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Mental Health at Early-Stage Startups: Finding Your Passion

Mental Health at Early-Stage Startups: Finding Your Passion

We’re excited to announce a new series focused on raising awareness around mental health at early-stage startups. Historically, mental health has been stigmatized and a touchy subject to discuss. As an HR professional, I’ve spent countless hours working through difficult personal and professional situations with...

Keeping Product and Sales Aligned - Define Your Processes

Keeping Product and Sales Aligned: Define Your Processes

Two of the core pillars of all B2B SaaS startups are their product and sales teams. It is critical, therefore, that these teams must be well-aligned and cohesive. Product teams tend to be largely inward-looking while sales teams are, by nature, customer-focused. This disconnect can...

Venture Platform Portfolio Management

Week 7 of VC School: Venture Platform Portfolio Management

“Week 7 of VC School: Venture Platform Portfolio Mangement” is part of a ten-week series from the interns at Bowery Capital. The series will cover lessons learned and concepts covered during the weekly “VC School” meeting, a program taught by the Bowery Capital team designed...

Seed Deals by the Numbers

Seed Deals by the Numbers: NYC vs SF

As per the 2Q 2019 Pitchbook-NVCA Venture Monitor, 2019 is nearly on track to match 2018's record of $134.7B in total venture deal value. The number of mega-deals has ballooned from 36 in 2013 to 208 in 2018, partially as a result of institutional and...

Effects of the Trade War on Early Venture

Effects of the Trade War on Early Venture

The amount of capital pouring into venture as a whole has increased substantially. Early stage venture, in particular, has seen a lot more focus in the last few years, as highlighted in this previous Bowery Capital blog post. A sizable portion of venture investment capital...

Fund Level Portfolio Mangement

Week 6 of VC School: Fund Level Portfolio Management

“Week 6 of VC School: Fund Level Portfolio Mangement” is part of a ten-week series from the interns at Bowery Capital. The series will cover lessons learned and concepts covered during the weekly “VC School” meeting, a program taught by the Bowery Capital team designed...

Keeping Product and Sales Aligned: Know Your Customer

Keeping Product and Sales Aligned: Know Your Customer

Two of the core pillars of all B2B SaaS startups are their product and sales teams. It is critical, therefore, that these teams must be well-aligned and cohesive. Product teams tend to be largely inward-looking while sales teams are, by nature, customer-focused. This disconnect can...

VC Firms Incubating Ideas

Thoughts On VC Firms Incubating Ideas

A trend that we have been seeing across the industry is VC firms incubating ideas. In house incubation of startups has been gaining popularity with the rise of startup studios. Popularized by companies such as Betaworks, these studios are essentially variations on the accelerator model....

Establishing a Framework for Customer Success

Establishing a Framework for Customer Success

The Acceleration Team here at Bowery Capital pays close attention to our portfolio companies' early customer success, and for good reason. With the trend of enterprise sales cycles becoming more complex and at times longer, we have seen the continued rise of land-and-expand sales models....

M&A over IPO in Digital Health

Why M&A Over IPO in Digital Health

2018 was a record year for startup exits. Whether M&A or IPO, exits in 2018 exceeded $120B, for the first time since 2012. For the top unicorns, the count of IPOs more than doubled the count of M&As. In digital health, however, one hundred and...

Josh Kopelman's investor perspective

Investor Perspective: Josh Kopelman (First Round)

It's been a while since we last discussed lessons learned from top venture investors. Today, we'll dive into First Round Partner Josh Kopelman's investor perspective on all things early-stage startups, discussed on the Dorm Room Tycoon Podcast with William Channer. Kopelman started off as a...

Deal Execution and Term Sheets

Week 5 of VC School: Deal Execution and Term Sheets

“Week 5 of VC School: Deal Execution and Term Sheets” is part of a ten-week series from the interns at Bowery Capital. The series will cover lessons learned and concepts covered during the weekly “VC School” meeting, a program taught by the Bowery Capital team...

Keeping Product and Sales Aligned: Customer Engagement

Keeping Product and Sales Aligned: Customer Engagement

Two of the core pillars of all B2B SaaS startups are their product and sales teams. Therefore, these teams must be well-aligned and cohesive. Product teams tend to be largely inward-looking while sales teams are, by nature, customer-focused. This disconnect may be exacerbated, in part,...

navigating the new landscape of Seed rounds

Navigating the New Landscape of Seed Rounds

The landscape for raising a Seed round has changed considerably over the past few years. Due to a shift towards later IPOs for tech startups, more and more public-market capital has been invested in late-stage venture rounds. As a result, mega-rounds (>$100mm) now account for...

Quantitative Due Diligence

Week 4 of VC School: Quantitative Due Diligence

“Week 4 of VC School: Quantitative Due Diligence” is part of a ten-week series from the interns at Bowery Capital. The series will cover lessons learned and concepts covered during the weekly “VC School” meeting, a program taught by the Bowery Capital team designed to...

Post-Raise Equity Calculation

Post-Raise Equity Calculator Walk-Through

Calculating equity dilution can get complicated, leaving some founders wondering how much of the company they will really own after the fund raise is all said and done. In this post, we've broken down the dilution calculation into a straightforward spreadsheet, such that any founder...

Breaking into Healthcare SaaS

Breaking into Healthcare SaaS: Top Considerations

Adoption of technology in healthcare has historically been slow. Appetite for SaaS uptake in healthcare, however, has started to accelerate in the last 2-3 years. Healthcare processes have become archaic and outdated, with physicians and healthcare professionals still recording patient data on physically, on paper....

2019 Bowery Capital Fellows

Announcing our 2019 Bowery Capital Fellows!

Last month, we kicked off year 3 of the Bowery Capital Fellowship. We had a record number of applicants (over 100 undergrads) and we’re pleased to announce our 2019 Bowery Capital Fellows: Yash Gurditta (Columbia University), Avani Bahl (Barnard College), Eliza Loftus (University of Pittsburgh),...

Week 3 of VC School: Qualitative Due Diligence

"Week 3 of VC School: Qualitative Due Diligence" is part of a ten-week series from the interns at Bowery Capital. The series will cover lessons learned and concepts covered during the weekly "VC School" meeting, a program taught by the Bowery Capital team designed to...

Venture Capital Deal Sourcing

Week 2 of VC School: Venture Capital Deal Sourcing

"Week 2 of VC School: Venture Capital Deal Sourcing" is part of a ten-week series from the interns at Bowery Capital. The series will cover lessons learned and concepts covered during the weekly "VC School" meeting, a program taught by the Bowery Capital team designed...

Keeping Product and Sales Aligned: Bridging the Gap

Keeping Product and Sales Aligned: Bridging the Gap

Two of the core pillars of all B2B SaaS startups are their product and sales teams. Intuitively, this makes sense. You build a great service, and then you sell it. What is less intuitive but equally critical, however, is team messaging and bridging the gap...

SaaS Opportunities in the Cannabis Vertical

SaaS Opportunities in the Cannabis Vertical

We first made note of the opportunity for software to bring structure and efficiency to the cannabis vertical in our Opportunities in Vertical Software v2.0. In our third edition, we focused on cannabis as a high growth market with many opportunities. While the US market...

Venture Capital Deal Sourcing

Week 1 of VC School: Introduction to Venture Capital

"Week 1 of VC School: Introduction to Venture Capital" is part of a ten-week series from the interns at Bowery Capital. The series will cover lessons learned and concepts covered during the weekly "VC School" meeting, a program taught by the Bowery Capital team designed...

Take a look at Electron

Take a Look at Electron for Your Next Application

Electron is an open-sourced framework that utilizes Chromium, the rendering engine behind Google Chrome, to allow developers to create desktop applications with web development tools/construct such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. In contrast to a standard framework such as .NET, which is limited primarily to...

Integrating AI with Remote Working

Integrating AI with Remote Working Software

Supported by increased software capabilities, rising costs in major tech hubs such as NYC and SF and a re-thinking of what a work-life balance should look like, "the office" as we know it is shifting quickly. Whether it be established companies integrating remote working options...

Software Innovations for Restaurant Delivery

Software Innovations for Restaurant Delivery

Food delivery has gone from being a luxury for affluent diners to being a ubiquitous part of the restaurant industry.  The influx in venture capital investments in the food delivery space has shown the industry is large and growing. To succeed restaurants will need to...

The Top 3 LinkedIn Sales Lessons

We returned this week to Columbia Business School where Mike Romoff, Head of Global Agency and Channel Sales offered his Top 3 LinkedIn Sales Lessons. Before we jump in, a little more about Mike. Prior to leading the Global Agency and Channel Sales Team, he...

best software books aspiring vcs

The 10 Best Software Books For Aspiring VCs

We frequently get asked throughout our due diligence process as well as our interview process for fall, spring, and summer interns what are the great books to read to understand the technology ecosystem, the B2B world, and the foundations of business software. Understanding where the...

Opportunities In Vertical Software

Vertical Software Maturing Within The B2B Landscape

Since 2016, we at Bowery Capital have spent a fair amount of time focused on the impact of business software on a variety of verticals. We chose 10 verticals for our inaugural piece, titled Opportunities In Vertical Software and went deep into understanding what it...

Vinod Khosla’s Lessons For Entrepreneurs

  As the new class of Bowery Capital interns began, we took time to listen to Vinod Khosla give his top lessons for entrepreneurs on Y Combinator’s podcast.  Before we dive in, a little more about Vinod.  He is the founder of Khosla Ventures, a firm...

enterprise ai

Enterprise AI: Why It Matters & What Will Drive Adoption

Artificial intelligence (AI) is not a novel concept, instead, gaining prominent attention over several decades across the likes of academia, literature, and television. Famously, in his book 1984 (published in 1949), George Orwell vividly predicted a not-so-distant future that featured advanced machine learning phenomena such...

Keith Rabois’ Three Key Questions for Investors to Consider

This week the Bowery Capital team spent time discussing some key venture capital themes captured in Keith Rabois' podcast with Invest Like The Best [Ep. 115], covering topics from his investment criterion to critiques of business strategies that have been popularized like the Lean Startup. Like...

3 Lessons From Mike Maples For Aspiring VCs

After taking a look at Vinod Khosla's Lessons for Entrepreneurs, we pivoted this week to another giant in the industry with the top 3 VC lessons from Mike Maples. Mike had a great interview with the Origins podcast last year, centered around his transition from...

What the 4 P’s Mean for SaaS and How They Can Help You

Three years ago, we invited our longtime friend of Bowery and the CEO of Zuora, Tien Tzuo, to discuss his "Three Rooms" concept on the Bowery Capital Podcast. This past October we featured a review of his new book, Subscribed, which we highly recommend to any founder. One...

Vinod Khosla’s Lessons For Entrepreneurs

  As the new class of Bowery Capital interns began, we took time to listen to Vinod Khosla give his top lessons for entrepreneurs on Y Combinator’s podcast.  Before we dive in, a little more about Vinod.  He is the founder of Khosla Ventures, a firm...

The 7 Do’s and Don’t of Sales Reference Checks

The 7 Do’s and Don’t of Sales Reference Checks

I love sales reference checks. There’s a line you won’t hear very often, but it’s true. References are my favorite part of an interview process. It’s the social proof to back up what you’ve (hopefully) been able to learn throughout the interview process for a...

red herrings in early stage

Common Red Herrings In Early Stage Companies

Red herrings. Not the prospectus and not the fish. For the uninformed, we're talking about  something that misleads or distracts from a relevant or important issue. You find red herrings in early stage companies all the time  and they can sometimes kill your company. What...

Marketing Technology Predictions For 2019

At Bowery Capital, we spend a lot of time thinking about the marketing technology ecosystem and what the future holds for the space. With investments like MOAT, mParticle, and ActionIQ we are continuing to invest in and around this market. As we start 2019, we...

The Top 3 Yext Sales Lessons From The Company’s President

After a brief Thanksgiving break, we returned this week to Columbia Business School where Brian Distelburger, President and Co-Founder of Yext, offered his Top 3 Yext Sales Lessons. Before we jump in, a little more about Brian. Prior to co-founding Yext in 2006, he founded...

independent board members

Being Cautious About Independent Board Members

Supporting our entrepreneurs in the choosing of independent board members is something that has been front of mind for us recently as many of our companies have had the capability to add new blood to their Board of Directors. Fred Wilson had a great post...

The Top 3 Marriott Sales Lessons

After Bill Lennie gave his Top 3 Home Depot Sales Lessons last week, we returned to Columbia Business school where Brian King, the Senior Vice President of Sales at Marriott, gave his Top 3 Marriott Sales Lessons. Brian has been in the hospitality business for over twenty-five years....

book review of Under The Radar

Sunday B2B Book Review: Under The Radar by Robert Young

This Sunday we bring you a book review of Under The Radar by Robert Young. Written by the Founder & CEO of Red Hat, Robert Young chronicles the dramatic rise of the open-source movement and the emergence of Linux. If you don't know anything about Red Hat or the...

The Top 3 Home Depot Sales Lessons

After listening in last week on American Airlines' Top Two Sales Lessons, we returned again to Columbia Business School where Bill Lennie, Executive Vice President of Outside Sales & Service at The Home Depot gave his top three Home Depot sales lessons. Before we dive in, a little...