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8/19: David Lee and Ben Choi at SSE Labs

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We were fortunate to have David Lee in the office with us tonight for dinner at SSE Labs. David is an angel investor at SV Angel, which he founded with Ron Conway. SV Angel focuses on early-stage consumer media funding.

Before SV Angel, David held business development positions at StumbleUpon and Google, and was a partner at Baseline Ventures.

David’s focus on the consumer internet and mobile space was especially relevant to our teams, and he led an interesting open discussion on a wide range of topics. Based on his experiences, he stressed a few main points:

  • Have a technical founder. Successful companies almost always have at least one technical co-founder and investors will be looking for someone technical on the founding team.
  • Set long term goals for five, ten years in the future. Then set short-term goals by looking backwards from those long-term goals and figuring out how those long-term goals can be achieved, milestone by milestone.
  • If building an app (like many of our teams are), make it the must-have app on one platform. Then quickly move it to other platforms.

Ben Choi was also in the office today. Ben is a principal at Maveron, a VC firm with a consumer focus. Prior to Maveron, Ben was at Storm Ventures, RRE Ventures, and In-Q-Tel, the VC branch of the CIA, in addition to mobile and internet technology startups. We’d like to thank Ben for holding office hours tonight with the teams, and also Maveron for hosting tonight’s dinner.

Overall it was a great night at SSE Labs – thanks so much to David and Ben!

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August 20, 2010 at 3:40 am

8/10: Office Hours with Christine Herron from First Round Capital

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Christine Herron is a Principal with First Round Capital, an early-stage venture capital firm. Previously, Christine was a director at Omidyar Network, where she developed the Media practice strategy. Prior to Omidyar Network, Christine held operational roles with Mission Research, NetObjects, and Microsoft, and was the founder and CEO of Mercury2. She started as an investor with Geocapital Partners, where she funded early Internet and network infrastructure businesses including Netcom and AXON Networks. Christine earned degrees from both Stanford University and Columbia University.

Today we welcomed back Christine Herron to 401 Ellis St for office hours with our teams.

Chrstine, thank you for your team and thoughts; we hope you enjoyed talking with our entrepreneurs.

We look forward to seeing her again soon on Friday for one of our team dinners, along with Karl Jacob.

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August 10, 2010 at 3:39 pm

8/3: Office Hours with Mark Dempster from Sequoia Capital

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Mark is the Marketing Partner at Sequoia Capital. Mark’s role is to provide portfolio companies with an “entrepreneur start-up kit” in marketing, sales and services. Prior to joining Sequoia Capital in 2000, Mark led the brand strategy practice for CKS Partners. Previously, Mark was a Brand Strategist for Landor Associates. Mark received a BS in Economics and Communications from UC Davis.

Today, we welcomed Mark Dempster from Sequoia Capital for our office hours. Thank you for your time and feedback, we hope you enjoyed it as much as our teams enjoyed meeting with you.

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August 3, 2010 at 7:12 pm

7/27 Office Hours with CRV, double feature

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Thanks to Charles River Ventures for holding office hours with George Zachary and Saar Gur in the Zachary room today.

George Zachary joined Charles River Ventures in 2004. He brings more than 17 years of operating and investing experience in computing and consumer technology. George’s focus is on building great services and software technology companies. George led CRV’s investments in AreaeGeni.com,GoTVMillennial MediaSkyriderTwitter and is a board member at Twitter.
Saar Gur is a partner at Charles River Ventures (CRV), with more than 12 years of experience working with entrepreneurs as a founder, investor and advisor. Saar is passionate about discovering and growing early-stage companies and focuses on CRV’s consumer and internet investments. Saar currently sits on the boards of Progress FinancialWonderhill, and Blippy (incubated at CRV), and was involved in CRV’s seed investment in social games company LilGreenPatch, which was acquired by Playdom. Saar was also involved with CRV’s investments in Scribd.

CRV has been instrumental in launching SSE Labs as a sponsor, and George has been a great help to us as an advisor and mentor. We appreciate your time spent fielding many questions from our fellows, and advice on many topics from product-market fit for Fountainhop to Saar’s expertise on lead gen for Accevia.

Thank you George, and Saar. We hope you enjoyed your visit to 401 Ellis St today!

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July 27, 2010 at 4:43 pm

7/13: Jay Jamison Office Hours

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Thanks to BlueRun Ventures for bringing in Jay Jamison for office hours this past Tuesday. Jay co-founded Moonshoot and now serves as president of the company, as well as being a Mentor at The Funded’s Founder’s Institute. He has extended experience at Microsoft and specializes in start-ups and brand building.

All of the teams learned a lot from Jay, and we’re excited for his involvement with our product-focused teams.

Thanks Jay!

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July 17, 2010 at 4:22 pm