Category Tech Crunch

Here are all of the articles Ashkan Karbasfrooshan wrote for Tech Crunch between 2010 to 2012

To Pivot or Not to Pivot

“To pivot, or not to pivot, that is the question: Whether ’tis Nobler in the mind to suffer The Slings and Arrows of outrageous Fortune, Or to take Arms against a Sea of troubles.” Hamlet, were it set in Silicon… Continue Reading →

Six Lessons in Entrepreneurship

January 23, 2012 marks the 6-year anniversary of my company WatchMojo. In today’s post, I’m taking a look back at six of the most essential lessons I’ve learned over the years, starting from the beginning. Year 1 (2006) — Legal:… Continue Reading →

Things Entrepreneurs Should Avoid When Raising Capital

Alright, in my last post I argued that bootstrapping is just as over-rated as raising venture capital. But for those who decide to pursue fundraising, here are some things entrepreneurs should avoid when raising capital. For all of the talk about how… Continue Reading →

Why Bootstrapping Is Just As Over-Rated As Raising Venture Capital

Entrepreneurship requires balancing unbridled optimism with delusional foolishness.  Most entrepreneurs are mocked and misunderstood until they are wildly successful, at which point the chorus changes from “good luck with that ‘business’, pal” to “I always believed in ya, buddy!” Master of your Domain There… Continue Reading →

Why Salespeople Make Bad Fundraisers

Company founders are the quintessential cheerleaders, promoting their vision and company every chance they get.  But that doesn’t mean that they are necessarily the best at two core functions: selling and fundraising (and many are bad at both but excel at other functions,… Continue Reading →

12 Things That Won’t Happen In Online Video in 2012

There are no shortages of “predictions” articles, here I look at a dozen things that won’t happen in the world of online video in 2012, even though they should. 1)    We Will Have Standards and Definitions (No, we won’t) By the end… Continue Reading →

Is Video The New Software?

VC (TechCrunch contributor) Mark Suster published an article on his personal blog about one of his portfolio companies, Maker Studios.  Other players in that space include The Collective and Fullscreen. While Mark is clearly rationalizing his investment, his reasoning is worth understanding. However, I could not help… Continue Reading →

Lies Entrepreneurs Tell

Entrepreneurs are always in “sell mode”, but that doesn’t mean they need to be BS-artists.  Most entrepreneurs aren’t born liars, but we’re brought up in a system that rewards bad behavior and taking the easy way out by lying instead of being… Continue Reading →

Why So Many M&A Deals Fail

While some M&A deals turn out to be great successes, it’s no surprise that a lot of mergers and acquisitions fail.  The obvious factors explaining the failures include culture clashes or founders leaving—taking the DNA with them in the process. But… Continue Reading →

The Web Is Rewarding Greed and Bad Behavior (Business As Usual)

The world wide web prospered and is what it is today because its inventor Tim Berners-Lee didn’t give into temptation and greed and chose not to patent his invention.  But 20 years later, it’s evident that the only thing that most online leaders lead… Continue Reading →

Why Haven’t We Seen A Rollup Yet in Online Video?

Online video is booming and the are tons of small video companies across production, advertising, distribution, and technology.  Yet we have yet to see a serious attempt to roll up the industry.  The reasons, I submit, boil down to egos… Continue Reading →

The Rise Of Video Ad Networks

Venture capital is flowing into video ad networks: Brightroll recently raised $30 million, Yume raised $12 million.  Tremor Video’s raised over $100 million. But not everyone’s buying the hype: “it’s just not a big enough market for all the money invested, there can’t be six or… Continue Reading →

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