Today's Investor: Jules Maltz

Kristin Karaoglu · October 15, 2012 · Short URL: https://vator.tv/n/24be

No. 1 mistake: Not focusing

Today's Investor is Jules Maltz, a late-stage VC. He typically invests more than $2.5M to internet, mobile and saas companies. Some of his investments include BuddyMedia, Yext, Dropbox and WhaleShark. Jules will join us at Splash NY - December 5, 2012 as a speaker.

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I am a(n):
Investor

Companies I've founded or co-founded:
AdNectar

Companies I've invested in:
Buddy Media, Marketo, ngmoco, LivingSocial, Spiceworks, Sugar, Twitter, Yext

Startups I worked for:
AdMob

My favorite startups:
Twitter, Facebook, Palantir, LivingSocial

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?
The pace of change is both frustrating and rewarding. Once you get to know a sector, things change rapidly and your knowledge becomes obsolete. It's this constant birth and death of technology that creates opportunities for new startups and makes the job rewarding.

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs make?
Not focusing. Less is more when you're starting a business. I hate the check mark slide where a startup says they will win because they will do everything (while big companies only do one piece). Startups win by doing one thing - and doing it really well. Once you get big, you can diversify your product offering.

What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?
I'm not an entrepreneur. I just like spending time with them

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Jules Maltz

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Jules Maltz is a General Partner at IVP and led IVP's investments in Buddy Media (CRM), Checkr, Dropbox, Indiegogo, NerdWallet, Oportun, RetailMeNot (SALE), Slack, SteelBrick, TuneIn, Zendesk (ZEN), and Zenefits

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