CAPITAL

PINTEREST
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THIS JUST IN-One of our portfolio companies, Pinterest Inc., has sped up the timing of its initial public offering according to The Wall Street Journal. Pinterest originally submitted its IPO paperwork confidentially with the Securities and Exchange Commission earlier this...
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LYFT
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I had a great interview with @cheddar today on one of my first tech investments and favorite companies. We own this originally at $10/share, I was trying to explain that VC investors already made our money! “Big Investors Unmoved by Lyft Stock's...
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130 TECH DEALS
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Today Lyft went public, and I reflected on how I got into investing. It started from being broke, not understanding money and being tired of it being the reason why I couldn’t do things. I had no money to pay...
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100 MILLION INFLUENCE
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I never discuss who I work with, but collectively our investors reach and inspire over 100 million people via social media. All of them are investors in tech, launching their own VC funds, building diverse portfolios, influencing the companies they...
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TECH
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Black Enterprise is a place that has acknowledged excellence in businesses for decades. I remember when I started at Goldman Sachs in 2001,  reading about the top 25 African Americans on Wallstreet and in business hoping one day to make that...
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OF THE YEAR
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This year has started out with a bang already! Last year I spoke about this with Black Enterprise. Several of our companies are going public, and others like HotelTonight are being acquired by our other portfolio companies (Airbnb)! Hundreds of...
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NIKE
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I am fascinated by Nike. Phil Knight accomplished the ultimate “arbitrage” with this one. He couldn’t make shoes, he had never run a company, he didn’t have any stores,  and he couldn’t get athletes bought in on his own. However,...
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UBER
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Uber is a case study in “rocket ship” growth that I discussed in the last post. The question on everyone's mind is; how did they do it? Here a few things you probably didn’t know that will help you become...
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SHOULD YOU RAISE MONEY FROM VC FIRMS?
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Should you raise money from VC firms? 99% of you shouldn’t. Unless you have the potential to launch your company into outer space, have calculated all the ways you won’t explode like a rocket, and project growth like a rocket...
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JETSMARTER
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“The Fyre Festival of Aviation” will be an accurate name if JetSmarter fails, especially because they have the same model and problem as the doomed music festival. As human beings, we learn more from failures than successes, which is why...
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