Female Entrepreneurs, AI and Investing: A Chat With Meredith Finn, March Capital

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Earlier this month, the annual Montgomery Summit conference was held in Santa Monica, including a special portion of the conference dedicated to the Rise of the Female Entrepreneur. We spoke with Meredith Finn a new Partner at March Capital--who headed up that the Rise of the Female Entrepreneur sessions this year--to hear more about her perspectives on investments, what the Rise of the Female Entrepeneur was all about, March's interests in artificial intelligence and more.

Entrepreneurshit. The Blog Post on What It’s Really Like.

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It’s what life was like as an entrepreneur. I plan to write about it early next year when we’re all through. But this is nothing like the stress of being an entrepreneur. What’s it really like being an entrepreneur? If you’re not an entrepreneur.

Five Startup Tips From Bill Gates

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"The best way to prepare [to be a programmer] is to write programs, and to study great programs that other people have written. This frugality was evidenced by the fact that everyone at Microsoft, even Gates, flew coach until well into the late 1990s. Entrepreneur Iconic Advice

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Where is the best source of early stage investment?

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Email readers, continue here…] My very first investment as a professional angel was in a small startup where the entrepreneur’s vision fueled my imagination in the audio market niche where I had run a business in an earlier life.

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Interview: Seth Epstein of SocialStay

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Do you have any advice for emerging entrepreneurs regarding how they can be frugal without compromising their company’s value prop? Bootstrapping requires that the entrepreneur go out and talk to their users or clients. Write it down…. Entrepreneur Interview The Fringe

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Stage 32: An Education Hub For Entertainment Industry Creatives

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Jon Sperry – a highly respected dialect coach who has worked with Harvey Keitel, Sofia Vergara, and Russell Crowe – taught a Stage 32 class that was attended by members from over 40 different countries. In 2000 he launched a men’s lifestyle magazine called RAZOR and served as the publication’s Editor in Chief and CEO for the next six years, pursuing acting and writing projects on the side. Entertainment Industry Entertainment entrepreneurs Startups

How I Got the Monkey Off My Back – Today Was a Good Day

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As a result I didn’t write my first venture capital check until March 2009 – exactly 5 years ago. I divided success into the phases of venture capital and 18 months into writing my first check here was my view (details on each in the link above).

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Equity financing: great for rapid growth startups

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Each has a process in place to accept applications or recommendations for investment into new companies, and to review these and make decisions based upon their exploration, previous experience in the field, knowledge of the company or industry, or about individual entrepreneurs.

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How To Communicate with your Investors between Board Meetings

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And let’s be honest, other than money and coaching most VC’s add little value to your company strategy. Make sure when you write it you assume this. Tags: Entrepreneur Advice Start-up Advice Startup Advice Running the “Agile&# Board.

The Loneliness of Success that Nobody Talks About

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Entrepreneurs could learn about loneliness of success: nobody talks about. The Yo-Yo Life of a Tech Entrepreneur. Advisors / Coaches / Mentors.

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Why you should never have a data room — the most counter-intuitive fund-raising advice you’ll ever…

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If you’ve got the skills to be a strong entrepreneur then it shouldn’t be too difficult to find people who know a partner at a VC firm and if you can build relationship with them you can get introduced. Most entrepreneurs (and VCs raising from LPs) think this means progress.

What I’ve Learned from Fred Wilson

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So part of playing an effective coach is helping the team to see the answer for themselves. My initial blogging inspiration was actually Brad Feld because as an entrepreneur I always wanted to work with Brad after reading his advice on term sheets and the like.

Interview with Jonathan Lehmann and James Chung, KarmaGoat

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Jonathan Lehmann: I was awarded the Larry Wolfen Entrepreneurial Spirit Award at UCLA, after getting amazing coaching from Matt Ridenour in our business plan development class. marketplace trade ecommerce help nonprofit causes cause charity karmagoat karma ucla entrepreneur startup interview

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

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So I thought I’d write about out with what I would look for in a VC knowing what I know now and why. VCs should be more of a coach than proscriptively telling you what to do. I think of VCs as coaches. Picking a VC is hard.

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Pipeline Fellowship | Raising Women to Become Investors

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We also want to create more capital for women entrepreneurs to increase the chances of being funded and connected to a bigger network. Entrepreneurs are everywhere and capital isn’t. Also, the skill sets and expertise they can learn and experience as an entrepreneur.

Some Reflections on VC Investment Decisions

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Of course these are great places to network with other investors, meet great entrepreneurs and keep your connections strong with senior execs at larger companies like Yahoo!, I know I can’t be in every deal and I know that the easy part of being a VC is writing the first check in a deal. But it’s very easy to be flattered into “here’s why we want YOU as an investor” by entrepreneurs and earlier-stage investors alike.

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As Populist as it May Feel, 98% of VCs Aren’t Dumb

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After all, I am no stranger to the publicly expressing the frustrations of dealing with the downside of this industry as I wrote about in 2006 when I was an entrepreneur. In the original version of his post, Andy writes. The best VCs don’t try to help entrepreneurs.

Why I’m Turning Over a New Leaf & Refocusing My Energy

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he coached me and my 3 siblings in basketball and soccer and more. https://medium.com/media/90c36814dca385d4500ca4b777f23206/href And finally … I am a venture capitalist and in this blog I try to cover the worlds of technology and finance and the journey of the entrepreneur.

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Some Thoughts on Leadership Going into 2016

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We try to hire people who we believe will be upfront and respectful of entrepreneurs and know that it’s far easier to judge ones decisions on the outside than it actually is to have to make the tough decisions inside of a startup every day. I’ve spent hours this week reading about the firing of the head coach and personnel manager of the football team I support – The Philadelphia Eagles. Empowerment is hard for most startup entrepreneurs. I like writing.

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The Importance of Proprietary Deal Flow in Early-Stage VC

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Because entrepreneurs often went to lawyers at their earliest stages to get their company registration done. Entrepreneurial lawyers like Don Lee , Dave Young or Ted Wang are good at sussing out which entrepreneurs are high potential. We are judging how well you are coached on stage.

Why Early-Stage VCs Should Be Careful About Intros from Bankers

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Because entrepreneurs often went to lawyers at their earliest stages to get their company registration done. Entrepreneurial lawyers like Don Lee , Dave Young or Ted Wang are good at sussing out which entrepreneurs are high potential. We are judging how well you are coached on stage.

Changes in Software & Venture Capital – Part 2 of 3

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Surprisinly, this strategy works well with many entrepreneurs. It’s as though we forgot the management mantra of the 90′s about “core competencies&# or the most common VC advice to entrepreneurs: Focus.

How to Make Better Reference Calls

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By the way, I also strongly advise that entrepreneurs reference VCs. It’s important to me that I have a really open relationship with entrepreneurs with whom I work so I prefer that they know the good and the bad. Reference calls. We all have to make them.

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Raise cash from trusted, close resources first.

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My very first investment as a professional angel was in a small startup where the entrepreneur’s vision fueled my imagination in the audio market niche where I had run a business in an earlier life. I was so enthusiastic that I coached the entrepreneur to approach his mother, who invested $50,000 under the same terms as my investment. Two of us who invested served on the board of the company, advising the first-time entrepreneur with our business and industry experience.

Want to Know How First Round Capital was Started?

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As a courtesy if you enjoyed his write-up please check out his startup company, ChannelStack. The Exchange Fund – This allows the entrepreneurs to diversify their founders stock into other portfolio companies stock. These speakers help coach CEO’s on important executive decisions.

Want to know why charging $12 / year converts higher than $9.99?

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If you have or are thinking about a business in the video space you’ll enjoy hearing from Gregg but even more broadly this is a great conversation for entrepreneurs, investors or industry analysts. Any takers in a trade for helping do some write-ups against whatever you want?

How to Run Better Presentations & Improve Results

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For extroverted people I recommend that entrepreneurs have an “executive summary&# slide up front that cuts to the chase. Most entrepreneurs are. Ask the other entrepreneurs who have presented to that same person or group how it went for them.

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Embrace Losing – It Will Make You Stronger

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I believe that it is part of the DNA of an entrepreneur – being so competitive that you’re practically sick when you lose. Entrepreneurs are neurotic about it. It is never as rewarding when you’re the coach (but coaching has many other benefits.

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Embrace Losing – It Will Make You Stronger

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I believe that it is part of the DNA of an entrepreneur – being so competitive that you’re practically sick when you lose. Entrepreneurs are neurotic about it. It is never as rewarding when you’re the coach (but coaching has many other benefits.

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Attorney and Startup Business Advisor – Aaron Shechet

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I feel too many people are discouraging, and as a result, too many entrepreneurs are discouraged and give up. You are writing about the essentials of business. I am planning right not to write a post about how startups often get SEO wrong.

Don’t Cede Control: Why You Need to Cut out Middle Men in Negotiations

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Yet a critical mistake I see many entrepreneurs make is that they hand over too much control to their third-parties. You can certainly get coaching from your VC on how to play the negotiations since they do it more often than you do. As an entrepreneur I have one company to sell.

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Choose Your VC Investor Carefully

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I write this post as a warning to pick your VC’s carefully. I like to say to first-time entrepreneurs, picking a VC is more permanent than marriage. Trust your instincts – they will serve you well as an entrepreneur.

What Should We Make of Peter Thiel’s “20 Under 20? Education Program?

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Thiel and friends will also agree to mentor these young entrepreneurs. In Poly Sci I learned critical thinking and writing. If I’m counseling young people I often coach them to consider getting degrees that will be practical for becoming more employable when they graduate. At least not as an entrepreneur.

My Life as a CEO (and VC): Chief Psychologist

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I finally got around to writing it having read Fred Wilson’s post about what a CEO does. Some entrepreneurs make the mistake of never devolving power. So you internalize much as a CEO, which is why groups like YPO are so important for super successful entrepreneurs.

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Whose Life are You Going to Change?

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It’s the story of persistence in entrepreneurs. As a VC I’m acutely that a “yes&# decision to support an entrepreneur can do just that, yet I only write 2-4 of them per year and maybe another 3-4 as an angel. Back an entrepreneur you believe in.

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