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I was recently sent this video [Fireside Chat – Revenue Bootcamp Aug. 7th, 2009], posted by Building43, which features a Q&A session between:

–        Guy Kawasaki – Garage Technology Ventures

–        Mike Moritz – Sequoia Capital

–        Paul Graham – Y Combinator

It is a very worthwhile video to watch if you are an entrepreneur involved in an eVenture.  Guy hosts the forum and discusses early stage technology investing with Mike and Paul.  At my personal stage in this business I found the segment on revenue the most insightful and helpful.  I’ll leave the explanations up the experts.

Included below, is an outline of the questions asked and the time in the video at which they occur in case you don’t have 60+ minutes to watch the whole thing.

Q&A Outline:

  1. Paul Graham introduces Y Combinator. (1:00)
  2. Mike Moritz introduces Sequoia Capital. (2:10)
  3. What do investors look for in a startup? (4:45)
  4. How does Sequoia & YC perceive entrepreneur’s projected revenues? (8:05)
  5. How does an entrepreneur present a competitive landscape? (15:00)
  6. Why does it seem that all startups founders are in their twenties? (18:20)
  7. What should entrepreneurs expect investors to do for them? (22:12)
  8. Is there a point when a startup should give up? (28:25)
  9. What makes a good board meeting? (32:55)

10.  Audience Questions:

    • What is going to be the next big wave of innovation? (37:30)
    • How do you value a company and how much do you expect? (43:20)
    • Comments on Socially Responsible investing and Patient Capital. (45:18)
    • How do you feel about husband and wife teams? (49:18)
    • Thoughts on entering the Chinese market for investing? (51:20)
    • Guy – Do you have higher expectations for entrepreneurs to have a prototype? (56:15)
    • Prognosis for the current economy? (58:20)
    • What advice would you give an older CEO/Founder? (61:30)

      11.  Closing with Guy (63:50)


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