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Fortune’s Term Sheet Ultimate Business Book List

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It was fun to see Venture Deals on the most recent Fortune Term Sheet Ultimate Business Book List. It’s a pretty awesome list. I’ve read most of the books on it and just bought the few that I haven’t yet read. Books fortune

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Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist is the definitive guide to venture financings. This book is for anyone who wants the insider’s guide to raising money, negotiating deals, and to know what really makes venture capitalists tick. Venture Deals

Don’t Have A Lazy Relationship With Your VC

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Today’s great post is from Bilal Zuberi @ Lux Capital. In it he asserts that Friends Don’t Let Friends Have a Lazy VC/CEO Relationship.

Venture Deals Interview on Game Change Network

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With the publication of the third edition of Venture Deals , we have done some interviews around the book. I thought this one with Chicke Fitzgerald on The Game Changer Network was particularly good. Enjoy! Media interview

Bootstrapping with Brad Feld

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Tom and Tony of tastytrade talk with Brad about Foundry Group, Techstars and Bootstrapping… Related articles. Startup Life Interview With Sandy Grason. The Kentucky Thesis. How Is Your Q1 Going? ” Feld Thoughts Feld Thoughts.

Fred Wilson on Reserves

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Fred Wilson has a spectacular post up on how VC funds should think about reserves. It’s even more valuable to entrepreneurs so they can understand how the best VCs think about reserves, giving the entrepreneurs ammunition to ask their investors how they are thinking about reserves. I only noticed one thing missing from Fred’s post which is a statement about cashflow which I commented on. “Fred – phenomenal. The only thing I noticed missing was a comment on fund cash flow.

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Top Cell Phone Companies That Offers Best Deals

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Choosing a wireless provider is important as getting a Smartphone. The service provider offers the network, considering that you'll possibly end up spending an acceptable price for the service, and there is no reason in keeping with a poor service. However, there is no assured way to forecast this. For every person who may have a bad story experience with a carrier, recently there tend to be. Best Plans Cell phone companies

Employee Questions To Ask When Joining A Unicorn

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Scott Belsky has a great post up titled Don’t Get Trampled: The Puzzle For “Unicorn” Employees. In it, he’s got a bunch of questions, along with detailed discussion, that you should ask your potential employer if you are considering a job at a unicorn (company with > $1b private valuation.) His suggestion is to strongly “audit your comp” in advance. The questions include: Have you raised capital with liquidation preferences, and what are they?

Best Family Cell Phone Plans

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If you're planning to keep all your family connected under only one single bill, family cell phone plans are the best choice. Every large carrier permits you to purchase for a month bundles of web data and talk minute, saving you some money. The price of 4 individual in AT&T service with 2 gigabytes of web data each, increases around 220 dollars, while a 4 members on a family plan costs 160. Best family cell phone plans Best Plans

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Best Technology In HTC Mobiles Phones

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HTC is the leading mobile company which is known for manufacturing the best and the finest smartphones. The superior designer finish and latest user interface with HTC Sense 3.0 together with amazing Android 2.3 gingerbread brings out what we call … Continue reading → Tech Mobile

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Learn Everything You Need To Know About Venture Capital in 90 Minutes

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My partner Jason and our dear friend Professor Brad Bernthal are attempting to teach everything there is to know about the venture ecosystem in 90 minutes on January 28th. The link to the event is here.

Bootstrapping with Brad Feld

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Tom and Tony of tastytrade talk with Brad about Foundry Group, Techstars and Bootstrapping… Related articles. Startup Life Interview With Sandy Grason. The Kentucky Thesis. How Is Your Q1 Going? ” Feld Thoughts Feld Thoughts.

New VC Blogger – Greg Gottesman (Madrona)

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My long time friend and favorite Seattle VC Greg Gottesman has started blogging. Greg’s a great writer and super thoughtful investor so I expect his blog will be one to read and comment on. It’s certainly going to be in my daily blogroll.

Who are stock certificates issued to and when?

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Q: We are a Delaware C Corp registered as a Foreign Entity in Colorado our home state and we need to figure out the answers to the following questions with regards to stock certificates.

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What’s An LP Meeting Like?

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Hunter Walk, one of the two founders of Homebrew , a VC firm started in 2013, just wrote a great post about Homebrew’s first LP meeting. My partners at Foundry Group and I are LPs in Homebrew and we’re actually hosting Hunter and his partner Satya Patel in Boulder for dinner tomorrow night, followed by some office hours in Boulder on Tuesday. I love Hunter’s blog and his transparency about his experience as a VC. If you don’t know Hunter, he used to run Youtube at Google.

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What is the Appropriate Time Horizon of a Financial Model for VC’s

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Q: When building a financial projection model for a pitch to VC’s, should you include future rounds of funding in the model or simply show what measurable goal you are trying to achieve with the current round you are seeking? A (Brad): It depends on the stage of the company. But first, it’s important to understand how a VC is going to look at your projections in the first place.

How Your Cell Phone Can Save You Headaches

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The holiday shopping season is in full swing now. This means long lines, great deals, stress, and insane amounts of time spent in stores. However, your cell phone can go to great lengths to making shopping this holiday season that … Continue reading → Tech Mobile

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HTC One mini Review

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HTC has unveiled the HTC One mini, a smaller version of its flagship that brings many of the high-end phones features to a more compact package and makes them available to anyone who may be reluctant to fork out for … Continue reading → Tech Mobile

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BlackBerry Q10 Review

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BlackBerry continues the introduction of its BlackBerry 10 platform with the Q10, a device that will look familiar to lovers of the Canadian firm’s older devices. In contrast to the full touchscreen Z10 , the Q10 features a small display … Continue reading → Tech Mobile

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HTC One max Hands-On Review

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We’ve managed to get our hands on the brand new device from HTC, the HTC One max. Not to be left out of the growing phone trend, HTC invited us to have a play with the new phone and here’s … Continue reading → Tech Mobile

One Of Our Investors Just Closed Shop. What Should We Do?

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Q: What is the best path to take if a VC which has invested in my company closes down, but we have not exited and are still operating profitably ? What happens to the LLC entity that was formed at the time of investment? Do we ask the VC for our shares back or buy them back at a discount? . A (Brad): First, you need to understand what actually happened to your VC firm. There are lots of specific points in time to consider. Let’s start with two magic milestones – year 5 and year 10.

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Hornik: Get an Introduction

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I love it when David Hornik – one of the very first (maybe the first) VC bloggers writes a post. Today’s is Want to get funded? Get an introduction! So simple, yet so often overlooked or ignored. The punch line – it’s the transitive property that we learned about in elementary school math: So how do you get funded? Step one — get an introduction. Find someone you know who can introduce you to the person you want to pitch.

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How Some Investors Think About Projects on Kickstarter

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NPR recently did a great piece titled As Kickstarter Evolves, Investors Watch For Next $1 Billion Idea. Brad, who is a big backer of projects on Kickstarter (73 at last count), was interviewed and rattled off a bunch of the companies he’s supported on Kickstarter, including two that we are investors in: Occipital Structure Sensor and Modular Robotics MOSS.

Where Can I Find Information on Starting Salaries for a SaaS Startup?

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Q: Where can I get some good starting salary information for a SaaS startup? I need the information for CEO, CFO, CIO, CINO, Director of Sales. How much should the starting salaries vary for a startup with $5 million vs $10 million gross revenue? A (Brad): First of all, you can find a great deal of info on structuring employee compensation right here on Ask the VC.

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Is There More Than One Type Of Convertible Debt?

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Troy Henikoff and I had lunch a month or so ago in Chicago and the conversation turned to convertible debt. I’d recently made an offer to invest in a company Troy was an investor in and the entrepreneur and I got tangled up in the definition of pre and post money in the context of existing convertible debt. In this case there were multiple traunches of convertible debt at different valuation caps.

Don’t Have A Lazy Relationship With Your VC

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Today’s great post is from Bilal Zuberi @ Lux Capital. In it he asserts that Friends Don’t Let Friends Have a Lazy VC/CEO Relationship.

Reid Hoffman – New VC Blogger (Essayist)

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Reid Hoffman, founder / executive chairman of LinkedIn and partner at Greylock has started blogging. Well – he’s started writing long form essays on a blog that my understanding is will come out about once a month. The first post is If, Why, and How Founders Should Hire a “Professional” CEO. It is outstanding and I expect Reid’s blog should be on your must read list.

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Issues with Equity Misalignment

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Q: In our startup we have 4 founders, two of whom are not full time. We’ve all put in a good sum of cash thus far. The two founders with the least equity happen to be the two tech founders. Some of us feel that we made a mistake when allocating shares in the beginning – there is one founder in particular who does not do any work, and he has the second-most equity (the split goes like this: 32%, 26%, 10%, 7.5% with the rest for employees + advisors).

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When Should A Company Be Formed Around an Idea?

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Question: I participated in a company’s “app challenge weekend” (which they described as somewhere between a hackathon and a startup weekend). I am excited to continue working on the product that my team built over the weekend with 2 of the team members (my brother and the guy who pitched the idea). My preference is to formalize a relationship by forming a company.

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Motorola Moto E Review: Full of Surprises

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Motorola pretty much broke the mould when it released the Moto G, an affordable smartphone with specs to impress. But, less than a year. later, it’s done it once again with the Moto E, a device that, on paper, redefines our. price expectations. It’s got a tidy set of features and it’s kind on the pocket, but how does the Motorola E really measure up? Key features. Motorola Review

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Review: Out of this world

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Few manufacturers have had a better year than Samsung. And, following the mammoth success of the Galaxy S4, it’s now the turn of the Samsung Galaxy S5 to replicate the impressive sales figures. To do this it looks like the Korean firm has stuck to what it knows, albeit with a few added bells and whistles. But will it have enough. going on to hit the heights of its predecessor? Samsung Reviews

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Where Are The Best Executive Programs and Crash Courses for Venture Capital?

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Q: As a rookie VC trial by fire is a great way to learn. Aside from crunching through some early deals, where are the best executive programs and crash courses for newbies to the VC world? A: While self serving, we recommend you start with our book – Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer And Venture Capitalist. In addition, there are a bunch of courses now using the book that are referenced on the web that include additional materials that are helpful.

Sony Xperia Z1 Review: The Xperia Xperience

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The Sony Xperia Z1 is everything anyone needs when looking for a premium Android phone; it’s sleek, chic, got loads going on under the hood, and it runs all day. It’s a new. generation in the smartphone world – a new player destined for. greatness. Key Features 20.7 megapixel camera. 5-inch HD display. Water & dustproof. Sony Reviews

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Nokia Lumia 1320 review: Big & bold

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Big is beautiful, and this particular mantra is certainly believed. by Nokia as its 6-inch Lumia 1320 is nothing short of an imposing. presence. The more affordable sibling of the Nokia Lumia 1520 packs quite a punch thanks to its size, but do the specs live up to the statement: bigger is better? Key features 6-inch LCD display. 5 megapixel camera. Nokia Reviews

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Moto G Review: Aint nothin’ but a G-thang

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Very few Phones manage to strike the difficult balance between. value and performance. So, with that in mind, when one comes along. claiming to achieve this, it makes it all the more exciting. Key Features 4.5-inch display. 1.2GHz quad-core processor. 5 megapixel camera. Android Jelly Bean operating system. Motorola Review

Nokia Lumia 625 review: Speed & style

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The Nokia Lumia 625 isn’t to be confused with similarly named Lumia models. Although it’s closely related to the 520 and 620, it comes with a host of features that look. much more towards the premium end of the spectrum. Giants like the Lumia 1020. are paving the way for the Finnish firm’s name, but how does the Nokia Lumia 625. level up? Key features 4.7-inch LCD. Nokia Reviews

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Review: Cut-Price Power

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Many tablets have price tags that match their large screen size, and can cost more than a lot of people are comfortable spending in one go. Not the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, which is trimmed down in every way, featuring a 7-inch display and a cut-down price that makes it an affordable option that performs above its price. range. Key Features 7-inch TFT display. Samsung Reviews

HTC One Mini 2 Review: Hands-On

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After pulling off another successful launch with the M8, HTC is quickly back in the game with the HTC One mini 2. It looks to offer a similar experience in a smaller package, but how will it measure up? We managed to get some very brief hands-on time with the phone to see how it was looking… Key features 4.5-inch display. 1.2GHz quad-core processor. HTC Reviews

Sony Xperia M2 Review: Mid-range masterpiece

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Following the success of the recently released Sony Xperia Z2, there’s still a buzz around the Japanese company’s name. Now it’s introducing the Xperia M2, is this the answer for those that want Sony’s expertise without the high-end price tag? Let’s find out… Xperia M2 Key features 4.8-inch qHD display. 8 megapixel camera. 1.2GHz quad-core processor. Sony Reviews

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What Costs Are Considered Reimbursable To The Founders Of A Startup Company?

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Q: What costs are considered reimbursable to the founder of a start-up company? More specifically, if the founder has been boot-strapping his company since inception, and he agrees to a series a term sheet with a VC firm, are the operational costs incurred by the founder between this time and the closing of the round reimbursable to the founder? For example: The founder of a consumer product company and a VC firm agree to a term sheet in July.

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