Andrew Parker

Andrew Parker

Apple ad shows why Kodak never had a chance

Andrew Parker ( @andrewparker ) is a principal with VC firm Spark Capital, where he focuses on the applications layer of the technology stack in consumer services. This post originally appeared on his blog...

Spark Capital promotes Andrew Parker to general partner

Boston-based venture capital firm Spark Capital, an investor in companies including Twitter and Tumblr, has promoted Andrew Parker from principal to general partner. Parker left Union Square Ventures in New York to join Spark as a senior associate in mid-2010, and moved up to principal ...

How Investors Think: Is your Startup a Feature, Product or Business?

Spark Capital’s Andrew Parker astutely cut up the Craigslist homepage to show how the directory has given way to category-oriented companies like HomeAway, OkCupid, and StubHub. It’s an image regularly shared across the web, though infrequently commenters address Parker’s ...

Blue Bottle coffee: VCs’ search for the new Starbucks starts in San Francisco.

Andrew Parker, a partner at the Boston-based VC firm Spark Capital, told me his firm has invested in the eyeglass-maker Warby Parker because it “was born online and uses retail stores more as a showroom marketing experience than as an essential distribution channel.” But he can’t imagine ...

Spark Capital's first-ever female investor hopes to offer unique perspective

Her entrepreneurial spirit, combined with her previous work experience, made her the best fit for the associate position at Spark Capital, said general partner Andrew Parker. It's an added bonus that she's the first female to join the team, he said. "While we are delighted to be adding a ...

Timehop, The Place To Reminisce Online, Raises $3M Led By Spark Capital

Andrew Parker, a principal at Spark, joins Timehop’s board. Timehop’s CEO Jonathan Wegener says that the company will use the round to build out the team past seven people and focus on mobile apps. Timehop just shut down its e-mail service last week. “The big, long-term vision is to be a ...

Apple ad shows why Kodak never had a chance The Term Sheet: Fortune's deals blogTerm Sheet

Andrew Parker ( @andrewparker ) is a principal with VC firm Spark Capital, where he focuses on the applications layer of the technology stack in consumer services. This post originally appeared on his blog...

Go Broke and Ignore Customer Feedback Succeeding in the Startup World

It's great when the customer is "shaking your neck saying this is the greatest thing since slice bread," said Andrew Parker, General Partner at Spark Capital. However, that is rarely the case. And, contrary to popular belief, the customer isn't always right. It is important for founders ...

Uber Drivers in Boston Reportedly Planning to Strike Today

A bit more detail comes from Boston-based Spark Capital VC Andrew Parker. He reports he recently chatted up a driver, who gave him a bit of background on the efforts to organize: This meeting announcing the fee change was the first time the drivers all got to meet each other in person. ...

BloomNation Raises $1.65M To Help Florists Grow Sales Online

Spark Capital’s Andrew Parker said he expects the company to develop “strong coverage [across] the U.S.,” with top florists in major markets using BloomNation to sell “diverse inventory,” by the end of 2014. Because the company offers what he views as a more tasteful and higher quality ...


Our second analyst, Andrew Parker, is now a partner at Spark Capital in Boston. Our third analyst, Eric Friedman, is now Director of Sales and Revenue Operations at our portfolio company Foursquare. Christina Cacioppo came next and she has been working on her own startup since leaving ...

Quantopian Secures $6.7M in Series A Financing From Khosla Ventures and Spark Capital

" "Quantopian is building a strong community of smart people," said Andrew Parker, principal at Spark Capital, "and it takes a robust technology platform to do so. Quantopian is changing the structure of the quantitative finance by connecting individual investors with unprecedented ...

MuckerLab Start-Up, Panjo, Secures $1.6 Million from Spark Capital

" "Panjo is rapidly gaining noteworthy traction through partnerships with forum-based communities," said Spark Capital Principal Andrew Parker. "Online marketplaces and peer-to-peer transactions are continuing to gain popularity, and I am convinced that Panjo's solution will cut through ...

Quantopian Emerges From Beta, Sets Out to Revolutionize Algorithmic Trading

"Algorithms play an increasingly interesting and important role in many areas," said Andrew Parker, principal at Spark Capital. "For most people they're not well understood. What makes Quantopian so interesting is that they're connecting large new classes of programmers, scientists and ...

The Daily Startup: Fetches $12 Million Led by Menlo Ventures

“Bitcoin is a Network of Distrust.” Andrew Parker of Spark Capital takes a look at two separate distributed databases—domain name space (DNS) and the bitcoin protocol. While both types of database are designed to minimize choke points and single points of failure, there’s an interesting ...

Boston Companies: Hiring in the Hub 10/31: Andrew Parker Promoted to Partner at Spark Capital

Catch up on who's going where below: Andrew Parker (seen above) was promoted to partner at local venture firm Spark Capital Thursday. Parker started at the firm in 2010 as an associate and was quickly bumped up to principal within the year. He has led investments in a number of ...

Spark Capital promotes from within, makes Andrew Parker its sixth General Partner

Spark Capital promotes from within, makes Andrew Parker its sixth General Partner Spark Capital announced today that it has promoted Andrew Parker to the role of General Partner. Parker has been with Spark since 2010, joining the firm as an Associate and making the leap to ...

Why venture capitalists are suddenly investing in news – Quartz

“Media companies where you’re paying editors to create original content are companies where they don’t have that kind of natural flywheel that [user-generated content] companies have,” said Andrew Parker, a general partner at Spark Capital, which led Upworthy’s $8 million Series A ...

The Demo

Monday Mar 10, 2014 by Andrew Parker - General Partner, Spark Capital The best part of any interaction with an entrepreneur (whether it be a pitch, an informal meeting, or a massive presentation) is without a doubt the demo. The demo invokes nostalgia for the days of elementary school ...

Sleeper Ideas for 2014 (and onward)

Wednesday Jan 8, 2014 by Andrew Parker - General Partner, Spark Capital Eric Jackson wrote a piece for Forbes where he asked a bunch of people what their “sleeper ideas” for 2014 are. I contributed the following (though, re-reading it now… i think this might not be realized in 2014, but ...

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