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What Will Happen to Venture Capital When the Recession Hits?

“The four most dangerous words in investing are "This time it’s different." The wise words of legendary investor John Templeton ring true today; with an inverted yield curve appearing after a decade in a bullish market, many economists in the United States are predicting an economic...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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....

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...

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...

The Four Waves Of AI

As many folks who read our blog are well aware, we have been interested and invested in companies focused on AI for some time now. We write about the topic a fair amount and earlier this year covered some thinking about policy implications as AI...

Sunday B2B Book Review: Hit Refresh by Satya Nadella

Another Sunday here at Bowery Capital means another book review. This week we feature a book review of Hit Refresh by Satya Nadella. Nadella is a household name to everyone who reads our blog and likely needs no introduction. He became the third CEO of Microsoft...

The Top Two Airline Sales Lessons

The Top Two Airline Sales Lessons

In keeping with tradition, we returned last night to Columbia Business School to hear Johna Johnson, the Vice President of East Sales at American Airlines, offer her top two airline sales lessons. Johna has been active in the travel industry for over twenty-nine years and prior...

Book Review Of Subscribed

Sunday B2B Book Review: Subscribed by Tien Tzuo

This Sunday we feature a book review of Subscribed. Author Tien Tzuo is widely recognized as one of the thought leaders in the SaaS, founding Zuora in 2007. He built the business into a public company with 1,000+ customers, 1,000+ employees, and $100MM+ in revenue. Before Zuora,...

Maximizing Potential: Verizon Sales Lessons

Keeping in line with one of last week's posts, Startup Sales Lessons From The Beer Industry, we headed back to Columbia Business School where Ken Dixon, President of Consumer Sales & Service at Verizon, gave us his Verizon sales lessons. Before we get going, a little more...

sales learning curve

The Sales Learning Curve For Start-Up Companies

The sales learning curve is an important concept introduced by Stanford professors Mark Leslie and Charles Holloway roughly 12 years ago. It is a concept that we have borrowed from a lot here at Bowery Capital and believe it remains one of the more underrated...

SaaS revenue tools

Cool SaaS Revenue Tools We Are Noticing Lately

Our Acceleration Team spends a ton of time helping seed stage companies set up the right systems, infrastructure, and processes, to help them achieve product/market fit and hopefully outsized revenue growth. A big part of this effort is the recommendation of tooling that saves companies...

non-competes

Thinking About Non-Competes For Companies

For those that have been in the trenches of the talent wars going on in the technology ecosystem here in NYC we were encouraged to hear recently about the fact that WeWork had settled with the AG on their recent non-compete issues. As a result...

Quick Thoughts on Twilio Acquiring SendGrid

Quick Thoughts on Twilio Acquiring SendGrid

Twilio announced that it will be acquiring SendGrid, the world's first cloud-based email delivery platform, for $2B in an all-stock transaction. SendGrid has around 75,000 customers who use the platform to send roughly 45B emails per month, even handling APIs for companies like Uber and...

book review of behind the cloud

Sunday B2B Book Review: Behind The Cloud by Marc Benioff

We continue this Sunday with our book reviews from great business software leaders. This week, we give you a book review of Behind The Cloud by Marc Benioff. The book, published in 2009, is a compilation of Benioff's personal account on how he started Salesforce, the...

revenue meeting

Revenue Meetings For Early Stage Founders

One of the critical paths to success for any early stage business software company is revenue generation. If you don't achieve product/market fit you are either dead or in limbo. Most business software companies begin with "founder selling" where the founder does all of the...