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Is it Time for You to Earn or to Learn?

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Now … these are stock options and not restricted stock so you’ll likely be taxed at a long-term capital gains rate. 125,000.

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What Makes an Entrepreneur? Four Letters: JFDI

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I had a picture in the office of my first company with the logo above and the capital letters JFDI. (In He was stuck on capital raising.

Save Your Spin for Someone Who Cares

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How to Deal with Skeletons in your Closet

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This is part of my series with Advice on Raising Venture Capital. Skeletons in the Closet are these types of issues. I don’t think so.

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Most Common Early Start-up Mistakes

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Assuming normal valuations at fund raising rounds you’ll be down to 6-12% after you’ve created a stock-option pool and raised capital. This is part of my ongoing series “ Start-up Lessons. &# If you want to subscribe to my RSS feed please click here or to get my blog by email click here. Not worth it. Register a company.

WTF is Traction? A 6-Step Relationship Guide to VC

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Should Your Startup Have an Advisory Board?

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IPO Market Surpasses 2008, 2009, According to Report

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A new report today released by PwC finds that the market for initial public offerings (IPOs) has jumped significantly in 2010, with volumes exceeding both 2008 and 2009 levels. PWC said that among the reasons for the surge was a return of private equity and venture capital portfolio companies using the U.S. billion.

Are Business Plans Still Necessary?

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This is part of my ongoing series of posts and I need to file this one under both Raising Venture Capital and Startup Advice. craze. wares.

Venture Capital Outlook 2009

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Thursday, January 29, 2009 -- Venture Capital Outlook 2009. Lots of changes are in store for 2009: A new President and Cabinet; fresh initiatives and priorities around renewable and clean energy; revised infrastructure investments; and innovative approaches to tax and regulatory policies that are bound to impact many industries.

Raising Seed Capital Now: 10 Tips

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Last year, venture capitalists and angels who co-invested with them placed $7 billion into seed and early-stage deals, an 11 percent increase from 2009, according to the most recent PricewaterhouseCoopers/National Venture Capital Association MoneyTree report. million in angel and venture capital. By Monica Mehta. Be coachable.

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The Best VC Meetings are Debates not Sales

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Beware of Gym Salesman VC

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What Mattered in 2010: Greg Martin, Archer Venture Capital

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This morning, we're sharing the insights of Greg Martin , a venture capitalist at Archer Venture Capital. Stay tuned. READ MORE>>.

Layoffs Hot Keyword for Second Half of January 2009

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Last month we Launched Los Angeles Tech and in the announcement we provide the Hot List for the first half of January 2009. Top for January 16, 2009 - January 31, 2009 Posts Are You Selling Online Yet? This hot list is based on various social signals of what people are writing about, reading, bookmarking, searching, etc.

The Perfect Pitch 2009

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Monday, October 26, 2009 -- The Perfect Pitch 2009. See [link] (more

Are MBAs Necessary for Start-ups or VC?

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This is part of my ongoing series called “ Start-up Lessons.&#. I was reading Chris Dixon’s blog tonight. MBA fine, but not required.

Startup Founders Should Flip Burgers

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This is a story of one of the risks of venture capital. Our first big round of venture capital (our A round) was a whopping $16.5 Burger?

Startup Metrics

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If these numbers work out, then often scaling is more a question of capital. You only build what you need to prove that model. Great stuff.

Do you need a Powerpoint deck for a VC meeting?

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VC Funding Season Ends Next Week

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This is part of my series on Raising Venture Capital. It is very difficult to raising venture capital between November 15 – January 7th.

Don’t drink your own Kool-Aid (surviving TC50)

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We had scrambled to get a product to market, built our first website, rapidly hired a technology team, raised our seed round of capital ($1.5

Why I Don’t Like Board Observers

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Venture Capital Hits 12 Year Low

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The latest venture capital numbers from both PricewaterhouseCoopers/NVCA based on data from Thomson Financial, and numbers also released over the weekend by Dow Jones VentureSource, finds that venture capital is at a twelve year low. in 54 venture capital deals, with Los Angeles reporting $115.6M billion across 477 deals.

How WebVisible Survived 2009

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010 -- How WebVisible Survived 2009. Kirsten Mangers, CEO of WebVisible will share with us WebVisible's experience surviving 2009 and raising additional capital in 2010! See [link] (more

Should Founders Be Allowed to Take Money off the Table?

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Otherwise, what incentive exists for the VC to put in more capital or to have the founders earn money. Tags: Pitching VCs Start-up Advice VC Industry startup technology vc venture capital This is part of my ongoing series “ Start Up Advice &# but I’d really like to call this post, “VC Advice.&#. You lose the dream.

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Why the LP Outlook is Good for Venture and Startups in 2017–2020

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Will they have enough capital?” startup venture-capitalNote that all of these names were not started in Silicon Valley. Will it last?

What Makes an Entrepreneur (4/11) – Resiliency

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We commited to getting by on much less capital than was planned. This is part of my new series on what makes an entrepreneur successful.

Angel Funding Advice

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Last night I attended a DealMaker Media (whom I love because they always host such great discussions) panel on raising angel money moderated by Dan Gould and with panelists Rob Hayes (First Round Capital, more seed or A round than angel), Scot Sangster (with OrganicStartup and [.]. This is part of my ongoing series Pitching a VC.

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Growth Capital Conference

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Thursday, October 22, 2009 -- Growth Capital Conference. Network with capital sources, advisors, deal makers and 50 entrepreneurs seeking capital and counsel. See [link] (more

The Best VC Meetings are Debates not Sales

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Deal with Your Elephant in the Room

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This is part of my series on Raising Venture Capital. Tags: Raising Venture Capital Start-up Advice You raised $1.5 Small story.

Growth Capital Conference

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Thursday, July 30, 2009 -- Growth Capital Conference. Network with capital sources, advisors, deal makers and 50 entrepreneurs seeking capital and counsel. DEAL DISPLAY tm showcases attractive firms needing growth capital. View products, videos, on-line demos. See [link] (more

Cleantech Capital Summit

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Friday, April 24, 2009 -- Cleantech Capital Summit. From invention to utility scale projects--financing the cleantech industry. See [link] (more

Cleantech Capital Summit

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Thursday, April 23, 2009 -- Cleantech Capital Summit. From invention to utility scale projects--financing the cleantech industry. See [link] (more

Cleantech Capital Summit

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009 -- Cleantech Capital Summit. From invention to utility scale projects--financing the cleantech industry. See [link] (more

Angel Funding Advice

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Most Venture Capital “A&# rounds (as of 2009) seem to start around $3 million pre-money and may go as high as $5-6 million pre-money if you’ve made a lot more progress or for some other reason the deal is “hot&#. This is part of my ongoing series Pitching a VC. This post is for those who want to raise angel money.

Growth Capital Conference

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Thursday, January 29, 2009 -- Growth Capital Conference. Network with capital sources, advisors, deal makers and 50 entrepreneurs seeking capital and counsel. See [link].

Growth Capital Conference

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Thursday, April 30, 2009 -- Growth Capital Conference. Network with capital sources, advisors, deal makers, and 50 entrepreneurs seeking capital and counsel. DEAL DISPLAY showcases attractive firms needing growth capital. View products, videos, on-line demos. See [link] (more

Sluggish Year for IPOs, But Signs Abound of Post-Election Surge

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Uncertainty surrounding this year’s presidential election has kept U.S. Smith anticipates a flurry of IPOs between Thanksgiving.