March, 2017

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Convertible and SAFE Notes

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

Angel/seed rounds used to be done via priced equity securities, either common or preferred. Then, starting about ten years ago, we started to see convertible debt being used in the angel and seed rounds. By 2010 this was the norm and Paul Graham tweeted this in Aug 2010: Convertible notes have won. Paul Graham (@paulg) August 28, 2010. I do not.

The No Excuses Culture

Steve Blank

Getting ready for our next semester’s class, I asked my Teaching Assistant why I hadn’t seen the posters for our new class around campus. That was it.

The Investment Memo

View from Seed

VC evaluation of seed-stage startups can seem arbitrary or imitative at times. Internally, the scarcity of tangible business metrics – product usage or revenue multiples for example – can make an investment decision feel daunting. The discipline here – as with the whole memo – is being clear and concise.

The Magic of Dealing With Your Demons

Feld Thoughts

Jessi Hempel from Backchannel just wrote an amazing profile piece on my close friend Jerry Colonna. It’s titled This Man Makes Founders Cry.

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Why 2017 Should be a Great Year to Raise Venture Capital

Both Sides of the Table

Recently Upfront Ventures published its outlook for the technology startup world and venture capital overall titled it “ WTF Happened to Winter ?”

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Why large companies acquire small companies

A Smart Bear: Startups and Marketing for Geeks

Large companies don’t acquire small companies for their financials. So this trade is almost always a smart one. This had to be remedied. How-To

Immigration Fundraiser: For Here or To Go

Feld Thoughts

A little over a year ago I wrote a post about a documentary Amy and I were helping fund called For Here or To Go. It seems even more relevant today.

Why the LP Outlook is Good for Venture and Startups in 2017–2020

Both Sides of the Table

Note that all of these names were not started in Silicon Valley. link] So here are some details (please thank & follow! Will it last?

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10 Mistakes Most People Make During an Interview (and What To Do Instead)

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Discover the 10 huge mistakes that most people make during an interview and what they should do instead


7 Business Realities That You Don’t Learn In School

Startup Professionals Musings

Jumping into a business area you don’t know, because you see a chance for big money, is a surefire path to disaster. That’s where you start.

The Big List Of Business Tools: 25 Apps And Resources You Should Be Using

YFS Magazine

Entrepreneurship is an adventure of creativity, self-education, and personal development—a passionate labor of love. Now imagine layering on power-ups.

The Difference Between Cash and Profits

Up and Running

In my article, What You Really Need to Know About Cash Flow , I pointed out that most people think in terms of profits instead of cash. We all do.

The Humanity of Our AI Future


In 1991, as an undergrad, I wrote a paper on social cybernetics and its role in robotics. Roomba vacuums, launched in 2004, are an example.

Integrating Social Media Into Your Business Website

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Social media is very important to small businesses. You should only use it where it makes sense to use it. Each platform has rules and conditions.

The 4 Most Powerful Words You Can Use in Business

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Time and time again, I hear the same four-word phrase from successful investors and entrepreneurs. What's so powerful about these four magic words

8 Reasons To Initiate A Startup In A Sluggish Economy

Startup Professionals Musings

According to CNN Money , the economy is still very sluggish, with only 1.6 percent growth in 2016. Look in the mirror. More available talent.

Through the Looking Glass

Feld Thoughts

He took his vorpal sword in hand: Long time the manxome foe he sought — So rested he by the Tumtum tree, And stood awhile in thought. One, two!

Oracle cloud apps: Growing points of entry

deal architect

I am seeing proof points this generation of enterprise software buyer is not committing to large suites from a single vendor.

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10 Female Entrepreneurs Taking Over The World

YFS Magazine

Here's a look at 10 inspiring female entrepreneurs who are pioneers making moves and taking names every day of the week. Be inspired!

3 Examples Of Creative Branding (From Silicon Valley Giants)

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

When it comes to marketing, there is a lot of noise and competition. With so many similar brands, how can you get your brand to stand out? No way.

How This Simple Little Bot in Google's New Slack Killer Will Change Your (Work) Life

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Google Hangouts Chat has a new bot called @meet and it saves a ton of time


5 Signals To Evaluate To Test The Value Of Your Brand

Startup Professionals Musings

Brands are people first. Customers are people too, so customers tend to take their relationship with a brand personally. The price of progress.

Secret To SaaS Success: Recognize That You're Not Selling Software


I've been working in the software industry for over 25 years. Back in the late 1900s, when you sold software, you sold software. Or fail to learn it.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Companies

Rob Go

A big chunk of our time as VC is spent on internal discussions about companies we are looking at. There are three reasons.

Star Citizen Raises $145 Million from Crowdfunding


By HOJUN CHOI Reporter with Silicon Hills News Managing expectations for projects that have been crowdfunded can often pose as large hurdles for innovators whose creations depend on the support of a faithful and engaged community. Austin

Amanda Mills Los Angeles: Transforming Loss into Hope and Inspiration

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

However, understanding that this is a possibility and actually doing it are often two different things. Personally? Professionally? Blog & Grow

8 Ways Body Language Beats IQ

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

It's good to be smart, but brains will only take you so far.


10 Ways For Business Leaders to Improve Their Skills

Startup Professionals Musings

Being a successful business leader requires continuous improvement in your leadership skills, as well as your products and processes.

4 Tips To Ensure Mobile App Success

YFS Magazine

In today's digital age, mobile apps have become a valuable resource for all types of businesses. Here's how to make sure your mobile app is a success.

The Biggest Skill You Need to Run a Business (It’s Not What You Think)

Up and Running

I hold an MBA from London Business School and there’s no doubt it’s a valuable degree to have under one’s belt. So, what skill is most important?

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Data Mining with Artificial Intelligence is Making Businesses Smarter


By LAURA LOREK Publisher and reporter with Silicon Hills News Social media has caused an explosion in the amount of data generated by people and businesses in the last five years. Yet, data without analysis is worthless. Austin

7 PPC mistakes that’ll burn through your marketing budget

The Next Web

As a startup, your marketing budget is probably a bit tighter than you’d like it to be. Entrepreneur Insider Marketing and SEO

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12 Important Career Lessons Most People Learn Too Late in Life

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Here are the 12 best career lessons everyone should take to heart earlier in their careers


6 Ways to Kill Bad Habits One Small Step At A Time

Startup Professionals Musings

As a result, both their business and their personal lives continue to suffer. That’s where starting small comes in. Ask small questions.