100 people doing something at the same time has far more power than 300 people doing it over time.
We unconsciously amplify the power of coordination when we consider the impact of actions. If there's a thousand people waiting outside of a store, we instantly believe we're seeing a phenomenon.
I was struck by how small, inaccurate and out of date this recent list of Angel investors in tech startups in Europe was. It’s time we published one on TechCrunch Europe. So feel free to leave your own nominations in the comments below. Meanwhile you can also contact me on mike AT mbites dot com to nominate tech angel investors, but remember to name the recent deals they’ve done.
Milano, 23 settembre 2010
Il workshop per le aziende con i grandi esperti italiani e internazionali.
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In a great summary of the NoSQL movement on Heroku's blog, Adam Wiggins gives the following examples of NoSQL usage:
Frequently-written, rarely read statistical data (for example, a web hit counter) should use an in-memory key/value store like Redis, or an update-in-place document store like MongoDB. Big Data (like weather stats or business analytics) will work best in a freeform, distributed db system like Hadoop. Binary assets (such as MP3s and PDFs) find a good home in a datastore that can serve directly to the user's browser, like Amazon S3. Transient data (like web sessions, locks, or short-term stats) should be kept in a transient datastore like Memcache If you need to be able to replicate your data set to multiple locations (such as syncing a music database between a web app and a mobile device), you'll want the replication features of CouchDB. High availability apps, where minimizing downtime is critical, will find great utility in the automatically clustered, redundant setup of datastores like Cassandra and Riak.
I will end this with a comment on the emerging seed and super seed fund models. They exist somewhere between angels and VCs and some are growing and turning into full blown VCs as I have mentioned recently in another blog post on this topic. Seed and super seed funds are "institutional angels" and as such I would mostly categorize them as angels. But many of them do have more capital at their disposal and can, at times, provide additional rounds of funding. So in some ways they are a hybrid. A syndicate of a seed fund or super seed fund and angels is a great way to go if you can put that together. A syndicate of a VC, a seed fund, and some angels might even be better.
To finish this post, I think entrepreneurs should target angels and seed funds when they are pre-launch but if they have the opportunity to pair a VC firm with angels and seed funds into a single syndicate they should do that because it will provide most stable funding platform for the business going forward.