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    I love teaching (Although I hate grading, but that’s why I invested in Gradescope. More on that some other time). Every time I interact with students, I find myself repeating the same contrarian advice to them over and over again. So I figured I should write up a quick post so that I can point students […]

    The post 3 contrarian pieces of advice for graduating students appeared first on K9 Ventures.


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    Today K9 Ventures’ portfolio company Everlaw announced that it has raised $8.1M in a Series A round led by Andreessen Horowitz, with participation from K9 Ventures. I couldn’t be more excited about Everlaw’s Series A round as it reflects a recognition of the amazing work that the company, co-founded by CEO AJ Shankar and Jeff […]

    The post Everlaw Raises Series A led by a16z appeared first on K9 Ventures.


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  • 01/26/16--13:45: Stealth is Overrated
  • “US Navy Sea Shadow stealth craft” by US Navy employee – http://www.chinfo.navy.mil/navpalib/factfile/ships/ship-sea.html. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons. I’ve tweeted this before… I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Stealth is overrated. Startups should use every opportunity to get their name out. — Manu Kumar (@ManuKumar) May 29, 2010 …and I’ve said it […]

    The post Stealth is Overrated appeared first on K9 Ventures.


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      “I love grading” — I doubt those words have ever been uttered in earnest! The only times I’ve ever heard them or even used them is with a healthy dose of sarcasm. Lot’s of people (me included) will say “I love teaching,” but that love for grading just doesn’t come naturally. Grading gets tedious […]

    The post Gradescope: AI for Grading and Assessment appeared first on K9 Ventures.


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      Last week I had the pleasure of chatting with Harry Stebbings from The Twenty Minute VC. Harry has done a phenomenal job of getting some of the top people in venture capital on his show and had high-quality, high-bandwidth, and chock full of good information conversations with them in a medium that is highly […]

    The post Manu Kumar on The Twenty Minute VC appeared first on K9 Ventures.


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        Every few weeks one of the founders of K9 Ventures’ portfolio companies forward over an email they’ve received from a “Partner” at a VC firm. And every time I go through the same ritual, explaining to the founder when to respond, when not to respond, and how to respond to such emails. So […]

    The post VC Cold Email Outreach: “The Only Winning Move is Not to Play” appeared first on K9 Ventures.


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    I started my tinkering with hardware first. As a kid I used to trek down to the “electronics bazaar” in New Delhi, known as Lajpat Rai Market, and go store to store to try and find the components I needed for whatever I was building. It was both fun and frustrating at the same time. […]

    The post You Can’t Spell Hardware without H-A-R-D appeared first on K9 Ventures.


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  • 09/14/16--16:41: Hardware-as-a-Service (HaaS)
  • A couple of years ago I was talking with a company that wanted to build robots. Their proposed price point for the robots was about $20K per unit. It would be a brand new product, that people had never really seen or experienced before, and it would replace some amount of human labor. After thinking […]

    The post Hardware-as-a-Service (HaaS) appeared first on K9 Ventures.


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  • 10/27/16--18:46: Rethinking Founder Vesting
  • So much of what we do in the tech industry is about innovation, disruption, and changing the status quo. But, when it comes to how we go about doing that some of the smaller details tend to get re-used based on previous norms and templates without being revisited or questioned. One of these norms is […]

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  • 01/05/17--10:13: Computing vs Medicine
  • In high school, one of the teachers who I respected a lot (she was also feared by a lot of my peers for being a strict disciplinarian) pulled me aside one day and suggested that I should really consider studying Biology and consider medicine as a future. Although my thinking back then as a 15 […]

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    We’ve all heard over and over again that “Startups are hard,” but it’s a hollow statement that just bounces off until you really experience it yourself. You have to feel it viscerally in order for it to really sink in. That very experience however, makes startup success that much more gratifying. The story of Bugsee […]

    The post Startup Metamorphosis: The Story of Bugsee appeared first on K9 Ventures.


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    Dear Founders, I know you are all super busy. So I put the key message I want you to get out of this post right in the title of the post. But I really do want you to read on and try to understand and internalize what I’m trying to say here, as it’s not […]

    The post Don’t let success get to your head appeared first on K9 Ventures.


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    Of all the advice I have given founders over the years, one of the most important ones is to make sure they do reference checks on their prospective investors. When founders do their homework on investors, they make informed choices about who they will be working with for many many years to come. As the […]

    The post How to reference check your prospective investor appeared first on K9 Ventures.


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      42: The Answer to the ultimate fund size? Those of you who have read or watched the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy are aware of the pop culture meme around the number 42. Yes, 42: The answer to life, the Universe, and everything. For anyone who hasn’t seen the movie, here’s a clip courtesy […]

    The post Announcing K9 Ventures III, L.P. – A $42M technology-focused Pre-Seed fund appeared first on K9 Ventures.


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  • 10/10/17--16:35: The Pre-Seed FAQ
  • One of the people I respect the most in the VC/PE media ecosystem is Dan Primack. I’ve been an avid reader of Dan’s Term Sheet while he was at Fortune, and now Pro Rata at Axios. His writings and knowledge of the inner workings of the VC/PE ecosystem is impressive, and I have learned a […]

    The post The Pre-Seed FAQ appeared first on K9 Ventures.


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    I’ve written about how Ideas Matter before. I’ve also written about Finding a Problem Worth Solving. And I’ve also written about my Contrarian Advice for Graduating Students. What follows is a set of slides from a talk I gave sometime last year (February 24rd, 2017) in Chuck Eeesly‘s E145: Technology Entrepreneurship class at Stanford. This […]

    The post Ideas Matter aka The Execution Myth appeared first on K9 Ventures.


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    Recently I attended a lunch where we were all asked to present something provocative/mind-blowing. I thought about that for a while and realized that I want my provocative thought to not be something that is a pie in the sky idea but instead something that is based on a series of logical conclusions. Well, here […]

    The post The Logical Evolution of Private Markets: A new class of company. appeared first on K9 Ventures.


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    I’m excited to announce K9 Ventures’ recent investment in Workona. K9 led the initial financing for Workona in December 2017. What is Workona? Well, this video does a great job of explaining that… so I’ll let the video do the talking… Quinn Morgan and Alma Madsen, the co-founders of Workona are alumni from another K9 […]

    The post Browsers were meant for browsing, but with Workona they’re now designed for working appeared first on K9 Ventures.


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    I last ordered business cards in 2009. I think I ordered a thousand of them. And I haven’t run out of them yet — because most times when I need them, I don’t have them on me. They’re either at the office, or in my car, or in my backpack; but never with me where/when […]

    The post Hi. Hello. And Bye Bye Business Cards! appeared first on K9 Ventures.


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