Why Your Startup Also Needs a BizOps Team

The title of “Business Operations” (or “BizOps”) has become one of the more buzz-y Silicon Valley terms as of late. At IVP, we saw an increasing number of growth-stage startups (many of which are in our own portfolio) recruit for and build out a BizOps team — Slack, Dropbox, CloudFlare, Stripe, Counsyl, NerdWallet, and ZipRecruiter, just to name a… Continue reading Why Your Startup Also Needs a BizOps Team

Free Ventures at Berkeley

I was recently invited to judge at Free Ventures, student-run incubator for UC Berkeley entrepreneurs. The program just completed its first semester of workshops and mentorship, with 5 student teams accepted out of a pool of ~40. This past Monday was their Demo day, which allowed each group to present to a panel of judges… Continue reading Free Ventures at Berkeley

NYU Stern: Start-up Demos Roundup

Recently, NYU Stern’s Entrepreneurs’ Exchange Club hosted a demo day showcasing 10 startups. The event kicked off with two keynotes by Ellie Wheeler (Greycroft) and Charlie O'Donnell (Brooklyn Bridge Ventures).  Ellie gave a great presentation on the state of VC, complete with charts and data points à la Mary Meeker. She hit home some of the trends… Continue reading NYU Stern: Start-up Demos Roundup

Applying to YC without an idea… good idea?

I read about YCombination’s latest announcement with mixed feelings. Initially, I was excited: “Well, I don’t have an idea!… I can apply to YC!” I was also highly skeptical – could a YC team without an idea be as successful as the others?  First, I think this change in requirements will significantly increase the noise… Continue reading Applying to YC without an idea… good idea?