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Silicon Valley's Hottest Matchmaker

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

What began as a social gathering for like-minded entrepreneurs and VCs has evolved into one of the Valley''s most dynamic accelerators.

A Visitors Guide to Silicon Valley

Steve Blank

The “official dignitary” tour of Silicon Valley is like taking the jungle cruise at Disneyland and saying you’ve been to Africa.

Silicon Valley's Female Trouble

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The success of Indians had me convinced that Silicon Valley was a model meritocracy. But if that's true, where are all the women?

Why Silicon Valley Loves Failures

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

These are Silicon Valley's clich darlings. Failure, it seems, is the buzzword of the moment in Silicon Valley.

Why Even Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs Need a Business Plan

Up and Running

The cast of “Silicon Valley” Image credit: HBO. But should most Silicon Valley companies skip the planning process?

Should You Offer Equity Compensation to Employees?

Up and Running

Of course, not every equity compensation story is a David Choe Story. In this article, I’m going to examine: What equity compensation is.

Silicon Valley's New Capital Source: Pawn Shops

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Move over, Menlo Park. A new provider of financing has emerged, and you don''t need to yield any equity to use it. Perhaps just the family jewels

Blue Bottle Coffee's Unlikely Rise to SIlicon Valley Stardom

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Whatever the reason, one thing''s for sure: Blue Bottle Coffee has become a most unlikely darling of Silicon Valley. It was easy."

How Silicon Valley's Most-Connected Exec Does His Hiring


Give early employees as much equity as you can - and reup them over time. live blogged his talk on Google Plus and offer my notes below.

Can A Hoodie Increase Brand Equity?

crowdSPRING Blog

From a brand equity perspective, the purple hoodie was a unique way to acquire 2,000 die-hard brand advocates. Image credit: Twitch. Let them.

The Right Way to Grant Equity to Your Employees

Redeye VC

“The defining difference between Silicon Valley companies and almost every other industry in the U.S. is the virtually universal practice among tech companies of distributing meaningful equity (usually in the form of stock options) to ordinary employees. Follow him on Twitter @arachleff.

Silicon Valley Salaries Hit the Roof

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

As a result, more high-profile execs are decamping to Silicon Valley in lieu of going abroad. With 22 U.S. With U.S.

Amsterdam-based Rockstart Accelerator’s first graduates head to Silicon Valley

The Next Web

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Study Reveals Silicon Valley Is Way Behind on Gender Equality

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

In the 2013 proxy season, more than 80% of Silicon Valley 150 companies had only one woman director or none at all. The reason?

Free Startup Docs: How Much Equity Should Advisors Get?

Free Startup Docs: How Much Equity Should Advisors Get? Tags: founder-institute , Startups , equity Sponsored Ads. Startups. Mobile.

CircleUp Draws More Investors As Equity Crowdfunding Gains Ground

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Securities and Exchange Commission would debate how to shape regulations necessary when one attaches to it equity stakes.

Owning equity in your company should be as common as owning equity in your home

Chris Dixon

Entrepreneurs figured out a long time ago that the benefits of having equity in your company are similar to the benefits of having equity in your house. Silicon Valley expanded this concept by making it standard to grant equity to non-founder employees. – Aristotle  *. startups

The Greenshoe = how to repay all those that helped along the way.

Scalable Startup

Imagine if you’re in Silicon Valley right now with no equity in a tech startup, but associated with several people getting six figure “bonuses” because they somehow wound up with some stock in one. The free parties (or not free) and swag and great stories and boat rides in the bay are nice.

The Greenshoe = how to repay all those that helped along the way.

Scalable Startup

Imagine if you’re in Silicon Valley right now with no equity in a tech startup, but associated with several people getting six figure “bonuses” because they somehow wound up with some stock in one. The free parties (or not free) and swag and great stories and boat rides in the bay are nice.

Pitching to VCs and The Entrepreneurial Bible to Venture Capital


If you’ve got some heavy hitter, celebrity entrepreneur or investor making the introduction for you, your chances improve astronomically.

Why Andrew Mason Thinks Startup Founders Should Share the Wealth

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Mark Cuban on Why You Need to Study Artificial Intelligence or You’ll be a Dinosaur in 3 Years

Both Sides of the Table

Mark said that the beauty of Silicon Valley isn’t the money available for financing it’s the money available for exits. Politics.

Jobs, Zuckerberg Share Brand Equity W/Obama at Silicon Valley Dinner, Great Pics

Campus Entrepreneurship

The guest list from the dinner: John Doerr, partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Carol Bartz, president and CEO, Yahoo!

Main Street Hub Closes on $27 Million in Debt Refinancing and Expansion


Main Street Hub, announced this week, that it has closed on $27 million debt refinancing and expansion with Silicon Valley Bank. To date, Main Street Hub has raised more than $70 million of equity and debt financing. The Austin-based startup plans to use the funds to further develop its technology and sales operations. Austin

A Time for Action

The Entrepreneurial Mind

The explanation could be tied to the fact that the financial sector has sucked up so much talent that might have otherwise done something useful in Silicon Valley or in other entrepreneurial hubs. useful in Silicon Valley or in other entrepreneurial hubs." Wrong. The two trends are not disconnected. Just the opposite.

Fenwick & West - Internet/Digital Media and Software Industries Silicon Valley and Seattle 2010

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

Background - In 2002, Fenwick & West began publishing its Silicon Valley Venture Capital Survey. Percentage of deals that convert at a discount to the next equity round valuation: 67%. We have approximately 300 attorneys, with offices in Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Seattle and Boise. By Barry J. Software.

Facebook IPO Lessons

Venture Chronicles

Facebook benefited from a wide range of factors that drove interest in the company, not the least of which was that for private equity investors who had large funds to put to work, there were few options that scaled to the degree that Facebook did. Entrepreneurship Facebook IPO Silicon Valley VC

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Pari Passu or F.U.little guy

Professor VC

Another closely related area is that of variable pricing on convertible debt or equity deals where different investors have different caps.

Raising Financing: Convertible Debt vs. Equity

Instigator Blog

Seth Levine from Foundry Group touched off a debate on which is the best way to raise startup financing: convertible debt or equity. That’s the way you would price it for equity. When you raise the next round, the initial investors convert their debt into equity, but typically at a discount. Let’s say 20%.

Snowflakes in the Valley: What Happens When 40 Nordic Entrepreneurs Visit Silicon Valley


The Internet might be truly global then, but the world of startups still revolves much around Silicon Valley. Silicon Valley is a hub.

Silicon Valley: Only Game in Town?

Growthink Blog

venture capital investing activity, Silicon Valley is the nation’s unrivaled tech early technology investing epicenter. But it does beg the question: Has Silicon Valley become so dominant - has it so separated itself - that the best opportunities can only be found there? With 41% of all U.S. Great for them. Of course not.

Securing Startup Financing for Tech Companies

Early Growth Financial Services

The webinar featured Lighter Capital’s CEO, BJ Lackland, Silicon Valley Bank’s Head of Early Stage Banking, Claire Lee, and Voyager Capital’s Managing Partner Erik Benson.   We compiled the top audience questions and answers: How is getting funding from VCs different from obtaining financing from other types of investors?

Inside the Financial Thriller Breaking Hollywood's Gender Barriers

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The producers of the film 'Equity,' opening Friday, are also taking on Silicon Valley, Wall Street, and even the race for the White House

8 Tips for Making Real VC Connections

Early Growth Financial Services

With our client roster of successfully funded startups and my close relationships with many in the investor community in Silicon Valley, I think I’ve figured out 6 keys for making these kinds of real connections: 1. To new entrepreneurs, this can seem like one of … Continue reading → Equity / Debt / Venture Funding

Bigger in Bend – Building a Regional Startup Cluster–part 1 of 3

Steve Blank

The differences between the Bend, Oregon region and Silicon Valley are obvious. Silicon Valley Transplants. Monday.

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Legal Checklist for Startups

Scott Edward Walker

I’ve been a corporate lawyer for 17+ years, and there are certain fundamental legal mistakes that I’ve seen startups repeatedly make. 

Silicon Valley Frontlines: Two Tales of "Working For Equity"

Silicon Valley Frontlines. Two Tales of "Working For Equity". Working for equity only is, realistically, the way most startups have to get going. Someone in my network forwarded an email to me from a recruiting firm that is quite active in the Valley. Working for equity only is a perfectly valid way to go.

Christine: LOST: Notes from Silicon Valley Summit

« Silicon Valley Summit Skews Low on Women | Main | Is Page Views/Employee the New Performance Benchmark? Christine (.net)

Experiment and Scandal

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Some of this has happened because entertainment and culture has embraced the world of experimentation and innovation (Shark Tank, Silicon Valley). We are living in a time of great experiments. They are not happening in the lab. They are happening in the real world. And they are being financed by real people. They need to fail.

Open Source Entrepreneurship

Steve Blank

Visitors Guide to Silicon Valley. The Guide tab on the top of this page? I got tired watching dignitaries fly into Silicon Valley, visit Google, Facebook, Apple, and Stanford and then say they understand startups and entrepreneurship. So for the rest of us I put together this Visitors Guide to Silicon Valley.