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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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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.

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.

3 Sales Tips for Startups – Creating a Burning Platform

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The real test of sales and the topic of my post is “why buy now.”  It’s what kills most sales cycles including raising venture capital.

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

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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. 

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>>.

The Perfect Pitch 2009

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

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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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.

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. 

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

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

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

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.

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

VC Funding Season Ends Next Week

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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

Do you need a Powerpoint deck for a VC meeting?

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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

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

The Venture Capital Process

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Thursday, October 1, 2009 -- The Venture Capital Process. In this half-day workshop, Peter Townshend from McDermott Will and Emery LLP and Ken Selzer from Finistere Ventures will provide you with actionable advice that will prepare you for raising capital from venture capital funds. CONNECT. See [link] (more

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.

SoCal VC's Scarce On Top VC List

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This week's release of a list of their "Top 100" venture capitalists by AlwaysOn -- based roughly on number and dollar amount of successful M&A and IPO deals between October 1, 2005 to September 30, 2009--seems to have skipped local Southern California venture capitalists, with only one Southern California VCs listed.

Why I Don’t Like Board Observers

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The Venture Capital Process

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Thursday, January 22, 2009 -- The Venture Capital Process. In this half-day workshop, Peter Townshend from McDermott Will and Emery LLP and Ken Selzer from Finistere Ventures will provide you with actionable advice that will prepare you for raising capital from venture capital funds. CONNECT. See [link] (more

TCVN: Early Capital Sources

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Thursday, May 28, 2009 -- TCVN: Early Capital Sources. We will discuss these important topics and more: Friends and Family Funding Equity Investments Debt Funding Bank Financing Other Capital Sources and Innovative Funding. Raising money is a must for start-ups and the growth of their businesses. See [link] (more

Venture Capital Fundraising Drops

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Venture capital fundraising activity dropped significantly in Q4, according to a report released Monday by Thomson Reuters and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). The report, which tracks the fundraising activity of venture capital firms, found that there was $3.4 billion raised in Q4 of 2007.

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.

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.  

Apriso Claims Record 2009 Revenues

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Long Beach-based Apriso , a developer of planning and control software for the manufacturing industry, reported Thursday that the firm had record revenues in 2009. Apriso is venture backed by Brentwood Venture Capital, CMEA Ventures, LogiSpring Investment Fund SA, SAP Ventures, and Wall Street Technology Partners. READ MORE>>.