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Is it Time for You to Earn or to Learn?

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This is part of my Startup Advice series. That’s Ok.  They raised $5 million in their B round.  125,000. So let’s go CRAZY!  Not bad.

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What Makes an Entrepreneur? Four Letters: JFDI

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You are constantly faced with decisions and there is always incomplete information.  This paralyzes most people.  Not you. Making Things Happen.

Save Your Spin for Someone Who Cares

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Good Judgment Comes with Experience, But Experience Comes from Bad Judgment

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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. 

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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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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. 

Raising Seed Capital Now: 10 Tips

Tech Coast Venture Network

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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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.

The Best VC Meetings are Debates not Sales

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Beware of Gym Salesman VC

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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.

Layoffs Hot Keyword for Second Half of January 2009

SoCal CTO

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.

Are MBAs Necessary for Start-ups or VC?

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BCG, Bain, LEK – they’re all great), a few years at a start-up or a few years somewhere like Microsoft, Google, Amazon or Apple. 

Startup Founders Should Flip Burgers

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

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.

VC Funding Season Ends Next Week

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Do you need a Powerpoint deck for a VC meeting?

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Why I Don’t Like Board Observers

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

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DO capitalize on the moment in time while you’re still part of the news cycle. Once the cycle has passed it’s harder to capitalize.

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.  It can’t just be a gift. Tags: Pitching VCs Start-up Advice VC Industry startup technology vc venture capital Only then are you truly aligned. Not FU money, but “feed the family&# money. For a while but not forever.

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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. 1. Stay tuned. 2. READ MORE>>.

What Makes an Entrepreneur (4/11) – Resiliency

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If you haven’t spent time over there you should. That next round of investment is proving difficult.  Customers are harder to sign than you want.  

The Perfect Pitch 2009

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

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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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 Issue off the table. 

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. How: 1. Team: You need a team. That’s OK.

Raising Venture Capital

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Below you will find an outline for the posts I’ve done on how to raise VC. Continue reading on Medium

Hiring at a Startup? Know Thy Weaknesses

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For me 3+ is usually a non starter. OK, so I know that some of you already have 3 co-founders and I’ve met many of you.  You’ll be fine. 

Fast Follower III – First Mover Disadvantage

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He spent the majority of his adult life fruitlessly attempting to capitalize on the novelty and uniqueness of his invention. Capital – Fulton secured adequate financial backing early in his adVenture’s life, thus allowing him to focus on perfecting the then state-of-the art technology and not waste time or management attention raising money.

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. Tags: 2009 county orange diego angeles california southern capital venture

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

Drone On: 3D Robotics Filing Reveals $45M Financing Plan

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After a painful restructuring earlier this year, Berkeley, CA-based 3D Robotics appears to be raising additional capital.

The Unintended Consequences of Startups

Jason Nazar

years ago I was running 6 miles a day 3 times a week, and playing competitive basketball and tennis.  .

2009 Coming To A Close, 2010 Just Around The Corner!

Tech Zulu Event

As 2010 approaches, a whole new year of exciting start-ups, tech news, gadgets, and much more is ahead. We invite you to bring your world into ours.  .

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

I met with an investor, what happens next?

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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