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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 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?

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.

Startup Outlook from Silicon Valley Bank

Growthink Blog

On Friday Silicon Valley Bank released a survey of 375 executives at startup technology companies in the 4 core venture capital investment sectors – Software/Internet, Hardware, Life Science, and Cleantech. Here is what they found: Tech. Execs. Are Bullish. And listen up Washington - 83 percent of them plan to hire in the coming year.

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

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.

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.

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

ReadWriteStart

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.

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?

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

The Next Web

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Free Startup Docs: How Much Equity Should Advisors Get?

techcrunch.com

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

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.

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.

Why Andrew Mason Thinks Startup Founders Should Share the Wealth

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Pitching to VCs and The Entrepreneurial Bible to Venture Capital

SiliconHills

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

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.

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.

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!

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.

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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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%.

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.

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

ReadWriteStart

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

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. 

Dear elizy: How should I split equity with my co-founders?  And how will that affect raising a seed round?

Hippoland

Bob and I were her students and will be graduating this year.  We plan to incorporate and work on this company full time, while Ada will work on it part-time, as she is a full-time tenured professor.   We are trying to decide how much equity to allocate to each person.  I would like to split the equity equally, since it seems only fair.

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.

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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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

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?

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

philipsmith.typepad.com

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

Christine.net

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

Ask The VC: Make Your Startup Pitch A Winner

Early Growth Financial Services

Do the … Continue reading → Investment Capital: Equity / Debt / VC Funding

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.

Need Funding? You’re In The Right Place!

UC Berkeley

“Over half the money invested in the US is in Silicon Valley this year,” according to mentor capitalist Steve Bengston, head of Emerging Company Services at PricewaterhouseCoopers. UC Berkeley Lester Center for Entrepreneurship Silicon Valley venture capital Other advice?

How Startup Founders Can Connect With VCs

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