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Ho Nam
Ho Nam is a Partner at Altos Ventures and lives and works in Menlo Park, California.
Interests: business, innovation, reading, sports, gadgets, family, investing, entrepreneurship, leadership
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This is the second in a series of posts discussing rapid growth. The first post talked about the idea of startups as temporary organizations focused on “discovery” rather than “execution.” The successful ones grow to become companies that can deliver... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2012 at Altos Ventures Musings
“A startup is a temporary organization designed to search for a repeatable and scalable business model.” - Steve Blank Once a startup has found product-market fit and a repeatable and scalable business model, what’s next? How about growing the business... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2012 at Altos Ventures Musings
I regret to say that I've personally served on a dozen boards of venture backed companies that have replaced CEOs. It's usually not a good sign. It doesn't mean those start-ups were doomed; but it does mean drastic change was... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2011 at Altos Ventures Musings
Customers will always tell you they want better products and lower prices. They might even be able to articulate how much better certain products should be. But don’t expect them to be able to tell you how different those products... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2011 at Altos Ventures Musings
Fred Wilson wrote a post yesterday talking about Mission Based Businesses and how critical passion is to building a successful business. Which comes first? Passion for a great mission or a successful business? Conventional wisdom is that passion comes first... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2011 at Altos Ventures Musings
There is lots of talk about a new bubble forming...countless blog posts and discussions over the past year which I won't revisit. The latest theory is that the DST investment in Facebook in 2009 was the Netscape moment of the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2011 at Altos Ventures Musings
"Capital efficiency" is such an over used term these days I don't even know what it means anymore. Some startups think that burning $100k per month is too high while others think $100k/mo is close enough to zero that it's... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2010 at Altos Ventures Musings
Paul Graham published an essay about "the problems that hosed Yahoo" which got shared by many people via Twitter and Hacker News. Many people called it "customarily brilliant." I really enjoy Paul's writings but this one didn't sit well with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2010 at Altos Ventures Musings
First Round Capital's Josh Kopelman recently wrote a great post talking about entrepreneurs as heat seeking missles. Here is an excerpt: I've lately started to realize that our most successful companies are led by entrepreneurs who have a unique talent... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2010 at Altos Ventures Musings
Good advice. Another way to think about it is "focus on what you control." The luck should even out at the end (hopefully). A bit off topic, but wrote this post a while ago entitled Focus on the Controllables:
A few days ago, Michael Arrington posted The Third Disruptive Wave in which he postulates we are entering the Age of Facebook. He later goes on to say that the "Third Wave is happening, but that doesn’t mean that Facebook,... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2010 at Altos Ventures Musings
I recently came across this great essay by Henry Ford, thanks to a Tweet by @daringfireball who likened it to some of Steve Jobs' Open Letters (see his thoughts on Flash and his thoughts on music). In 1908, the thoughts... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2010 at Altos Ventures Musings
John Doerr and Fred Wilson are among the very best VCs in the world. Surprisingly, they have very different takes on the iPad which were published this morning. Today's Techcrunch guest post by John and his partners from Kleiner Perkins... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2010 at Altos Ventures Musings
I'd like to start tracking the best fat startups to see how they do over time. Please email me suggestions of the latest and greatest fat startups. You can also submit suggestions as a comment to this post (which is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2010 at Altos Ventures Musings
I found this from the transcript of a Charlie Rose interview with Ken Auletta, right after "Googled" was published. It is interesting to hear about what Bill Gates worried about back in 1998, near the all time peak of his... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2010 at Altos Ventures Musings
Like many of you, I've been following a fascinating and important debate between Ben Horowitz and Fred Wilson over the past couple of days. To recap, it all started with this post: The Case for the Fat Startup. Fred then... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2010 at Altos Ventures Musings
Have you noticed all the talk and blog posts about failing? Here are some examples: Peter Rip: Fail Fast, Fail Often Josh Kopelman: Failing Cheaper Brad Feld: The Best Entrepreneurs Know How to Fail Fast Scott Wolfgang: Even VCs Should... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2010 at Altos Ventures Musings
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Mar 15, 2010
Boy people sure do seem to hate the name iPad. I heard that iTampon was the #3 trending topic on Twitter yesterday! Here are some things that people said about another Apple product - the iPod. IPOD stands for: "I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2010 at Altos Ventures Musings
Thanks to a tweet this morning by @angusdav I came across a great article in The Atlantic about "one of the most stunning findings to come out of education research in the past decade." Here is the punchline: "more than... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2010 at Altos Ventures Musings
There has been a huge amount of hype surrounding the NexusOne, the Google phone, which was officially launched this morning. After playing around with my N1 for a couple of days during the Holiday break, I decided that it was... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2010 at Altos Ventures Musings
"The quality and quantity of the financial backing that has received for this latest round of financing clearly indicates that we have a model that is both viable and sustainable." - Homegocer's CEO in 1999 Press Release announcing $100mm... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2009 at Altos Ventures Musings
Hard working entrepreneurs and their companies often feel over-committed. There are always too many things to get done and not enough resources. One of our companies that is growing at 200%+ this year was feeling that way and we had... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2009 at Altos Ventures Musings
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Jun 12, 2009