[Interview] Jonmichael Moy, Silicon Valley Veteran On Leading Digital Products To Market


Jonmichael Moy (Jon Michael Moy) may be a seasoned veteran of Silicon Valley, but this accomplished, dedicated technology executive with more than seventeen years of experience in management and operations, product and business development and marketing has now brought his talents to Toronto.

New Early Stage Financing Options for Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

If you are new to the entrepreneurial world of startups, you are likely confused by the terminology of seed-stage, lean startups, micro-VCs, and Super Angels. The good news is that he is all about helping early-stage startups. Early-stage startup.

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Innovation Outposts in Silicon Valley – Going to Where the Action Is

Steve Blank

They are putting Innovation Outposts into Innovation Clusters -in particular Silicon Valley – to tap into the clusters’ innovation ecosystems. (An In the last five years, hundreds of large companies have established Innovation Outposts (and here ) in Silicon Valley.

New Early Stage Financing Options for Entrepreneurs


If you are new to the entrepreneurial world of startups, you are likely confused by the terminology of seed-stage, lean startups, micro-VCs, and Super Angels. The good news is that he is all about helping early-stage startups. Early-stage startup.

10 Marketing Lessons for Early-Stage Tech Startups

Both Sides of the Table

The following are some lessons I learned about early-stage startup marketing. My general rule is that it’s good to be stealth in the early days while you’re building your product and testing your market. I know because I did this in early 2000.

Is Silicon Valley Really Coming to an End?

Both Sides of the Table

By now you probably know that David Sacks , co-founder of PayPal and founder of both Geni & Yammer made some observations on Facebook that Silicon Valley “as we know it” was coming to an end. And a Final Note on Whether Silicon Valley Opportunities Remain.

The two reasons early stage investors should be active investors

The Equity Kicker

Transparency provided by the internet makes this true at all stages, but it’s especially true at the earliest stages where capital requirements have declined precipitously.

Why Silicon Valley Loves Failures

Inc Startups

These are Silicon Valley's clich darlings. In the mid-'90s, Kamran Elahian, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, famously engraved his Ferrari F355's license plate with Momenta, the name of a company he founded in 1989. "Embrace failure." It's best to "fail fast."

Thoughts from the road: building startups and collective ambition outside Silicon Valley

Version One Ventures

Just a few years ago, if you wanted to do something big, you needed to go to Silicon Valley. A few years ago, Boris wrote that something special was happening in the Toronto-KW corridor (for those of you non-Canadians, that would be like SF and the Valley). Yet, having a vibrant ecosystem to seed early stage startups is one thing. If we try to dissect the magic of Silicon Valley, I think there are five key factors at play: Great schools.

The Top 10 Sources of Early-Stage Money

Inc Startups

These investors are the most active financiers of early-stage startups. Now for the question that''s probably on the mind of every young founder: Where can you get seed funding for your great startup idea? Well, there’s friends and family.

(First Annual?) List of Go-To Early-Stage Service Providers in the NextView Ventures Boston Portfolio

Genuine VC

Although these startups are very diverse businesses themselves, they face similar requirements (especially in that they’re currently all in the seed to Series B range of company stage). Recently, we surveyed our Boston-based NextView portfolio Founder/CEOs asking them about which service provider firms they’ve been using.

Silicon Valley Is Still Best Place to Build a Startup But…

Hunter Walker

I’m an unabashedly pro-Silicon Valley homer. However, what Silicon Valley thinks about your startup has never been less important. Bay Area early adopters were generally representative of the people who would be getting online in the next few years. It’s why I believe early stage startups aren’t “over-funded” but under-funded by at least an order of magnitude.

Is This the End of Silicon Valley?

Inc Startups

But there's no shortage of skeptics in the idea a "Silicon Prairie" will emerge. We've got angel networks and early stage VCs, but if you're a new entrepreneur out exploring, there's just not a place to go to find these resources, and it's a very complicated network."

Can You Really Build a Great Tech Firm Outside Silicon Valley?

Both Sides of the Table

Last year I was on Sand Hill Road in Silicon Valley meeting with one of the most prominent venture capital firms in the country. And this Silicon Valley bias isn’t limited to any single meeting – it has been a recurring theme in my time as a VC.

From Silicon Valley to the UAE: Organizations Supporting Women Entrepreneurs

Inc Startups

Wondering how to meet the elusive female investor for your early-stage venture? In this third post in an ongoing series highlighting resources for women interested in investing and entrepreneurs seeking women investors, additional resources stretching from San Diego to the Middle East

Secrets of Silicon Valley's Biggest Investors

Inc Startups

In Silicon Valley, people say that the investor-entrepreneur relationship is like a marriage, only more important. Next, in the courtship stage, everyone is on their best behavior, and little real assessment of fit takes place.

Dave McClure Misses An Additional VC Trend.Outside Silicon Valley

Seeing Both Sides

But I think he's missing one important trend that is happening outside of Silicon Valley. For those of us who practice the VC craft outside of Silicon Valley, it is clear that the mega VC strategy just doesn't work. Nearly all of the mega hits have been Silicon Valley based. Most of the recent big successful exits outside Silicon Valley (e.g., The micro VC strategy also is particularly well-suited for Silicon Valley.

How Can Israeli Startups Raise Funding in Silicon Valley?

VC Cafe

VC investors rely heavily on referrals, but what should a non US startup do when looking to raise funding in Silicon Valley? How best can European startups land VC funding in the US / Sillicon Valley? In answer to the question Do Silicon Valley Angels invest in startups overseas?

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

Scalable Startup

[contact-form] Can any other region “catch up” to Silicon Valley, or be the next Silicon Valley? These towns are setting their expectations way too high while the real Silicon Valley giggles at the sight. Silicon – Uh, yeah, that word?

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. 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

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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. Angel Investor early stage founder Hawaii Revenue Growth Scalability startup startup CEO Tom Nora venture angel investor Cash Flow CEO CEOing CoFounder Entrepreneur first revenue Silicon Valley The Next Level tom nora venture capital

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Silicon Valley Bank HALO report – Angel Investing(Infographic)

Scalable Startup

Angel Investor Business Development CEO Succession early stage founder instagram Revenue Growth Scalability startup startup CEO Tom Nora Some interesting trends here - Mobile is up, The West outside California is up, average valuation is unchanged. link].

Everything you need to know about Silicon Roundabout in 10 Links

VC Cafe

The East London area of Shoreditch, near old street is now known as “ Silicon Roundabout ” the UK’s rival to California’s Silicon Valley, which started as a government effort to rejuvenate East London, the traditionally poorer part of the city, before the Olympics.

Roundtable For Entrepreneurs: Business Schools And Early Stage Entrepreneurship


Most business schools don't have much insight into what goes on in the pre-validation and validation stages of the business and fail to underscore a simple fact: you do not get financing unless you validate your business first. She is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur and strategy consultant. I have written about this before on my Forbes column, but want to raise the question again: Are Business Schools Setting Up Entrepreneurs To Fail?

Norway's Silicon Valley Development Program Back Open


Applications are welcome to Innovation Norway''s flagship business development program, taking place in Silicon Valley this Fall. The program is aimed at Norwegian early-stage technology startups with the potential for international growth. Fancy a month in Palo Alto?

Early Stage Investments For Politicians


I've come across quite a few candidates and politicians who don't fully understand the importance of early stage investments, call it angel investing or whatever you will, for the startup ecosystem and the economy itself.

MySpace Co-Founder: What's Wrong With Silicon Valley

Inc Startups

But Zynga is just the tip of the iceberg--a metaphor for what''s wrong with Silicon Valley, in his opinion. And he''s beginning to wonder--what''s wrong with Silicon Valley? Second, you''re seriously diluting your shares at such an early stage.

Raising Money Using Customer Development

Steve Blank

Unfortunately in early stage startups the drive for financing hijacks the corporate DNA and becomes the raison d’etre of the company. The goal of their startup in this stage becomes “getting funded.” What are Early Stage VC’s Really Asking?

Democratization of Angel Investing

Professor VC

While I will be attending the YC Demo Day next week along with many other Silicon Valley Angels, this is not a public event and difficult to attend for those out of the area. crowdfunding early stage investing angel groups angel investing venture capital

500 Startups? How about 5000!

Scalable Startup

Craig Page @CraigDPage hosted a party 2 weeks ago in Santa Monica that celebrated 500 startups in the SM/Venice ecosystem known as Silicon Beach these days, and he may not be far off. I guess it could happen, So Cal could surpass Silicon Valley some day. Angel Investor Business Development CEO Succession early stage founder Revenue Growth Scalability startup startup CEO Tom Nora Uncategorized venture angel investor CEO CEO blog CoFounder first revenue google

Lessons Learned: Don't launch

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Friday, March 13, 2009 Dont launch Heres a common question I get from startups, especially in the early stages: when should we launch? This is the usual reason given for a marketing launch, but for most early stage startups, its a failure. If you dont know who the partners are, what they pay attention to, or what kind of message they are open to receiving - its too early to launch.

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The Leading Cause of Startup Death – Part 1: The Product.

Steve Blank

Thirty years later we now realize that its one the causes of early startup failure. The Product Development Diagram Emerging early in the twentieth century, this product-centric model described a process that evolved in manufacturing industries. We’ll look at the model stage-by-stage. in this concept and seed stage, creative writing, passion, and shoe leather combine in hopes of convincing an investor to fund the company or the new division.

Early Growth Financial Services (EGFS) Launches JumpStart Program for Early-Stage Startups

Early Growth Financial Services

Outsourced financial services firm adds low-priced, fixed cost offering to their suite of financial services to help support very early-stage startups nationwide. San Jose, CA (PRWEB) July 24, 2014 Early Growth Financial Services (EGFS), an outsourced financial services firm that provides accounting, CFO, strategic finance, tax, and valuation services and support to small to mid-sized companies nationwide, has just announced the launch of their new JumpStart program.

Episode 4: Signs You Need a Manager, Online Tools for Startups, and Our TV and Podcast Top Picks

Up and Running

Jonathan: Silicon Valley (HBO). If you’re a CEO, you’re one of the only people who can get out there at a strategic level and really form some of those key relationships especially at an early stage. Things that you might use to get going in the early stages.

What negotiation tactics does Dave Mcclure use? #500strong

Scalable Startup

He created a new layer for people to get a shot at launching a Silicon Valley start with some cash and mentoring that they never would have otherwise had. Angel Investor CEO Succession early stage founder Hawaii Launch Revenue Growth startup CEO Tom Nora angel investor CEOing CoFounder first revenue google scalability Silicon Valley startups tom nora

The Executive Summary; Loosen Up a bit.

Scalable Startup

I often get inquiries about getting involved in early stage companies here and around the country. You hardly ever see a Silicon Valley startup without one, no matter how early stage. The Executive Summary. The beginning point to discussing a startup the Executive Summary of the company, which lays out the key facts about a startup in 1-2 pages. But I’ve noticed that in L.A. it’s the exception rather than the norm, people want to meet first.

What is Drupal? or, My retraining in Software Development

Scalable Startup

from catching up with Silicon Valley and New York as a stronger startup region. The strongest impact on improving this situation is Silicon Valley and Seattle companies – Google, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft and others are making enormous investments in building So Cal as a software town. I’ve had 7 jobs in Silicon Valley in software development companies, but 6 of the 7 were in business development. Confessions of a Drupalvangelist.

CASH IS KING — C-A-S-H — Friction Cost Reduction — Accountants, Attorneys and Consultants

Scalable Startup

All of these things are magical words to early stagers. In Silicon Valley, Boston, Boulder and a few other places, the growth of the startup world has vastly been enhanced over the past 10 to 30 years by professionals who are not VCs or developers or entrepreneurs – they’re the Accountants, Attorneys, Consultants, Professors, Marketing firms and others who have tremendous influence over VCs, Angels and prospective customers.

The Five Phases of Fundraising

UC Berkeley

by Morten Lund, repeat entrepreneur based in Denmark, the chairman of LundXO and Tradeshift, and a prolific seed-stage investor. At least it’s easier to do in Silicon Valley, where many firms have offices close to each other. Congratulations, you’re one of the few entrepreneurs that connect with early stage venture capital. His seed-stage investment in Skype helped the company build a prototype of its revolutionary communications service.

Investor VCs and Operator VCs

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

From Gene Kleiner and Tom Perkins in the early 70s to Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz at the end of the 00s, this is the iconic model of the venture capital firm and the formula that built Silicon Valley into what it is today. He joined the Board of an early stage company and on it were a couple experienced VCs. Strategy is about setting the stage for execution.