by Adam on December 23, 2014

Continuing in our spate of 2013 foodtech acquisitions, OpenTable recently announced an $11.5MM acquisition of QuickCue, a restaurant provider of management services for dine-in guests. http://press.opentable.com/releasedetail.cfm?releaseid=814165 I’m particularly interested in the news because OpenTable is establishing itself as one go-to acquirer of early-stage companies in the restaurant-tech space. It’s good news for any company trying […]

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OpenTable Acquires QuickCue

by Adam on December 23, 2013

Continuing in our spate of 2013 foodtech acquisitions, OpenTable recently announced an $11.5MM acquisition of QuickCue, a restaurant provider of management services for dine-in guests. http://press.opentable.com/releasedetail.cfm?releaseid=814165 I’m particularly interested in the news because OpenTable is establishing itself as one go-to acquirer of early-stage companies in the restaurant-tech space. It’s good news for any company trying […]

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LifeLock Acquires Lemon Mobile Wallet

by Adam on December 16, 2013

LifeLock announced a few days ago that they had completed the acquisition of Lemon, Inc, a mobile wallet innovation company, for just under $50MM in cash, and an amount of unvested equity that’s commiserate with deals of this type (whatever that means). You can read more about news of the acquisition here: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/leading-identity-theft-protection-company-120000660.html While it […]

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Sysco Buys US Foods for $3.5 Billion (with a “B”)

December 9, 2013

I suppose it has something to do with the holiday season or the end of the year that money is flying around so freely. Last week, we had the announcement about the E La Carte partnership with Applebee’s, and today Sysco announced a deal to buy US Foods for $3.5 billion (and yes, that is […]

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E La Carte Announces Partnership with Applebee’s

December 2, 2013

Earlier today, E La Carte announced that it had entered into a long-term partnership with the popular Applebee’s restaurant chain to provide 100K tablets for a national roll-out by the end of 2014. You can read full details of the announcement here: http://techcrunch.com/2013/12/02/e-la-carte-scores-deal-with-applebees-bringing-100000-tableside-tablets-to-all-u-s-locations-by-year-end-2014/ The news is ground-breaking insofar as it represents the first major inroad […]

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Startup Valuations

November 22, 2013

In the lifecycle of a startup company, raising money and finding investment to fuel growth can be one of the biggest stumbling blocks of an entrepreneur’s career. With that, the issue of startup valuation goes hand-in-hand with questions about how much to raise, and from whom. Initial valuations of companies can have an effect on […]

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The Brainstorming Roadblock

November 14, 2013

I’ve recently been enamored of Medium, a new content initiative founded by Evan Williams of Twitter fame (among other things). I’ve started spending time each week perusing articles, oftentimes finding really well-written and thoughtful content that informs both my business and personal life. So, it was with a special feeling of affection (perhaps because it’s […]

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Anatomy of a Successful Startup

November 5, 2013

When on panels and at conferences related to investing and entrepreneurship, I’m often asked what it is that makes a startup jump-out to potential investors. In a sea of noise and flash-in-the-pans, what ideas have staying power that will attract investment dollars? It’s a tricky question, and one that isn’t entirely objective because every investor […]

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The JOBS Act and Crowdfunding

October 27, 2013

Earlier this year, the SEC voted in favor of lifting the ban on general solicitation for private companies seeking investment, as part of the JOBS Act put into effect in April 2012. This initial step held great potential for entrepreneurs, primarily because it meant that they could now go out and actively advertise their investment […]

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Vision + Strategy = Mission

October 18, 2013

I recently had the opportunity to participate in a brainstorming session to help a new company begin to synthesize its mission statement. After several rounds of back and forth with a group of entrepreneurs, in which we had thrown around a number of taglines and punchy phrases that were meant to stand in place of […]

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