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Bringing design thinking to early stage investment

The Equity Kicker

This graphic comes from a post on Venture Village about design thinking for startups but it should apply equally to investment companies.

Lessons Learned: Don't launch

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Friday, March 13, 2009 Dont launch Heres a common question I get from startups, especially in the early stages: when should we launch? This is the usual reason given for a marketing launch, but for most early stage startups, its a failure. My answer is almost always the same: dont. Dont scale.

Startup Blog: Presentation 101 ? Please do not do this!

Taffy Williams

often have the opportunity to listen to first time entrepreneurs and early stage companies present their company. Who’s the Boss?

Distribution and Engagement Frameworks

Mark Birch

Last week we talked about the importance of having a cogent distribution strategy even in the early stages of a startup. 

Raising Capital for Marketplaces in 2016

Version One Ventures

A question we’re often asked during conversations with early-stage entrepreneurs is “What do investors look for when considering a Seed or Series A startup?” At some point, this question might be followed by “What does it take to get to Series B?”. They are a means to a bigger goal.”. News benchmarks fundraising Marketplace

How great VCs add value

The Equity Kicker

Because we are tightly focused on early stage ecommerce we have a lot of relevant learnings to share with our partners. And re 3.:

10 Startup Practices That Usually Lead To Disaster

Startup Professionals Musings

As an entrepreneur, you need to start early to implement the discipline and business practices that will lead to success. Marty Zwilling.

Digitisation, productivity growth and opportunity areas

The Equity Kicker

Secondly it gives a framework for thinking about our investment strategy. That’s 13.4% of the $17.4tn GDP recorded in the US last year.

10 Ways To Lose Your First Million As An Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

As an entrepreneur, you need to start early to implement the discipline and business practices that will lead to success. Marty Zwilling.

How a Seed VC Approaches Pre-Product Startups

View from Seed

We have a bias towards very early stage investing for a bunch of reasons, but it’s not easy. The below article answers that question.

Equity Comp in Turnarounds and Consolidations

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The What & Why of Hiring a Great Startup COO

View from Seed

For most of my career, I’ve served startups and early-stage companies as an operating executive or advisor. Based on what criteria?

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Why We Spend So Much Time On Policy Stuff

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

We make a lot of early stage investments and we work hard with those companies to help them succeed. That is a good example of what happens when networks and the data they produce reshape a market that has been operating in a traditional framework. And I write a lot here at AVC about the policy stuff we have been working on.

Angel Funding Framework - some additional viewpoints

VentureWoods

One of the big challenges is the  lack of availability of early stage funding  from angel investor groups. But in my opinion, the absence of a sound angel investment framework/structure relevant for Indian conditions might be the underlying problem. I say that for two reasons. Comments and critiques are welcome.

Find Your Sweet Spot To Excel As An Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

just finished a new book, “ The Purpose Effect ,” by renowned author Dan Pontefract, that provides a good framework and background or doing just that.

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

Introducing a solution early on can lead the conversation too much and mean potential missed opportunities. “We have two ears and one mouth.

Journeymen, Mavericks & Superstars: Understanding Salespeople at Startups

Both Sides of the Table

Very few of them are started, in my experience, by sales people and very few early stage companies really understand sales. Enough said.

How the Seed-Stage VC Trend Began, The Downsides of Unicorns & Much More

Both Sides of the Table

Some quick highlights include: The Role of a Seed Stage VC. It is, of course, a very recent phenomenon. But not many others. Startup Lessons

Lean Innovation Management – Making Corporate Innovation Work

Steve Blank

When combined with the business model canvas, the Three Horizons of Innovation provide a framework for corporate innovation. Here’s how. Oh no!

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How to think about cash vs. equity compensation

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Here’s a simple framework for how to come up with those numbers. What about $Y/mo?&# So if that’s the same as P, we’re done. So

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3 Key Startup Questions

Journey of a Serial Entrepreneur

The early stages of business, are the most challenging of times, times that need to be overcome. Are you talking to the right people?

Working with Developers

SoCal CTO

Generally I say that developers should be doing significant developer level testing, but in early-stage startups, testing falls back on the founders.

Blowing up the Business Plan at U.C. Berkeley Haas Business School

Steve Blank

Over my career as a serial entrepreneur I observed that since the late 1990s, no early-stage Silicon Valley investor had used business plans to screen investments. Done informally as part of an accelerator, yes, but not with a framework based on a clear process and clear pedagogy. See the presentation here.). Today the U.C.

Lean Startup and Lean Analytics in the Enterprise

Instigator Blog

There’s still a lot to learn amongst early stage entrepreneurs, and a lot of discussion that’s needed around implementing Lean Startup, but attention has definitely shifted to applying the framework in large organizations. It’s clear that Lean Startup is shifting from startups to the enterprise.

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7 Ways To Future Proof Your Brand In 2016 And Beyond (And A Bonus)

Brandanew

Partly because they end up reinventing the wheel instead of investing in learning at an early stage. 90% of Startups fail. Sign up here.

4 Founders & Harvard MBAs on Finding Startup Traction & MBAs-as-Entrepreneurs

View from Seed

On Launching and Finding Early Traction. How did you find your first customers and hit important, early milestones? Clark (RelayRides): .

Lead Developer to CTO at a Startup

SoCal CTO

This leads to a set of questions: What is the role of a CTO in the early stages of a company, and does that role change later on as both the company and that individual matures? I've previously addressed the role of a CTO in early-stages in my post Startup CTO or Developer. How will I know when the need has arisen?

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It’s Time to Play Moneyball: The Investment Readiness Level

Steve Blank

Lean Startup methodology offers entrepreneurs a framework to focus on what’s important: Business Model Discovery.  We think we can do better.

Startup CTO or Developer

SoCal CTO

I’ve been having discussions with several people recently about the role of the CTO (Chief Technology Officer) in very early stage companies.

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So What is The Right Level of Burn Rate for a Startup These Days?

Both Sides of the Table

This has led VC & entrepreneur bloggers alike to similar conclusions: start raising capital early and be careful about having too high of a burn rate because that lessens the amount of runway you have until you need more cash. You don’t even realize that the later-stage investor doesn’t support you any more. million.

Free Startup Docs: How Much Equity Should Advisors Get?

techcrunch.com

For a growth stage company, in comparison, this level of engagement would earn an advisor 0.6 Startups. Mobile. Gadgets. Europe. Video. Venture.

Full-Stack Analytics: The Next Wave of Opportunity in Big Data

Hazard Lights

proprietary analytics, algorithmic and machine learning layer to. Enterprise IT Venture Capital

4 things to know about crowdfunding versus raising capital

The Next Web

This is the best thing for an early stage company and can save an entrepreneur years of their lives and tons of money.

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SEC Adopts Final Crowdfunding Rules: Is It The Win Everyone Hoped For?

VC Deal Lawyer

know that many people have held out hope that these new rules would help fill the ever-widening funding gap that exists between formation and scale, a gap that has grown over the years as a result of Series A money trending to later than early stage.  Personally, I shrugged.  – SEC Chair Mary Jo White. Why The Need for New Rules? 

Should Entrepreneurs Attend Business School?

Up and Running

Instead, you get to work through the business planning and prototyping stages with limited legal structure. Is business school really necessary?

5 Decision-making Types: Which One Are You?

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

New research from McKinsey offers insight into how to play up your strengths and compensate for weaknesses when you''re the one calling the shots.

Lessons From Training 1400+ People in Web API Design

Launch Any

In the early stages of API adoption, most APIs solve a specific problem and often begin as a bolt-on solution within an existing application.

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What we can learn from the evolution of Content Management Systems

The Next Web

1st phase (late 90s, early 00s): New Web programming languages and frameworks. Viktor Marohni? Think back to the very first cell phones.

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Hacking Education – Fracking Education

Seeing Both Sides

Here is what the high-level framework looks like: . You will notice that four of the cells above are shaded light blue.

Lens For Evaluating Startup Ideas

Force of Good: a blog by Lance Weatherby

During one Merrick explained a venture risk framework that most investors used even though they generally don''t talk about it. The framework included management risk , market risk , product risk , and funding risk. One of the things that I have been pondering lately is how I can evaluate startups and startup ideas more systemically.