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User Manual: The Early Stage Startups I Want To Hear About Most in 2017 and 2018

About KEC Ventures We are a team of early-stage investors based in New York City. We invest in information technology startups that are pursuing business models with the potential to transform the way business is done in their market. In such startups, we invest in the first institutional Seed Round. Often, but not always, we […]

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#OpposingViewpoints: Do Economic Moats Happen By Accident?

Do economic moats occur naturally or by accident? I had never contemplated this question till Andy Rachleff graciously emailed me back after I sent him my presentation on economic moats seeking his comments about two weeks ago. Why did I email Andy? That’s a great question. In early 2010, when it started becoming clear that we […]

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Economic Moats – For Early-Stage Tech Startups (Presentation)

This presentation distills the essence of the following blog posts into a presentation format. The target audience is early-stage startup founders, and investors. Economic Moats Blog Post Series Network Effects Switching Costs Intangibles Efficient Scale, and Cost Advantages Connecting The Dots #OpposingViewpoints: Do Economic Moats Happen By Accident?

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#NotesOnTactics: Relationship Management Hacks For First-Time Early Stage Tech Startup Founders – Connecting The Dots

The post in which I offered some suggestions about how a first-time founder might make the fundraising process more efficient and less frustrating raised some follow-up questions that were sent to me via email by a handful of founders who read the post over the weekend. We went back-and-forth over email, but I think it […]

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#NotesOnStrategy: Mental Models About Demand, Supply, and Markets For Early Stage Technology Startups

Alternate Title: An Exhaustive Introductory Guide To Demand, Supply, and Price Theory; For First-Time Tech Startup Founders. To know that we know what we know, and that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge. – Henry David Thoreau Introduction I am always surprised when I am speaking with founders and […]

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#NotesOnStrategy: Tips For Early Stage Startup Founders on How To Build A Culture of Accountability

CULTURE EATS STRATEGY FOR BREAKFAST, OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE FOR LUNCH, AND EVERYTHING ELSE FOR DINNER. – Bill Aulet During one of our weekly Monday morning team meetings we were talking about one of the startups in our portfolio . . . Things are going well; the product is pretty good and improving, sales are increasing, revenue […]

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“Liking” Facebook’s Business Model – The #EconomicMoats Remix

Note: I published “Liking” Facebook’s Business Model on December 26, 20011 at Tekedia. This article updates that discussion by incorporating developments since then. It also folds in discussion of the economic moats that Facebook has developed around its business. Large segments of this article are exactly identical to the post that was published by Tekedia […]

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Connecting The Dots: Economic Moats & Early Stage Technology Startups

I started writing about economic moats in September 2014. Since then I have written about Network Effects, Switching Costs, Intangibles, and Efficient Scale and Cost Advantages. The purpose of those posts was to outline how I think about economic moats while I am studying a seed stage startup and trying to determine how things might unfold […]

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Revisiting What I Know About Efficient Scale, Cost Advantages, & Early Stage Technology Startups

This is the fourth post in my series of blog posts on economic moats. I have already written about Network Effects, Switching Costs, and Intangibles. In this post I will discuss how Cost Advantages and Efficient Scale might develop as an early stage startup travels through the discovery phase of its life-cycle. 1Any errors in appropriately […]

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