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Jumpspeed Ventures Lending Library

To be clear: I publish this list every year not to #HumbleBrag or show off. In fact, I am kinda-sorta embarrassed that this list exposes many important works that I had not yet read. Don’t judge me.

Also, other than the “Top Ten” these are not necessarily recommendations, just a…


Jumpspeed Ventures is an early-stage (pre-seed/seed) VC fund that invests exclusively in tech startups originating from the dynamic and resurgent Jerusalem, Israel startup ecosystem. This is a brief memo to our entrepreneurial community, to (hopefully) transparently and clearly state that we are “Open for Business” and what that means.

Under…


“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers” — Harry S. Truman

Your brain is your largest muscle (at least for most people). You need to work it out regularly. Most of the people I admire most, in both business and life in general, are voracious readers, and…


I think some venture investors might overstep our bounds when discussing our personal involvement with our firms’ portfolio companies. If so I’m occasionally guilty as well, but I do at least try very hard to be vigilant about avoiding the trap.

I’m specifically referring to venture investors using phrases like…


Many founders — particularly first-time founders — struggle with the mental chaos of startup leadership. Sometimes it seems like your brain is being pulled in different directions. And that’s exactly the way it should be, at least in the Jungle stage.

One of Jumpspeed’s LPs held a day-long roundtable discussion…


“Consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds”

- How most people quote Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance

“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance

Earlier this week, Andreessen Horowitz announced that it had broken one of its long-standing rules for the first time, promoting…


A few weeks ago a gentleman from a prestigious UK university met with me and others in our community to gather information and input on his university’s proposed new entrepreneurship program, given our experience with similar programs in our local ecosystem. He told us that the university would likely house…


Whichever side of the venture capital table you are on — founder, or investor — I believe that one of the most elusive, yet most important (if not the most important) traits you must attain, is Wisdom.

Both founders and investors have to make countless decisions based on imperfect information…


Bilal Zuberi writes in his thoughtful post on “Learning as a VC”:

I am quite surprised why I still feel so many VCs still keep ‘faking’ it. Maybe its because VCs unfortunately get put on high pedestals of startup scholarship very quickly, regardless of their backgrounds. …

Ben Wiener

@BeninJLM. Rare Medium posts, hopefully well done.

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