Building A Moat In A Bubble: Navigating Today’s Financing Environment

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Editor’s note: Pravin Vazirani is a Managing Director at Menlo Ventures and focuses on investments in the cloud, SaaS, and E-commerce sectors. His current investments and board seats include: Carbonite (NASDAQ: CARB), FiveStars, Glympse, Lumosity, Nexenta, Poshmark, Stance, The Black Tux, and vArmour.

Two weeks ago, the NASDAQ recently topped its all-time high set in March 2000, and today there are over 50 private “unicorn” companies with valuations of more than $1 billion. Private tech companies have easier and faster access to capital than ever before – financing rounds of $100 million or more (which would have been considered a “blockbuster” IPO 15 years ago) are increasingly common for private companies.

Are we really partying like it’s 1999? Are we in a boom or bubble? And, most importantly, what should entrepreneurs today do about it?

Having just closed Menlo Ventures XII, a $400 million fund focused on early- to growth-stage technology companies…

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