Is it Time for You to Earn or to Learn?

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If you never raise another round of venture capital (a big if) and if your company is sold for the normal venture exit ($50 million on average for 200 or so annually that get sold) then what is your stake? This is part of my Startup Advice series.

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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. This is part of my Startup Advice series.

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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. Tags: Entrepreneur Advice Raising Venture Capital Start-up Advice Startup Advice I recently wrote a post on how to Deal with your Elephants in the Room during your VC meetings.

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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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. PwC tallied up 154 IPOs completed this year so far, raising $37.5

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. Many of these businesses were what First Round Capital called FNACs (features, not companies – this acronym has always stuck with me).

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. How will these shifts influence the venture capital landscape? San Diego Venture Group.

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. To help you get a jump-start with fundraising, I’ve gathered tips from active early-stage investors and entrepreneurs who managed to beat the odds by raising capital during and after the Great Recession.

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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. You can go to the Hot List post to see what was hot then.

The Perfect Pitch 2009

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Monday, October 26, 2009 -- The Perfect Pitch 2009. An opportunity to pitch your business idea to Sir Richard Branson and a conference full of venture capitalists, angel investors and influential entrepreneurs.Our judges represent over $3 Billion in funds, including executives from August Capital, Baroda Ventures, Cal Cap Partners, Qualcomm Ventures, Rustic Canyon Partners, Santa Monica Capital Partners, Tech Coast Angels and Price Waterhouse Coopers.

Are MBAs Necessary for Start-ups or VC?

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I came across this blog post about getting a computer science degree as the best degree for getting into venture capital or working at a VC-backed start up. This is part of my ongoing series called “ Start-up Lessons.&#. I was reading Chris Dixon’s blog tonight.

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. I left a great firm, Redpoint Ventures (after 11 years), to start a new firm, Archer Venture Capital. opinions thoughts year capital venture archer

Startup Founders Should Flip Burgers

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This is a story of one of the risks of venture capital. But some companies have entrepreneurs that seem talented on paper, are in a space that seems interesting to investors and are able to raise venture capital early in the company’s existence.

Startup Metrics

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If these numbers work out, then often scaling is more a question of capital. Startup Metrics for Pirates (SeedCamp, Sept 2009) View more documents from Dave McClure. A post by Fred Wilson pointed me to Dave McClure's Startup Metrics presentation.

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. I’m sure I’ll spark the ire of some VC’s for saying so, but there is certainly such a thing as black-out days in venture capital.

Miva Gets Growth Capital Injection

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San Diego-based Miva , the developer of e-commerce shopping cart software, has received a growth capital funding from private equity investor Bison Capital Partners, the companies said this week. Miva said that the investment is the first time in its history that it has accepted growth capital funding. Miva will be led by new CEO Rick Wilson, who took over from former CEO Russ Carroll in April; Wilson had been President and COO sine 2009.

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

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I’m not going to cover in this post the obvious post-show marketing tasks such as following up on all those business cards you grabbed, communicating with all those people who registered at your site and leveraging your new found fame to score venture capital.

Why I Don’t Like Board Observers

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And it’s true that very occasionally there will be a split vote because a smaller investor might disagree with a larger investor on the need to raise a $10 million round of capital. Tags: Start-up Advice startup technology vc venture capital

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. The two, quarterly capital reports both found that venture volume dropped in the first quarter, with PwC/NVCA reporting $3.0 in 54 venture capital deals, with Los Angeles reporting $115.6M

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.&#.

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. I originally posted it on VentureHacks , one of my favorite websites for entrepreneurs. If you haven’t spent time over there you should.

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. Many businesses that pitch to me have White Elephant issues and I’d like to tell you how to deal with these when you’re raising venture capital. Tags: Raising Venture Capital Start-up Advice

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 the best spokesperson for Tech Coast Angels that I have met to date), Tom McInerney (TGM) and Jarl Mohn (who invests on his own “account&# and whose track record is truly humbling).