Archive for May 6th, 2011

Bessemer Partner David Cowan fireside chat @ Startup Grind (Video)

May 6, 2011

Last week David Cowan of Bessemer Venture Partners joined the Startup Grind Meetup for an hour-long chat with a packed house. More than 20 of David’s startup investments have gone on to IPO. His historical portfolio includes: Flycast, Hotjobs, and Playdom.

David told some amazing stories like the founding of Verisign (which he co-founded), the founding of Smule, and other insights into the Venture Capital and startup world that offer a rare glimpse inside theinner workings of a top Venture Capitalist. You should also follow David’s blog and Twitter feed.

Video highlights:

3 mins – David’s journey to Venture Capital
8 mins – The founding of Verisign
15 mins – The hiring of a great CEO
19 mins – How startups have evolved in the past 20 yrs
26 mins – Founding of Smule
35 mins – How to pitch a top tier firm
37 mins – The defining characteristic of a great entrepreneur
43 mins – As a first time entrepreneur, what would you do…