How To Write An Effective Answer On Quora: Communications 101

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John Greathouse , Entrepreneur, Investor, Professor and Freshman In The School Of Life. I write a bit more about how entrepreneurs can protect their ideas here: Spilling The Beans. I encourage emerging entrepreneurs to utilize Quora. Entrepreneur Sales The Fringe

Where is the best source of early stage investment?

Berkonomics

If you have been following our recent insights, you’ll be up to speed knowing that professional investors negotiate tough terms, from provisions of control over asset acquisition, eventual sale of the company, future investments, forced co-sale when others attempt to sell their shares and more.

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How I Invest

Both Sides of the Table

During the Q&A I was asked about how I make investment decisions in early-stage businesses. I answered in the same way I always do so I thought I’d just write it publicly. “I I know that sounds trite but it’s the best way I can describe my early-stage investments. If I don’t do both then it’s highly unlikely I will invest. I know now that investments will consume many hours including late nights / early mornings and weekends.

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Entrepreneurs: Take the time to celebrate your exit.

Berkonomics

But what most entrepreneurs fail dramatically at is to celebrate the moment. Not many founders or entrepreneurs do experience the success of a favorable sale of the business they dreamed would make them rich. The do as all good entrepreneurs do. Write a book; I did.

The Entrepreneur Thesis

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I call it the entrepreneur thesis. I’m not talk about the age old debate amongst investors whether you back entrepreneurs, markets or products (or as people like to hedge – product / market fit). It’s entrepreneurs I back. Today’s post is about my investment thesis.

A Serial Entrepreneur’s Take On Guy Kawasaki’s Enchantment

InfoChachkie

Although many are entertaining, most fail to provide entrepreneurs with a sufficient return on their time investment. Unfortunately, most business books do not offer entrepreneurs an adequate payoff. For instance, Guy refers to an entrepreneur’s venture as their “cause.”

Invest in Lines, not Dots

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In normal times investors will look for “traction&# before investing. For this reason I tell entrepreneurs the following: Meet your potential investors early. I didn’t invest in Orgoo but by the time he launched Ad.ly Investors are writing checks for dots.

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Entrepreneur’s Don’t Think Enough. Here’s What You Can Do About It …

Both Sides of the Table

Now, I’m pretty on the record that being an entrepreneur is about being great at The Do. I have written about the need for entrepreneurs to take inventory in themselves before deciding whom to hire as the rest of the team. Entrepreneur Advice

Some Reflections on VC Investment Decisions

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I started in 2007 with a thesis that my primary investment decision would be about the team (70%) and only afterward about the market opportunity (30%). 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!, But they are also a tax on your time with portfolio companies, looking for new investments, running your shop and honestly they are a tax on your family life.

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7 Business Mistakes Serial Entrepreneurs Never Make (Twice)

InfoChachkie

As an entrepreneur, I helped create companies which achieved two IPOs and two trade sales totaling $385 million. Fallacy: An entrepreneur’s two most precious assets are time and money. In addition to paying the consultant, you must invest time to educate them.

Why Startup Entrepreneurs Need to Communicate More Like George Bush Than Al Gore

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I use George Bush vs. Al Gore as allegory and I’ve been using it with entrepreneurs for years to sink in a simple point about how to communicate with the market. This does not mean you shouldn’t solve big, complex problems or write complex code. Entrepreneur Advice

A Serial Entrepreneur’s Take On Brad Feld & Jason Mendelson’s Venture Deals

InfoChachkie

Their primary intended reader is a “first-time entrepreneur”, but clearly other stakeholders within the startup universe can also benefit from the book’s hands-on advice. They are both former entrepreneurs and current Partners at Foundry Group , a highly successful, early stage venture firm.

The Very First Startup Founder You Need to Invest in is You

Both Sides of the Table

This week I wrote about obsessive and competitive founders and how this forms the basis of what I look for when I invest. I had been thinking a lot about this recently because I’m often asked the question of “what I look for in an entrepreneur when I want to invest?”

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Startup Children – How To Parent An Entrepreneur (Part I) - Teach Your Children To Create Something Out of Nothing

InfoChachkie

I recently answered the question “ What are good ways to raise your children to be entrepreneurs? ” My response was brief and straightforward, which is common of popular Quora answers (as discussed in How To Write An Effective Quora Answer ). Entrepreneur Parenting The Fringe

Contract Traps Entrepreneurs Should Avoid At All Costs - Sweet Sixteen Kisses of Death

InfoChachkie

Just as Batman repeatedly avoids Poison Ivy’s kiss of death, so too must entrepreneurs avoid the Kiss of Death provisions which BDCs attempt to include in their agreements. As noted in Frugal Is As Frugal Does , after cash, an entrepreneur’s most valuable asset is time.

Why Has LA Suddenly Gotten So Much Attention from VCs and Entrepreneurs?

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” It’s the most common refrain I hear from investors and even entrepreneurs these days. I think there is also no denying the role that Richard Rosenblatt has played in building the LA tech ecosystem and spawning great entrepreneurs who followed in his footsteps.

Non-millennial Bootstrapping – These 50-Something Entrepreneurs Rejected VC $ And Nailed It

InfoChachkie

Greathouse: Your collective experiences have clearly made bootstrapping a viable option for you, more so than might be the case for a typical, younger entrepreneur who needs more direction, doesn’t have cash discipline, etc. We both made personal investments in the company.

From Startup Newsletter To Best Selling Book: How This Entrepreneur Pulled It Off

InfoChachkie

Consistent with the statistics cited in Why Entrepreneurs Hate (Most) MBAs , the large majority of John and Kyle''s classmates accepted positions at investment banks and consulting firms upon graduation. Saying, ''Hey, we want to pay you to write a book.’

What Makes an Entrepreneur (2/10) – Street Smarts

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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. Thinking out loud – I’m sure that’s important for entrepreneurs as well.

Angel Investing: Skill 3 – Relationships with VCs

Both Sides of the Table

This is the third article in a series on what it takes to be a great angel investor (and why this should matter to entrepreneurs). I’d rather be Roger Ehrenberg with a thesis around data-centric companies and base my investment decisions on the skills I’ve developed in my career.

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Angel Investing Skill 2 – Domain Knowledge

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This is the second article in a series on what it takes to be a great angel investor (and why this should matter to entrepreneurs). And we all know that Ron Conway is considered the savviest of angel investors and yet by definition not all of his investments succeed.

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US Economic Risks (Sept 2010): Impact on Investors & Entrepreneurs

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My advice to entrepreneurs was and is “ when the hors d’oeuvres tray is being passed take two ” (e.g. So I agreed to offer my current thinking on the economy and what it portends for the VC industry & fund raising for entrepreneurs. What does this mean if you’re an entrepreneur?

Why Super Pro-rata Rights are Not a Good Deal for Entrepreneurs

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Yesterday I saw a Tweet from Chris Sacca fly by that prompted me to want to write a blog post helping entrepreneurs understand why they should push back against VCs asking for “super pro-rata” rights.

How This Entrepreneur Raised $28,000 Using Airbnb to Fund Her Startup

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She actually IS the prototypical entrepreneur. But Tracy did what entrepreneurs do. Sam is the managing director of Launchpad LA and we were about to pick our 2012 class of entrepreneurs. In the first 5 minutes you’ll realize that she’s a classic entrepreneur.

Ryan Blair, HashtagOne: From Gang Member, To Entrepreneur, To Anti-VC

socalTECH

Ryan Blair is a bit of an interesting entrepreneur: he came out of the most unlikely of family backgrounds--he grew up in poverty, and ended up in a gang and with the wrong crowd (arrested 10 times), but managed to turn his life around thanks to a mentor, and became a technology entrepreneur and multi-millionaire, with his first big success being Los Angeles-based broadband provider SkyPipeline. What's the theme of your investments? I love entrepreneurs.

From Startup Newsletter To Best Selling Book: How This Entrepreneur Pulled It Off

InfoChachkie

Consistent with the statistics cited in Why Entrepreneurs Hate (Most) MBAs , the large majority of John and Kyle''s classmates accepted positions at investment banks and consulting firms upon graduation. Saying, ''Hey, we want to pay you to write a book.’

What Angel Investing & Florida Condos Have in Common

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They have marked-up paper gains propped up by an over excited venture capital market that has validated their investments. Logic tells me the following: It is hard to make money angel investing. It was an investment management class. I will write about some of these topics soon.

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Sagewise pitches a service to verify claims and arbitrate disputes over blockchain transactions

TechCrunch LA

If a dispute cannot be self-resolved, parties then graduate to a dispute resolution marketplace of third party vendors,” Wan writes. Sometimes smart contracts can be pretty dumb.

Angel Investing: Skill 3 – Relationships with VCs

Both Sides of the Table

This is the third article in a series on what it takes to be a great angel investor (and why this should matter to entrepreneurs). I’d rather be Roger Ehrenberg with a thesis around data-centric companies and base my investment decisions on my background.

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A Chat With Kelly Perdew: Moonshots Capital And Its First Dedicated Fund

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We sat down with Kelly ahead of the announcement to chat about the new fund, why they think military veterans are particularly well suited as startup entrepreneurs, why the two went from organizing individual deals for funding to a formal fund, and more. In 2014, a West Point buddy of mine, and also a serial entrepreneur, Craig Cummings started working together to find entrepreneurs we liked, to help them an invest in them, along with Luis Villalobos of the Tech Coast Angels.

I Just Invested in @Burstly, a Mobile Ad Management Company

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I’m very pleased today to announce that I invested, on behalf of GRP Partners, in Burstly alongside Rincon Venture Partners , an early stage VC in Southern California whith whom we love to work (and were our co-investors on RingRevenue ). As I naturally get asked all the time why we invested in Company A or Company B, I thought I’d just put forth my thesis in writing. Naturally I’m excited about this investment or I wouldn’t have done it.

Why I Invested in Gogii (textPlus) – My First Ever Later Stage Deal

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This is a post I’ve been dying to write for 18 months. I invested in LA-based Gogii , one of the fastest growing, most exciting mobile social networking companies you’ve never heard of and maker of a product called textPlus. I only recently invested and I only got here through persistence. I quietly watched their success from the sidelines and kept spending time with and telling the CEO, Scott Lahman, that I wanted to invest in his next company.

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March Capital Partners' Jim Armstrong On A New, $240M Venture Fund

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Santa Monica-based March Capital Partners (www.marchcp.com) has just announced a brand new, $240M venture investment fund, led by longtime venture investing veterans Jim Armstrong, Sumant Mandal, Gregory Milken and Jamie Montgomery. What is the investment focus for this fund?

Interview with Marlon Nichols, Cross Culture Ventures

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Nichols is a former Kauffman Fellow and investment director at Intel Capital, and tells us how his fund--which he co-founded with Atom Factory's Troy Carter--is looking to find companies solving large problems outside of the typical Silicon Valley bubble. Cross Culture's investments include Mayven, LendStreet, Wonderschool, and Fair, among many other investments. Talk about Cross Culture, what your investment areas are? We take a thematic approach to investing.

Pipeline Fellowship | Raising Women to Become Investors

Tech Zulu Event

Men have dominated the world of investment. There were only 22% women who invested in 2012. Natalia Oberti Noguera is on a mission to help change the demographic of investment with her Pipeline Fellowship. There are not enough women in the world who are investing.