Author Archives: andyhpalmer

I’m not a fan of convertible notes…

I’ve been asked for opinions on convertible notes in seed rounds consistently for the past 10+ years.  I’m going to just say it again.  I am NOT a fan of convertible notes in seed rounds – I will always defer to founders wishes … Continue reading

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Gender Diversity Milestone @ Boston TechStars

The current TechStars ’17 Boston class is > 50% women.  That’s right the 2017 TechStars Boston class is more than half women Founders/CEOs.  AWESOME.  JUST AWESOME. This fact was reported lightly at xconomy and BostonInno – but I believe this milestone deserves a … Continue reading

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basic business SaaS services for start-ups

Over the past 10 years I’ve tried many of the SaaS offerings that enable small companies to manage their operations as if they are much larger companies.  While many economists bemoan the loss of jobs due to productivity – for any … Continue reading

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Concepting: Strategy’s New Best Friend

Guest post below from Christine Pillsbury & Geordie McClelland @ Altr Most of us in the world of marketing and product development are given one of two hats: strategy or creative. When talking with clients or peers, we might say “we’re on … Continue reading

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The Boss has it right…

Amy and I were in London last week and she couldn’t stop reading the Bruce Springsteen autobiography “Born to Run”. She came across this passage which she sent to me with the note “this reminds me of how you feel about … Continue reading

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Right cost & tech curve for storage…

Whenever Amazon reduces the price of S3 (as they did last week)- I’m reminded of how important it is to be on the right “cost curve” for storage.  There is still a bias in large enterprises toward on-premise storage that is … Continue reading

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Harry Weller – Great Investor & Even Better Person.

I am deeply saddened by the loss of Harry Weller.  Harry was my friend and trusted colleague.  We worked together on many companies including Vertica and Tamr where NEA was a lead investor. Any time I was faced with an … Continue reading

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