Put A Coin In It! Invest In Early Stage Startups To See Maximum ROI

YoungUpstarts

by Emmanuel de Watteville, co-founder of Blue Ocean Ventures. Investing has always (and will always) come with a long laundry list of liabilities that can deter even the most experienced investors from making a generous contribution to a startup or early-stage company they believe in.

How Much Founder Stock Should You Offer Co-Founders?

Startup Professionals Musings

Two heads are better than one, so the first task in many startups is finding a co-founder or two. Giving a co-founder a salary won’t get you the “fire in the belly” you want. The CTO of many technical startups was the original founder.

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The Importance of Proprietary Deal Flow in Early-Stage VC

Both Sides of the Table

What stage? Should I trust my instincts for founders and products or should I be more focused on the market size or business plan? I sorted out pretty early that lawyers were a great source of deal flow. We are judging how well you are coached on stage.

Nine Early Stage Startups Pitch at DivInc’s Fourth Demo Day

SiliconHills

Those early-stage companies have raised $2.5 million and generated more than $1 million in revenue, said Preston James, DivInc co-founder. “In The post Nine Early Stage Startups Pitch at DivInc’s Fourth Demo Day appeared first on SiliconHills. In two years, DivInc, an Austin-based accelerator focused on mentoring and coaching ethnically diverse and women-led tech startups, has had four cohorts with 36 companies.

Why Early-Stage VCs Should Be Careful About Intros from Bankers

Both Sides of the Table

What stage? Should I trust my instincts for founders and products or should I be more focused on the market size or business plan? I sorted out pretty early that lawyers were a great source of deal flow. We are judging how well you are coached on stage.

The evolution of early stage investing in the UK

The Equity Kicker

We see this all the time at Forward Partners where we invest right from the idea stage and most of the companies get a first version of their product live for less than £30k (that generally includes founder salaries and time spent doing customer research).

5 Criteria For Splitting Equity In Your New Venture

Startup Professionals Musings

I always tell entrepreneurs that two heads are better than one, so the first task in many startups is finding a co-founder or two. Giving a co-founder a salary won’t get you the “fire in the belly” you want. The CTO of many technical startups was the original founder.

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How to pick a co-founder

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SUPPORTED BY Products Archives @venturehacks Books AngelList About RSS How to pick a co-founder by Naval Ravikant on November 12th, 2009 Update : Also see our 40-minute interview on this topic. Picking a co-founder is your most important decision. How to pick a co-founder?

The Co-Founder Mythology

Both Sides of the Table

I covered what I call “the co-founder mythology.&# Either you’re not technical and you think you need a technical co-founder or vice-versa. It is increasingly popular to have “founder dating&# or “startup weekend hackathons&# of some variety or the other. Hire your co-founder. Truly treat them like a co-founder. Publicly call them a co-founder. So we’re co-CEO’s&# BS.

Finding Your Co-Founders

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The number one question you all asked after reading my last blog post about starting a business from scratch was “how do I find my co-founders?&# And therein lies the problem in finding co-founders for that startup you’re dying to launch. It’s most comfortable to hang out with people like ourselves, but those are exactly the folks you probably don’t want to co-found a startup with. Finding Your Co-Founders [.]

How We Fight – Cofounders in Love and War

Steve Blank

I often get asked about finding cofounders and I usually give the standard list of characteristics of what I look for in a founder. But Jessica Alter , Cofounder & CEO of FounderDating , pointed out that co founders did not mean two founders in the same room.

What’s Your VC Tech Stack? Results from a Survey of Early-Stage VC Funds

David Teten

As a globally focused LP in early stage VC funds, we at Blue Future Partners have observed a growing trend of firms investing substantially in software tools, whether developing proprietary solutions or adopting off the shelf tools. In his white paper How Private Equity and Venture Capital Investors Are Eating Their Own Dogfood , PEVCTECH.com founder David Teten explored how private equity and venture capital investors are trying to automate more of their job.

FINDING A CO-FOUNDER

Scalable Startup

Describing this other person variously as a co-founder, partner, CTO, and collaborator, the focus has been on someone with the right combination of technical experience/excellence, mutual chemistry, plus the right timing and inclination in their lives to do this. In looking for a co-founder, I’m searching for the combination that will allow us to build a long term growth company, scalable and adaptable over several years. I’m going to keep looking for a cofounder.

Tech Founder Wins at Early Stage

ithacaVC

At the early stages of a startup, the founding team is probably the most important variable of success. As a company matures, the concept of “founding team” is replaced by “management team”, which may and hopefully includes the founders. Focusing on the early stage, the founding team typically will have a tech oriented founder and a business oriented founder. Company XT has a tech founder and business founder.

Founder Interview: Sales Leads Platform AssuredLeads

The Startup Magazine

As part of The Startup Magazine founder interview series , we talked with Travis Batiza, the founder of AssuredLeads, a sales and marketing platform serving the insurance industry. Fail early and often and identify how to learn and improve.

Excerpt from "Do More Faster" - Avoid Co-Founder Conflict by Dharmesh Shah

ReadWriteStart

Do More Faster: TechStars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup is the new book by David Cohen , founder and CEO of TechStars, and Brad Feld , managing director of Foundry Group. Below is his chapter, Avoid Co-Founder Conflict. Yes, that's right--even co-founders can be terminated.

You Don't Need a Co-Founder

This is going to be BIG.

I've heard a lot of VCs tell founders they need co-founders--and that they wouldn't look at a business at a very early stage without a co-founder. A lot of accelerators treat solo founders the same way--making it an implied requirement to participate. I don't think you can get into YC with this kind of "Godfather"-type co-founder as your partner if they're not going to be there day in and day out. but you do need a team.

How to Find Startup Co-Founders Online and in the Real World

VC Cafe

So how do you go about finding co-founders and early members of your startup? VC Cafe took a look at the most promising sources for finding co-founders, both in the “real world” and online. . Who are the co-founders and what have they previously done?

Q&A with Business Incubator Co-founder Joe Maruschak

Up and Running

Do you have an early-stage startup? A business in its early stages can often use a leg up, whether in the form of wise words from a mentor or an introduction to a strategic partner. Q&A with Joe Maruschak, co-founder of Fertilab Thinkubator .

Zachary Bogue And Matt Ocko Launch Data Collective, An Early Stage Fund For Big Data Startups

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Zachary Bogue And Matt Ocko Launch Data Collective, An Early Stage Fund For Big Data Startups. Alexia Tsotsis is the co-editor of TechCrunch. Founders Den co-founder and angel investor Zachary Bogue has joined forces with seasoned big data VC Matt Ocko , Metamarkets founder Michael Driscoll and Prismatic CEO Bradford Cross to launch Data Collective , the world’s first Big Data-only early stage investment fund. Startups. Mobile.

A Google Docs interview with Richard Simms, co-founder of Tech Talent South

Jeff Hilimire

My name is Richard Simms and, I am a Cofounder of Tech Talent South. My Cofounder, Betsy Idilbi , and I started working on TTS about a year and a half ago and have been going a million miles an hour since then.

Does Your Startup Need A Technical Co-Founder?

ReadWriteStart

But when it comes to core technical skills, more and more entrepreneurs are opting to partner with technical co-founders rather than hiring someone for an in-house position. Very early-stage startups may have to give up as much as 30% of their company to bring on a rockstar programmer.

Why Cofounders Matter

Rob Go

Every now and then, I get a big reminder of just how helpful it is for entrepreneurs to have co-founders. Of course, having the wrong co-founders is really damaging. Also, there are many successful founders who have done great without a meaningful co-founder. But for the most part, I tend to agree that the best performing early stage teams are led by at least two or three founders who are meaningful co-owners with complimentary skill sets.

How Much Equity a Technical Cofounder Should Get - Nathan Hurst's Blog

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The graphic below balances the risks cofounders take with their relative contributions to help answer this question. Technical cofounders, remember that the number of shares or options doesnt matter, just your percentage ownership (what the chart shows).

Validating Business Ideas Before Finding Technical Cofounders – Forbes

Scalable Startup

Validating Business Ideas Before Finding Technical Cofounders – Forbes. Angel Investor Business Development CEO Succession Revenue Growth Scalability startup startup CEO Tom Nora venture advertising angel investor CEOing CoFounder early stage google iOS tom nora venture capital

Does Your Startup Need A Technical Co-Founder?

ReadWriteStart

But when it comes to core technical skills, more and more entrepreneurs are opting to partner with technical co-founders rather than hiring someone for an in-house position. Very early-stage startups may have to give up as much as 30% of their company to bring on a rockstar programmer.

Women 2.0 » FounderDating: How I Found My Co-Founder

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female founders. founder friday. Lessons learned from female founders and women entrepreneurs. Startup Quote: Wendy Tan White on Building a Successful Startup » FounderDating: How I Found My Co-Founder. Tweet By Elizabeth Knopf (Co-Founder & CEO, Sorced).

Timing: When to raise seed funding.

Scalable Startup

They come in lots of different flavors and stages of fundability. In their quest for sustainable growth, the elusive dream for most first time founders is that first funding. This can either come from the founder(s) own bank account or from outside investors.

5 creative ways to find a technical co-founder

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Principal at Genesis Partners, an early-stage Israeli VC. Popular Posts: 5 Creative Ways to Find a Technical Co-Founder. 5 creative ways to find a technical co-founder. Technical co-founders are a scarce resource. Venturing from Israel.

Smoke vs Fire: Handling ?Preemptive? Interest From VCs ? AGILEVC

Agile VC

Startups in NextView’s portfolio frequently receive inbound interest from other VC investors who are intrigued about what they’re doing, and I often talk with other early-stage entrepreneurs how to approach similar situations. How to Evaluate Firms for a Seed VC.

Founders’ Agreements: Why You Can’t Afford Not to Have One

Early Growth Financial Services

One way to place both yourself and your startup business in a high-risk position is to wing it when it comes to formal agreements between you and your cofounder(s). I wrote a post last year on how to recover from a cofounder’s exit. Founders’ agreements are an absolutely necessary piece of startup infrastructure, helping provide the foundation for a successful business.

Startup Game Changers: What to Focus On in Your Startup’s Early Days

Early Growth Financial Services

Discussion kicked off with what to focus on in the early days of your startup when so many things need attention. Panelists advised founders to concentrate on communication, equity, and creating first, with Steve Davis pointing out that it’s also critically important to “document stuff.” Put your co-founder agreement, including what happens when one of you leaves, in writing.

Rapportive – ee all info on anyone who emails you

Scalable Startup

Business Development startup CEO Tom Nora venture CEO blog CoFounder early stage tom noraRapportive. via Rapportive.

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New Web Order - Finding a Technical Co-Founder

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Finding a Technical Co-Founder. In the recent weeks, I have also had no less than three people email me and ask about finding a technical co-founder, which has also been a very frequent topic on the Hacker News forums. Perhaps the easiest way to find potential technical co-founders is to hang out in both online and offline communities where technical entrepreneurs gather. Ask former co-workers. Evaluating a technical co-founder.

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Great, Simple Cap Table Tool for Startups from SMARTASSET

Scalable Startup

Founders, Co-Founders, next employees, Investors, Etc. The founders of SmartAsset went through this process and decided to open it up to the world. Angel Investor audio beach CEO Succession early stage founder Hawaii Launch Scalability startup startup CEO Tom Nora venture angel investor Cash Flow CEO CoFounder tom nora venture capital

What If You’re Not CEO Material? [Excellent article by David Cohen @davidcohen of TechStars]

Scalable Startup

Angel Investor Business Development CEO Succession early stage founder Launch Scalability startup CEO Uncategorized CEO CEO blog CEOing CoFounder Software Development startups succession The Next Level[link].

Democratization of Angel Investing

Professor VC

I had a conversation recently with Alex Mittal, Co-founder and CEO of FundersClub (FC) and decided to revisit my blog post from last fall that was skeptical of crowdfunding for angel investments. crowdfunding early stage investing angel groups angel investing venture capital

Splitting Startup Equity for Your Piece of the Pie

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the first tough decisions that startup founders have to make is how to allocate or split the equity among co-founders. In many cases, one founder has started earlier and brings an important completed piece of work to the table, and that can have great value.

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Entrepreneurial Thought Leader Highlights by Stanford University | Stanford / Entrepreneurship

Scalable Startup

Angel Investor Business Development CEO Succession early stage founder klipsch Revenue Growth startup startup CEO Tom Nora venture angel investor CEO CEO blog CoFounder google leadership The Next Level tom noraEntrepreneurial Thought Leader Highlights by Stanford University | Stanford / Entrepreneurship. via Entrepreneurial Thought Leader Highlights by Stanford University | Stanford / Entrepreneurship.

“Recommendation Swapping” on Linkedin

Scalable Startup

Gregory A Weinstein Founder and CEO, One Fulfilling Life. Gregory A Weinstein has recommended your work as Founder, Marketing, Community Development at Startup Workshops.

Infographic: Which CEOs Are More Social? | CEO.com

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Angel Investor Business Development CEO Succession startup CEO stereo Tom Nora #INC500 advertising angel investor Cash Flow CEOing CoFounder early stage google iOS Leader leadership tom noraINC 500 CEOs are paid much less than Fortune 500. Is this gap closing? Infographic: Which CEOs Are More Social? CEO.com.

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

Scalable Startup

startup venture Scalability early stage startup CEO Revenue Growth founder Angel Investor Tom Nora Hawaii CEO CEOing first revenue venture capital angel investor tom nora CoFounder The Next Level Cash Flow Silicon Valley Entrepreneur How is it that so many people associated with startups reap the financial benefits, yet others just as close get no financial upside This is a source of frustration among many people in the startup sphere.

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Silicon Valley Uber Alles? I think so… Some of their Secret Weapons.

Scalable Startup

Angel Investor Business Development CEO Succession Drupal early stage founder Hawaii Jobs Launch Revenue Growth Scalability startup startup CEO Tom Nora Uncategorized venture acquisition angel investor CEO blog CEOing CoFounder google income iOS leadership Silicon Valley tom nora venture capital