the Valley Thursday and what I gathered from the people there is the same as what I’ve heard here: that …

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