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Ian Foley, Xenon Ventures: On combining AI and blockchain and getting the use cases right

Ian Foley, venture partner at Xenon Ventures, sat down to talk with AI News about his career building startups, and his thoughts on AI and blockchain. On angel investing, he notes that it is “a great way to get into and understand industries which you may not have the time ...


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I'm an angel investor, but you probably shouldn't take my money — here's why

Here’s what Xenon Ventures founder Jonathan Siegel says about raising investment: “The idea that raising investment is a mark of success—and a badge of honor—destroys startups. Investment is a burden as much as an opportunity. It increases the pressure, corrupts your incentives, and creates a communications minefield. Court it at ...


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What a Successful Serial Entrepreneur Can Teach Us About Failure

Xenon Ventures chairman Jonathan Siegel is on the new episode of Foundr Magazine Podcast with Nathan Chan. On episode 159, titled “A Lifelong Founder Teaches Critical Lessons for New Entrepreneurs on Products, Investors, and Selling”, Jonathan Siegel discusses his new book The San Francisco Fallacy . “Failure is a natural ...


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Xenon Ventures founder publishes book The San Francisco Fallacy

Xenon Ventures founder Jonathan Siegel has published his new book, The San Francisco Fallacy: The Ten Fallacies That Make Founders Fail . THE SAN FRANCISCO FALLACY IS NOT ABOUT SAN FRANCISCO. Rather, it’s about the herd instincts that drive tech companies to set up shop there, and the mistakes these ...


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In Tough Climate, New Investors Scoop Up Startups and Revamp for Sale

After trying for four years and not generating enough growth, Walter Chen decided to sell his work productivity startup, iDoneThis. The Las Vegas company couldn’t raise new funding or find a suitable strategic buyer after initially raising $900,000 in seed funding. So in November Mr. Chen and his co-founder sold ...