Josh Felser

After graduating from Duke and then The Fuqua School of Business, I knew I would never fit in as a big company employee. Entrepreneurship drew me in with its [high energy and immense impact potential]. I ended up co-founding Spinner and Grouper/Crackle, acquired by AOL Time Warner and Sony for $320 million and $65 million, respectively. I also co-founded FYI Living, the “Mythbusters” for health information,” and #climate, a non-profit using social media to inspire real action to counter climate change. Founding Freestyle seemed like a natural next step. Early-stage investing was the perfect fit, allowing me to still harness the startup energy and also help companies grow.

To me and Freestyle, success isn’t just about money. Success also comes in the form of gratitude from entrepreneurs when I am able to go above and beyond in helping them navigate the highs and lows of starting and running a [successful] company. I strive to create a high level of mutual respect in the VC/founder relationship, made easier because of my first hand Founder knowledge. 

Outside the world of VC, you can catch me DJing every summer at Burning Man, trekking the globe, and following my daily Peloton and meditation routine.

Josh Speaks

Does Your Company NEED to Exist??

About 18 months ago I had an unsettling epiphany: being a venture capitalist can be really boring. I know. I know. This is a first world problem, but it’s my problem nonetheless. And I also recognize that this post is a little self-indulgent.

Freestyle Announces Fund IV

Freestyle is delighted to announce that we have closed our 4th venture capital fund and added Jenny Lefcourt as a full and equal partner. We now have a fresh $90M to invest in all of you high-flying founders. Let it rain.

Therapy is for Libtards!

Yes this post is about therapy for founders :), but I had a twitter exchange on therapy with Sean Hannity that actually inspired me to write this post.

Battle of the Sexists

I am scared. About sharing my thoughts publicly. For the first time. And that’s unlike me. But engaging about women in tech is a minefield and so many choose to stay on the sideline

I’m not perfect so STFU

I don’t really know Tony Fadell but I suspect he is a visionary and creative leader, but I am going to pick on him a little. Oh and I also don’t know all the circumstances around the commentary on him and Nest coming from within and outside of google/Nest. So here we go.

Don’t Even Think about Becoming a VC

at least not yet. I was at Duke interviewing students for a new Freestyle internship program and several students disclosed that they wanted to intern at Freestyle vs our portfolio cos. I cocked my head, smirked and asked “Why”.

Authenticity Dammit

There is a race among companies and social networkers to display ever-increasing transparency to all audiences. The confusion between transparency and authenticity is starting to give the latter a bad name and that’s a damn shame.

The Bored Room

Seed stage boards are way overrated. Too much energy between Founder and Investor is wasted negotiating, preparing, approving, calendering, etc. If you need a board meeting to force you to be strategic or elicit engagement from your deadbeat Investors then you have bigger problems. Here are some common Seed Board myths.

Companies Are Sold Not Bought

You want every aquirer to believe that "companies are bought not sold" but most you, founders, need to behave as if "companies are sold not bought". Stay with me.
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