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Author: Tim Wilson

I spent 14 years at AT&T/Lucent Technologies in operations, engineering, field sales, product and general management. Before AT&T I was CEO of a startup selling frozen yogurt to Texans. Go figure. In 1998, I joined Digital Island (NASDAQ;ISLD), as VP of Product Management and later CMO. Digital Island was a global hosting and content distribution company. We raised an insane amount of cash, went public, did multiple acquisitions and sold the company in 2001. I joined Partech International (US/Europe) as a partner doing early stage investments and transitioned to Artiman Ventures as Managing Director in 2011. I represent Partech on the boards of Five9 (cloud contact center software), LedEngin (LED emitters and modules) and Prysm (large format displays). At Artiman, I am on the boards of Crossbar Semiconductor (Non Volatile Memory), Kaybus (Knowledge Automation), and Oberon (ag feed), and Invensense (NYSE: INVN) an Artiman/Partech series A investment.

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Get To Know the VC – Tim Wilson

By July 9, 2018

As part of our “Get To Know the VC” blog series, Artiman partner, Tim Wilson, answered a few questions. Here’s what he had to say:   1. Did you ever…

How should founders follow up a pitch to a VC?

By April 12, 2018

Tim Wilson, Partner, Artiman Ventures, is sharing his thoughts about the right way founders should follow up after the first meeting with a VC. Should founders wait to hear from…

Academics: Without Terms, Almost Half of Unicorns Would Lose Horns

By April 26, 2017

— Tim Wilson, Partner, Artiman Ventures, comments to WSJ Pro on unicorn valuations — Patience Haggin – WSJ Pro – April 26, 2017 7:30 a.m. ET – It’s been conventional wisdom for the past few years:…

Guaranteed demand from here to eternity at the bottom of Maslow’s Pyramid

By June 27, 2016

By the time you finish reading this article there will be another 456 people on the planet. Every day they will consume 80 pounds of protein, 638 Kilowatt Hours of…

Brexit Casts a Pall Over Funding Startups, Some Venture Investors Say

By June 24, 2016

— Tim Wilson, Partner, Artiman Ventures, comments to The Wall Street Journal on the impact of Brexit — Alexander Davis – The Wall Street Journal – June 24, 2016 10:25 p.m.…

What, How and Who: Pitching your Startup to Investors

By February 3, 2016

After 15 years on the investor side of the table, I have seen/listened/read thousands of pitches and presentations. Every entrepreneur believes they are answering the same questions: the who, what,…

What Technology Would You Un-Invent?

By November 4, 2015

— Tim Wilson, Partner, Artiman Ventures, comments to The Atlantic on what innovation [he wishes] could go back in the box. — Hearing from the leaders of the tech world is…

Finding Your Yellow Brick Road to Silicon Valley

By April 22, 2015

In 1981, three months before graduating from a liberal arts school 3,256 miles east of Silicon Valley, I became a failed physicist. I remember exactly when this happened: 3:05 a.m.…

Knowledge Systems Finally Learn to Think for Themselves

By February 12, 2015

It took over thirty years to digitize enterprise knowledge systems. Now what? In 1983, I packed all my belongings into the backseat of my 1972 Chevy and drove south, arriving…

Drone Technology Investment: Bet On The Picks And Shovels

By October 28, 2014

In my recent Forbes post, “Drone Technology Investment: Place Your Bets,” I discussed three sectors for drone technology investment: 1) package delivery services, 2) aerial imaging services and 3) drones…

Drone Technology Investments: Place Your Bets…

By October 8, 2014

Early Bets Are On The Table The drone industry start-up and emergent technology bets will shake out into three areas. In the analogy of a good old-fashioned game of poker,…

How Do We Feed The Next One Billion People?

By June 10, 2014

In 1943, humanist psychologist Abraham Maslow submitted “A Theory of Human Motivation.” At the bottom of his pyramid of human needs was physiological needs: food, water, breathing, sex, sleep, homeostatis…

What Do Drones, Bitcoin And Football Helmets Have In Common?

By May 7, 2014

Lawyers, Lobbyists and Legislators. Any major invention, from electricity, to genetic engineering, is inevitably followed by lawyers, lobbyists and legislators or as I like to call them, the 3Ls .…

Patience: Lessons From A $25M Man

By April 2, 2014

A few weeks ago I introduced a set of rules that to apply to investing in white space companies. The final rule, “The Rule of Patience” tells me if you…

Why We Would Have Likely Passed On Whatsapp

By March 21, 2014

A few of weeks ago, I introduced five rules of white space investing along with their associated ratios.  Now, I want to talk about Whatsapp’s massive $19 billion dollar exit…

The Equivalency Rule: The Art Of Creating Early Stage Business Plans

By February 26, 2014

A couple of weeks ago, I introduced five rules of white space investing along with their associated ratios. The second of those rules, the equivalency rule, looks at the early…

How You Get That Second Meeting

By February 19, 2014

In my last post, I introduced five rules of white space investing along with their associated ratios. Let’s go deeper into the Scarcity Rule and its corresponding ratio 100:10:1.5. For…

The Rules To Investing In Disruptive White Space Companies

By February 11, 2014

Artiman invests in white space companies that are in large markets with no identifiable competitors. When I joined Artiman a few years ago, I asked the partners what exactly did…