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Angel Investing (1): Dealflow – Are You Sitting at The Right Poker Table?

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Executive Summary. But I fear that for most angel investors who invest over the long haul angel investing will not be a profitable endeavor. In

Angel Funding Advice

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recently wrote a post on angel financing covering the topic of convertible notes but I realized I was thinking about the issue more from investor perspective and a very narrow topic of how to price the round. Market validation – This one is optional but important.  At an angel round you can get away with no market validation.

Startup Fundraising 101: Getting Ready To Raise A Round

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If you go this route, be careful to make the stakes clear: i.e., that they could lose their whole investment. First things first. Crowdfunding.

Angel Investing 4 – Why You Need Deep Pockets to Win Big

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This is the fourth article in a series on what it takes to be a great angel investor (and why this should matter to entrepreneurs). Pay to play.

Why Online Video Just Took One More Big Step to Legitimacy

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If you want to understand my thesis behind Maker you can read this article that outlines the trend , but in summary: People watch 5.3 Full stop.

How to Kick Start Your Community’s Startup Scene

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Angels & Recycled Capital. If that isn’t the original definition of “angel” money I don’t know what is.

In 15 Years From Now Half of US Universities May Be in Bankruptcy. My Surprise Discussion with @ClayChristensen

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Watch the 30-minute interview to hear why but summary notes below. Some money out of every investment. Apple. Disruption of Education.

The Changing Structure of the VC Industry

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Lower costs to start a business (95% reduction), many more companies created & funded by angels / seed. Where are we today? billion). Mbps).

Interview: Naval Ravikant, Co-Founder AngelList and Co-Maintainer Venture Hacks

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What follows is a summary which paraphrases Naval’s responses. Long-term, we may start investing in some of these companies as they go through.

When VCs Play Defense

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As VCs we’re inundated with emails from founders, friends, colleagues, angels, seed investors, VCs, law firms, venture banks, corporates and so forth with their favorite deals. And when I’m asked – as I invariably am every time – “What are you looking to invest in?” It’s exhausting.

Some Career Advice for Aspiring Tech CEOs

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For some aspiring to be tech entrepreneurs, I often suggest a two-step process, as I argued in this post that “ The First Startup Founder You Need to Invest in Is You.” ” The punch line from this post was “angel yourself.” At Upfront we invested in such a company. Summary. But how?

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What I Would Look for When Choosing a VC – Knowing What I Know Now?

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Fred Wilson wrote perfectly about sticking with struggling investments. Picking a VC is hard. Reputation of firm? Of partner? Brains? Smart?

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Some Thoughts on Branding Startups and Communities

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Brad Feld visited Los Angeles this past week. But “Beach” emphasizes the worst perception that people have about Los Angeles.

Stock Market Drops. Then It Rallies. What Happens Next for Funding?

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By 2008 I had gotten more serious about championing companies through our investment process. tl;dr summary. Summary version?

amSTATZ Social Network For Fitness Gurus, Athletes & Events | Interview With Founder

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No summary of what we did, no easy way for me to recommend my trainer to my friends, and no way for me to easily book the next appointment.

Why We’re Looking to Fund Stuff With More Meaning

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When the early teams: angels, lowercase capital & first round capital funded Uber they had no idea it would be one of the most revolutionary ideas of our time. This was certainly the case when I invested in a small YouTube video production company called Maker Studios that recently sold to Disney for just shy of $1 billion. Airbnb?

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Should Startups Focus on Profitability or Not?

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Exec Summary: Most companies (98+%) in the world (even tech startups) should be very profit focused. They both raised angel / seed money of $1.5

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Is Convertible Debt Preferable to Equity?

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Every investment so far in this YC batch (and there have been a lot) has been done on a convertible note.&#. “Convertible notes have won.

How Boards Need to Evolve Over Time

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when to build out our offices in Silicon Valley, New York & Los Angeles. Summary. In the Early Days. Mentorship. Experience.

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Master of Customer Acquisition, Matt Coffin, On Startups …

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Or read the quick, informative summary below the image! Since selling Matt has gone on to become one of the smartest angels I have seen operate.

Changes in Software & Venture Capital – Part 2 of 3

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Some have moved into later stage investments in an effort to “put logos on their websites.&# The Blurring of Investment Lines.

The Truth About Early Stage Pre-Money Valuations

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The second is that, despite the typical non-reliance on formal calculation, investors’ views on valuation are in some way based on a perception of risks and potential return of the investment— or, put another way, of the interaction of fear and greed.  . By Al Schneider. So what is an entrepreneur to do? Research the “comps.”.

10 ways you’ll probably f**k up your startup — Spook Studio — Medium

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Get some customers and investment will come a lot easier. Chase the vision not the money. The money will end up following you.” growth hacking.

Is it the jockey or the horse?

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And great management is able to morph a company to adopt without destroying the culture of the company in the process.                 What if you were the investor and someone walked into your office handing you a business plan executive summary that floored you with its brilliance?  Email readers, continue here.] Raising money

What Future for Accelerators?

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have been involved with a high profile one in Los Angeles – Launchpad LA – and we’ve decided to make a shift so I thought this was a good time for reflection. She joined Mesa Global where she is doing both venture capital and investment banking. This is just a quick summary. 1. So we went for it. And Adam his.

Brad Feld Drops Knowledge. Here’s What He Said …

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Or, as always, summary notes available below. But, in fact, I would rather have an executive summary than a pitch deck. Brad on blogging.

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Frank Addantes FounderBlog: Startup 5.0 – I’m just going to chill out for a bit… (OK, for a month…)

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Sequoia has a tremendous reputation, but it was also important to us to have a local (Los Angeles) VC as well. ► October (1) New Video!

How to Handle a VC Presentation with No Deck

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talked about this in the TWiVC video but I didn’t do a good enough job of writing it up in the summary notes in the post. Consumer?

Raising $$ on AngelList? Working w/ McClure? Ask Jody Sherman

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That said, a summary below is available for those who prefer to read the notes version. Through this process he raised $2 million.

Want to Know How First Round Capital was Started?

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think you'll enjoy hearing him, but if  you're in a rush check out the summary notes below. Investing Strategy. and Half.com. 

How to Ask for Help, Favors and Intros

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Summary: Those the make it easier for others to help them will receive more help. Most of us want to help. Links are fine but make them option.

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Interview: Paige Craig, CEO BetterWorks

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Messenger : Paige Craig, CEO BetterWorks, Angel Investor, former Marine. Paige is a gifted communicator and my summary does not do him justice.

Understanding a VC’s Seed Funding Policy is Critical

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Short summary of my posts: 1. There is a structural reason that VCs are investing at early stages, 2. The signaling affect is overrated.

The Guy Who Took on Google (and now LinkedIn): Mike Yavonditte

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He is also an active angel investor in companies like Klout and Meetup. This is an interview you’re not going to want to miss, I promise.

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Turning the Camera on Chris Dixon

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think you’ll really enjoy this video , but as always I have summary notes for those with less time. This Week in Venture Capital

Rustic Canyon Speaks out on GaiKai Exit, Changing Nature of VC, LA Tech & More

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And no wonder, lately he and his partners are on a tear, investing out of their $200+ million VC fund. Both companies were in Los Angeles.

Venture Capital Q&A Session

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If you want to watch the show click the image above or this link , but if you want a quick read – here’s a summary: 1.  Never cold.

Interview with Richard Yen, Saban Ventures

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We make Series A and Series B investments in digital media, mobile, and consumer Internet. We're looking to build out our investment portfolio.

Interview with Richard Yen, Saban Capital

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We make Series A and Series B investments in digital media, mobile, and consumer Internet. We're looking to build out our investment portfolio.

I met with an investor, what happens next?

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This is part of my ongoing series, “ Pitching a VC.&#  Getting a meeting with a prominent angel or VC is difficult enough. Sinister?