Nate Lentz
November 19, 2012

Quote From Stanford GSB Lecturer: “No World Changing Tech Company Has Ever Been Founded Outside Silicon Valley and None Ever Will in Our Lifetime.”

“No World Changing Tech Company Has Ever Been Founded Outside Silicon Valley and None Ever Will in Our Lifetime.” An Osage spy in his second year at Stanford GSB recently passed along the above direct quote from one very highly regarded GSB lecturer: Funny – this Bay Area world view is more common than you […]

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Nate Lentz
October 10, 2012

Enterprise Software Sales Management – Reading the Near-Term Pipeline

One of the roles I really dislike playing when I am on the board of one of our portfolio companies is the role of the pessimist.  You know this guy – Dr. Gloom, Mr. Cloudy Day.  Everyone else is sitting around talking about what is going to happen this quarter and how many deals are […]

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Nate Lentz
August 20, 2012

Startups and Interns

I recently introduced a recent college graduate to two start-ups operating in the local food distribution and marketplace business.  The college grad came from a good school, had some work experience, had been a four year varsity athlete, and had a desire to work in the booming local food ecosystem.  I had encouraged this recent […]

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Nate Lentz
July 9, 2012

Defending the Funding Gap – Economic Darwinism at its Best

As an early stage technology investor, I hear all the time about the funding gap.   People are constantly asking me: “Why is there so little money available between friends & family rounds and Series A?” “Why are even angel funds expecting to see revenue traction? “Who can I speak to in order to fund my […]

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Nate Lentz
June 18, 2012

They Are The 4%!

Everywhere I seem to turn, I run into someone starting a business, running an early stage business, or incubating businesses.   I am not talking about people I meet as a venture investor or entrepreneurs in our portfolio.  I am talking about people I know around town.  Here are some recent examples: On the little main street […]

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Nate Lentz
April 24, 2012

I Am Short on Facebook

At Osage Venture Partners, we don’t invest in consumer technology.   For those who read our occasional blog posts or who have browsed our website, it should be clear that we are business technology investors.  Personally I do not understand leading edge consumer behavior and would have a hard time guessing what the next trend will […]

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Nate Lentz
February 21, 2012

Immersing Themselves and Enjoying It

We are investors in ProtonMedia, a company which enables advanced levels of collaboration by bringing remote people, in the form of avatars, and disparate data together in virtual meeting and learning environments.   At the time we invested, it sounded like a stretch, yet there were major companies – in life sciences and in energy – […]

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Nate Lentz
November 30, 2011

Whale Hunting – the Allure and the Devastation

“Towards thee I roll, thou all-destroying but unconquering whale; to the last I grapple with thee; from hell’s heart I stab at thee; for hate’s sake I spit my last breath at thee. Sink all coffins and all hearses to one common pool! and since neither can be mine, let me then tow to pieces, […]

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Nate Lentz
November 9, 2011

Why $70M is Better Than $1B

I had lunch yesterday with two interesting entrepreneurs who are early in building out their vision for a business.   They have a big idea, a big market, and a surprising level of support and  they are attracting real talent to their team.   This is a technology solution and a business to business network and the […]

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Nate Lentz
September 27, 2011

Why Obama Should (or Maybe Shouldn’t) Go to New Jersey

I was in New Jersey last week driving from an interesting meeting with a new investment opportunity and headed to meet with one of our CEOs when I had to stop for gas.  Now, it should be noted that I almost never buy gas in New Jersey.  In fact, when I know I am headed […]

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