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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Nate Lentz
July 18, 2011

K-12 Education – The Sector Productivity, Quality, and Innovation Has Bypassed

Today’s New York Times Op-Ed Section had a column by Nicholas Kristof entitled “Our Broken Escalator” which describes in depressing detail how the US has fallen behind other competing nations in educating our children and how continued budget costs at the local, state, and federal levels are accelerating the decline.   In the article Kristof cites the Center […]

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Nate Lentz
July 10, 2011

A Brief Adam Smith Refresher

The annual labour of every nation is the fund which originally supplies it with all the necessaries and conveniencies of life which it annually consumes, and which consist always either in the immediate produce of that labour, or in what is purchased with that produce from other nations. According, therefore, as this produce, or what […]

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Nate Lentz
April 25, 2011

IPO – Something to Watch

I got an email from a friend the other day offering me “friends and family” stock for an upcoming IPO.   Frankly, I thought they did away with this tradition after some of the scandals in the internet bubble period.   I was very pleased to make the list.   It also got me thinking. This friend is […]

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Nate Lentz
April 18, 2011

Angel Funds – The Devil is in the Detail

I love the role that Angel investors play in the formation and early funding of early stage ventures.   Individual angels are pretty much in every deal we do.   In most cases these angels represent friends and family of the entrepreneur who have bet on the idea and on the individual.  This is the easiest money […]

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Nate Lentz
March 4, 2011

If Only Sales Growth Was Correlated With the Size of the Sales Team

We hear it from entrepreneurs so often.  “When Osage invests, the use of proceeds will be to ramp up the sales force immediately from one person (the CEO) to ten people.  With a conservative quota of $1.5 million per sales rep and a six month ramp, these nine new people should generate over $10 million […]

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