How to Succeed as an eCommerce Brand in an Era of Dominant Retailers?

How to Succeed as an eCommerce Brand in an Era of Dominant Retailers?

There has always been tension between CPG (consumer packaged goods) companies and the retailers who sell their products to consumers. If a consumer will pay a fixed price for a product or service then the battle over who gets the margin in any sale is between the person who merchandises a product and the person…
The VC Inclusion Clause #MovingForward

The VC Inclusion Clause #MovingForward

Upfront Ventures has a deep-seated commitment to equality in funding & building diverse teams across all ethnicities, nationalities and genders. We do this not just because it’s the right thing to do but also we believe it will help drive large and differentiated returns.In 2017 we began inserting an “Inclusion Clause” into our term sheets…
Why Female Founder Office Hours is So Important

Why Female Founder Office Hours is So Important

If you haven’t yet heard about Female Founder Office Hours it is an initiative you should be aware of whether you’re male, female or any other gender identify. The idea is simple enough: several female VC partners at top funds will hold 1-hour meetings with 40 promising female entrepreneurs looking to get advice on their…
Three Bitcoin Billionaires Share Their Story of How They Moved Early into the Asset Class

Three Bitcoin Billionaires Share Their Story of How They Moved Early into the Asset...

At the recent Upfront Summit my partner Stuart Lander had the opportunity to show some California Love and interview three of the wealthiest Bitcoin owners, each of whom were some of the earliest owners in the asset class and who haven’t sold any of their holdings.It’s an extraordinary story ranging from Jaime who studies cryptography…
“Visibility” — A Powerful Lesson on DACA and The American Dream from @LeonKrauze

“Visibility” — A Powerful Lesson on DACA and The American Dream from @LeonKrauze

León Krauze from Univisión gave an impassioned keynote presentation at The Upfront Summit on the topic of “invisibility” of immigrant workers in our society. It moved people to tears, was widely Tweeted and several people asked me to share this video.Invisibility.The millions of immigrant workers who silently wash dishes in restaurants, are prep cooks, pick the…
How Tech Leaders & Venture Capitalists Can Get Out of Our “Man Box”

How Tech Leaders & Venture Capitalists Can Get Out of Our “Man Box”

If I had just one wish for VCs it would be that they would preview the Ted Bunch “Man Box” talk at the Upfront Summit at their Monday Partner Meetings. I would love it if startup leadership teams would preview it to their executive leadership.We need to learn from women and listen to them. We…
“What Unites Us” —Important Lessons from @danrather at the #UpfrontSummit

“What Unites Us” —Important Lessons from @danrather at the #UpfrontSummit

“The institution of a free press in America is in a state of crisis greater than I have ever seen in my lifetime, and perhaps in any moment in this nation’s history.” — Dan RatherI sat down to interview Dan Rather at the 2018 Upfront Summit about his outlook for our country one year into the Trump presidency.…
The Breakthrough Presentation that Stole the Upfront Summit

The Breakthrough Presentation that Stole the Upfront Summit

If a picture is worth a thousand words then you already know that Chamillionaire is having a great time with his new startup Convoz. He’s here on stage with Snoop Dogg and they had just dialed in Shaq to record a live video for his platform. It was just announced today on TechCrunch.We’ve known each…
Men Say …

Men Say …

Men use similar tropes on why #MeToo may go too far. It’s time to break these down.It’s time for more men to start saying, “enough is enough,” “I believe her,” and “I will step out of my comfort zone and speak up so that others feel empowered to follow me.”Men will make mistakes. But mistakes are much…
Why We Must Have Zero Tolerance for Sexual Misconduct (Venture Capital Edition)

Why We Must Have Zero Tolerance for Sexual Misconduct (Venture Capital Edition)

Time Magazine published its “person of the year” edition today and honored “the silence breakers” for speaking up and forcing our society to confront its position towards men in power exploiting their power for sexual gain. Real change is clearly needed.These brave women who have taken on personal risks and faced doubters to change the culture…

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