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BuzzPal and BuzzPal Blog Update

Posted in buzzpal philosophy, domain names, other people's blogs, startups, venture capital with tags , , , , , on February 6, 2010 by chrisco

Things might be quiet around here for a little while, as we’re pretty busy with BuzzPal and other projects, plus doing some consulting for select pre-funded, seed/angel-funded, and VC-funded founders and web startups. What kinds of consulting and advising? Everything that you see listed in the “Specialties” section of my LinkedIn profile.

If you’re raising outside investment (angel or VC) and you’re thinking of contacting me, it might be good to do it before the cows leave the barn (i.e., before you get too far down the road, and certainly before you negotiate or sign any investment-related documents). Why? See the “Bootstrap or Die” case study for one example.

My background, in a nutshell:

  • Debt and equity venture finance, from the late ’90s Internet bubble, through its crash, restructurings, and recovery.
  • Specialist in subscription-based business models (often with advertising and ancillary product/service components).
  • Been through an IPO and sold stock for a decent profit.
  • Been invited to participate in, and cover, various startup and Web 2.0 events around Europe.
  • Founder and seed investor in two seed-stage projects.
  • Assembled an international distributed team of professionals.
  • Growing that team: Currently looking for an expert web app interface designer and front-end developer for layout, typography, color, HTML, CSS, Javascript, internationalization, speed/performance best practices, working with A/B testing, multivariate testing, and more. Ideally 1-2 people covering that and working with us, our prototypes, and developers to create great user experiences and value.
  • Started a new blog — — in February 2010. It’s first post made CenterNetworks’ “Weekend Entrepreneurial Reading” list and got over 2000 views in its first week.
  • See my LinkedIn profile and personal blog, pics, and personal Twitter account for more. See here for the TMI version.
  • Get in touch here.

Yokum Taku’s Take On Vesting

Posted in articles, buzzpal philosophy, buzzpal updates, other people's blogs, startups, venture capital with tags , , , on August 30, 2009 by chrisco

If you are (or are interested in becoming) a startup founder, early team member or investor, check out Yokum's blog.

A lot’s been going on over at BuzzPal these past couple of months. Besides design and development work, we’re growing the team, forming a new company, negotiating terms, drafting documents, and generally working through all the administrative stuff you gotta do to get a clean start.

One of the questions everybody goes through at this point is: “Who should get how much equity and under what terms and conditions and vesting”? Yokum’s article (below) is about that “vesting” part (other parts to be discussed some below).

Yokum suggests standard 4-year vesting with a 1-year cliff, then equal monthly vesting. It’s hard to argue with that.  Indeed, it’s what I got at MCG (I got options that where converted to restricted stock before our IPO in 2001) and it’s most people get if and when they get equity.

That said, Basil Peters, whose blog,, should also be on your list, makes a strong case that, for founders and co-founders at least:

“[T]he most fair and equitable structure, and the one that maximizes the alignment between the founders and the investors, is to vest like this:

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TechCrunchTalk Nordic and Burt After Party

Posted in events, pics, startups, venture capital, videos on June 5, 2009 by chrisco

Just time to post a few pics from the excellent TechCrunchTalk Nordic in Stockholm last week. Coverage and videos here: TechCrunch and ArcticStartup. Lot of fun and interesting people at the event, including a strong showing from the Gothenburg crew!

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The 120% Solution

Posted in buzzpal philosophy, other people's blogs, startups, venture capital on December 14, 2008 by chrisco

An excerpt from Jason Calacanis’ excellent email list (subscribe):

The 120% Solution
By Jason Calcanis

If we’re going to have any chance of bringing America back to greatness, we’re all going to have to work 20% more than we have been.

I’m suggesting that, until America takes care of its debt, untangles the housing mess and gets unemployment under control, we all commit to working six days a week. Yep, move the standard 35-40 hour work week right up to 48 hours.

For me and my team, this is a non-issue, since we only hire folks who are looking to absolutely kill it, love what they do and don’t consider it a job.

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Web 2.0 Expo Berlin Photo Story

Posted in buzzpal philosophy, buzzpal updates, events, pics, startups, venture capital on November 5, 2008 by chrisco I decided to try something different this time. Instead of writing a standard blogger’s report, I thought it would be neat to put together a photo story of the event, from the opening day and happy hour to the Wednesday and Thursday’s sessions and events, including the great parties each night.

Unfortunately, I did not arrive until then end of the day Tuesday, just in time for the tail end of Startup Ignite, during SoundCloud’s excellent pitch. See full coverage of all the startups on TechCrunch UK.

As many of you know (see my comments at the end of this blog post), entrepreneurs trying to take dreams to reality hold a dear place in my heart. I see them as the ultimate blend of artist, athlete, business person, and politician (in the good way). They are also the ultimate optimists, following their hearts and dreams, undaunted by the doubters and naysayers, relishing the challenge, creating something out of nothing. Dreams to reality. Yes, we can.

Additional comments and links are below, as well as the rest of this photo story:

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Gearing up for Web 2.0 Expo in Berlin

Posted in buzzpal updates, design & development, events, startups, venture capital on October 15, 2008 by chrisco

Just a quick post after a busy few weeks back from London:

BuzzPal and I will be in Berlin next week for the Web 2.0 Expo, staying at the Best Western Hotel am Spittelmarkt.

Here’s is my my conference profile, but the best way to connect there will probably be by Twitter ( or mobile phone (will post the number on Twitter).  Let’s hook up!

Especially other startup founders and teams, prospective team members, freelancers and/or design firms. Also prospective angel investors and of course media and bloggers.

And maybe most of all, to all you other fun and interesting people: Let’s grab a beer and party!


REMEMBER: “Eighty percent of success is showing up” –Woody Allen

Back From Busy Week in London

Posted in buzzpal philosophy, buzzpal updates, events, pics, recruiting, startups, venture capital on September 24, 2008 by chrisco

(first three pics: Google Developer Day; Seedcamp OpenCoffee; Christian Geissendoerfer and Thomas Schindler, the founders of French Seedcamp startup YOOSE, at the TechCrunch TechTalk, an event that BuzzPal – The World Is Your Party! co-sponsored)

Here’s what we (BuzzPal & me) did in London during Seedcamp week (Sept. 14-20).  After that are more pics.

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