Trish Costello

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A VC: What I Have Learned From Kickstarter

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I suspect that Perry could have bootstrapped Kickstarter without VC and maybe he should have. But I am sure glad he did not, as we feel incredibly fortunate to be along for this ride. Networks and markets are slowly changing the global economy and the creative sector is at the forefront of these changes..

Trish Costello‘s insight:

Visionary Founder/CEO of Kickstarter moved to Chairman role after 5 years and 5 Million backers.  Kickstarter drew the roadmap for a new consumer-creater relationship. 

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ff Venture Capital Is First VC Fund To Raise Capital Under The JOBS Act

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ff Venture Capital is the first VC to Raise a fund under The JOBS Act:  “The ban on general solicitation…This hinders VCs from letting anyone know they are raising capital, and sharing their historical performance, infrastructure, and capabilities.  Thus, capital has flowed to players with brand, history, and lots of well-known companies on their website, not based on their actual returns. ” 

Trish Costello‘s insight:

The Venture Capital industry, as we have known it for the last 50+ years,  is forever changed by all aspects of crowdfunding, or as we see it, collaborative investing.    Look to the media industry to see an analog of the future.  The ‘best of the best’ will always be successful, but the traditional Venture capital firm will be but one option to finance entrepreneurs.  

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Monisha Perkash: I Experienced It First-Hand

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 Monisha Perkash, co-founder and CEO OF LUMO Body Tech Inc. writes in the WSJ: As a woman founder, I work with my two male co-founders to try and level the playing field by finding talent from a pool that extends beyond the “typical” startup jockeys..

Trish Costello‘s insight:

@Mperkash writes about gender bias experiences that ‘wear on the psyche’ in the WSJ.  So many of us have been there, yet I’m radically optimistic that the times they are rapidly a-changin’ !  

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Venture Capital Trends by State, Industry (Infographic)

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Venture capitalists invest approximately $20 billion a year into U.S. companies. Where does the money go? This infographic has the answers.

Trish Costello‘s insight:

I have a soft spot for great infographics and this one effectively shows where VC’s are putting their money to work, by stage, industry and geography. @Portfolia1

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Calling Hardware Startups, Compete In Hardware Battlefield For $50,000 | TechCrunch

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Gadgets, gizmos and things are hot. With the rise of crowdfunding and easier paths to manufacturing, there are more gadgeteers than ever before.

Trish Costello‘s insight:

Consumer hardware is hot as much of the newest technology targets and is tested in the consumer markets and moves up to the enterprise.  Another way that the start up development world is flipping.  @portfolia1

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Fred Wilson’s predictions for AngelList come true

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A few months ago at a New York PandoMonthly, Fred Wilson predicted that the venture business as we know it today would not exist. “The idea that everybody has to put hundreds of millions of dollars…

Trish Costello‘s insight:

Fred’s prediction about the disruption of the traditional venture capital model is coming true, but Angel List is just the beginning.  In many ways, its a ‘better, cheaper, faster’ approach to traditional venture capital.  Keep an eye out for Portfolia, which portends a real change to the status quo.

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Wearable Gadgets Are Still Not Getting The Attention They Deserve — Here’s Why They Will Create A Massive New Market

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Wearable computing will become a $12 billion-sized category in the next five years. These are the reasons why skeptics underestimate wearables.

Trish Costello‘s insight:

This is a great space for smart, connected consumers to invest and create markets.

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Wearable Gadgets Are Still Not Getting The Attention They Deserve — Here’s Why They Will Create A Massive New Market

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Wearable computing will become a $12 billion-sized category in the next five years. These are the reasons why skeptics underestimate wearables.

Trish Costello‘s insight:

This is a great market that smart, connected consumers understand but could be missed by the most sophisticated investors.  Simple, often inexpensive solutions to unmet needs, which can have outsized returns for small investors. The perfect recipe for @Portfolia1 

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48% of Americans Want to Be Entrepreneurs

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Seven out of 10 entrepreneurs would start their businesses all over again, and almost half of all Americans want to begin their own.

Trish Costello‘s insight:

Portfolia will let everyone be a part of entrepreneurial companies by letting all of us invest even small amounts in the young companies we believe in.  At Portfolia.com

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