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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 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.

Why Some Startups Win

Steve Blank

If you don’t know where you’re going, how will you know when you get there? I was having a second coffee with an ex student, now the head of a marketing inside a rapidly growing startup. His company had marched through customer discovery, learning about the customer problem, validated solutions and was now scaling sales and marketing. All good news.

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 ?”

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.

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6 Keys to Becoming an Influencer for More Business

Startup Professionals Musings

The most powerful way to grow your business and your career these days is to become a visible influencer in your domain. Whiddon. Whiddon

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


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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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

5 varieties of remote working in companies

Scaling remote working has been a challenge as the team has grown. The levels of remote working. Not remote / office-based culture.

Science Says This Simple Habit Can Literally 'Reverse the Aging Process'

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Do this every day, and you can "reverse some manifestations of aging," according to a new study


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

9 Keys To Measuring Your Social Media Campaign ROI

Startup Professionals Musings

If you are an entrepreneur these days, or trying to grow an existing business, everyone is telling you that you need to use social media.

Living with IoT & home automation

Venture Chronicles

Over the last few months, I have upgraded components in our home to devices which feature IoT and home automation capabilities. Rating: A, recommend.

9 Ways the Most Successful Leaders Refuse to Run Their Meetings

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Sometimes, what you don't do matters even more than what you do


Buzz Aldrin is on a Mission to Occupy Mars


should occupy the red planet. Austin

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How To Grow A Customer Database Of 1000 People In 3 Months


Succeeding in business depends on scaling customer growth. Optimise the conversion process. Using effective calls to action. Demonstrating proof.

A Designer’s Perspective on Working with Product Managers

The Product Guy

Guest Post by: David Pasztor. A product manager just stopped by the desk of the designer on a lazy Thursday afternoon. About the Author.

12 Podcasts That Will Make You Into Better Leaders

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Leadership is unlocking people's potential to become better

Encouraging More Startups at the University of Texas at Austin


By HOJUN CHOI Reporter with Silicon Hills News University of Texas president Greg Fenves and Bob Metcalfe, inventor of Ethernet, explored ways that universities can have a bigger impact on the world at the “Research Universities Should be Better at Startups” session at South by Southwest. Austin

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How Microsoft, Uber, Twitter, and Google came to Boulder

David Cohen

A thriving startup community provides a boost to the greater community in lots of ways. It encourages innovation and investment, attracts creative, entrepreneurial people, and generates a certain energy– making the entire city a more desirable place to live. By the way, even as I write this Twitter has 10 job openings in Boulder right now.

Are enterprise suites dying?

deal architect

Most large vendors still talk in terms of selling entire application suites, growing their “wallet share” of customer IT spend, and the joy of their “all you can eat” buffets. It all sounds so retro, 90s talk because so many. Industry Commentary

1 Surprisingly Simple Tip to Make You More Productive and Less Stressed

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Keep productivity simple with one easy change to your routine. You'll feel accomplished at the end of every day

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Pakistan Teams with Austin for Global Entrepreneurship Opportunities


By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News Pakistan is working hard to grow a tech ecosystem, and this week signed agreements both with the City of Austin and Capital Factory to further those efforts. Austin

6 Keys To Hiring The Best Team For Your New Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Startup investors tell me they invest in a new venture with a higher caliber of people, rather than the product or service, and I agree.

How to Use LinkedIn Groups to Generate Quality Leads Continuously

Duct Tape Marketing

How to Use LinkedIn Groups to Generate Quality Leads Continuously written by Guest Post read more at Duct Tape Marketing. And it is. LinkedIn Groups.

How to Be Successful: Stop Reading About How to Be Successful

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The misguided way many of us strive to achieve success


Ideas and Innovation Exchange Between the EU and US at SXSW


By LAURA LOREK Publisher and Reporter with Silicon Hills News For the first time, the European Union is showcasing its technology and innovation at South by Southwest. Austin

Walking Away From Your Startup Can Leave Deep Scars

Startup Professionals Musings

For those who think that bankruptcy is the easy way out, think again. Bankruptcy should always be the absolutely last resort. Marty Zwilling.

What You’ve Forgotten About Landing Page Optimization


That’s all marketers need to generate high quality leads, right? It’s because marketers forget about the visitor in the conversion equation.

Here's the One 'Shark Tank' Deal Mark Cuban Regrets Not Making

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Not every idea wins on the Shark Tank, but Mark Cuban wishes he had reconsidered this one


Chilligence Launches at SXSW


South by Southwest can be a great place to launch a tech company and get traction. Honest Dollar launced at SXSW in 2015 and a year later, at SXSW, William Hurley, known as Whurley, the company’s cofounder, announced Goldman Sachs had acquired the company. This year, a different Hurley is in the spotlight. Austin

Top Tips For Becoming a Web Developer in 2017

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Being a web developer is an extremely in demand profession, particularly as more and more businesses shift online. How To Become A Web Developer 1.


Why You Need A Business Plan – Finding The Best Style For You


A business plan removes the blindfold, creates a map and prepares you for the certain bumps in the road. What Is a Business Plan? What’s Your Style?