A Visitors Guide to Silicon Valley

Steve Blank

If you’re a visiting dignitary whose country has a Gross National Product equal to or greater than the State of California, your visit to Silicon Valley consists of a lunch/dinner with some combination of the founders of Google, Facebook, Apple and Twitter and several brand name venture capitalists.

Is VC Funding the Real Unicorn in Silicon Valley?

Up and Running

Be prepared to give up equity: Investors increasingly want a larger slice of the pie in exchange for the working capital they provide. So, no: VC funding isn’t such a rare thing in Silicon Valley or anywhere else.

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Silicon Valley's Hottest Matchmaker

Inc Startups

What began as a social gathering for like-minded entrepreneurs and VCs has evolved into one of the Valley''s most dynamic accelerators. When international entrepreneurs want a shot at Silicon Valley stardom, they call on Saeed Amidi. You have to be connected to Silicon Valley.

Why Even Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs Need a Business Plan

Up and Running

The cast of “Silicon Valley” Image credit: HBO. Silicon Valley is a crazy place. I’ve opted not to return to the Valley for various reasons, but still have plenty of friends who work there and return regularly for business meetings.

Silicon Valley's Female Trouble

Inc Startups

The success of Indians had me convinced that Silicon Valley was a model meritocracy. I used to think Silicon Valley was a model meritocracy. From 1995 to 2005, 52 percent of the Valley’s startups were founded by people born abroad.

Should You Offer Equity Compensation to Employees?

Up and Running

Of course, not every equity compensation story is a David Choe Story. If you’re thinking about extending equity to an employee or a vendor (as in the example above), you should know that the topic is multi-faceted. In this article, I’m going to examine: What equity compensation is.

Startup Outlook from Silicon Valley Bank

Growthink Blog

On Friday Silicon Valley Bank released a survey of 375 executives at startup technology companies in the 4 core venture capital investment sectors – Software/Internet, Hardware, Life Science, and Cleantech. Here is what they found: Tech. Execs. Are Bullish. Two of three of them say that business conditions are better than they were last year, and three out of four expect things to get even better in the next 12 months.

How Silicon Valley's Most-Connected Exec Does His Hiring


Introduced before keynoting at Austin, Texas's Capital Factory Demo Day as "the most-connected person in Silicon Valley," Hoffman gave a really interesting talk about how he handles hiring at his company. Give early employees as much equity as you can - and reup them over time.

Silicon Valley's New Capital Source: Pawn Shops

Inc Startups

A new provider of financing has emerged, and you don''t need to yield any equity to use it. Move over, Menlo Park. Perhaps just the family jewels

The Right Way to Grant Equity to Your Employees

Redeye VC

“The defining difference between Silicon Valley companies and almost every other industry in the U.S. is the virtually universal practice among tech companies of distributing meaningful equity (usually in the form of stock options) to ordinary employees. But the engineering tradition that spawned Silicon Valley was much more egalitarian than traditional corporate culture.”

Can A Hoodie Increase Brand Equity?

crowdSPRING Blog

From a brand equity perspective, the purple hoodie was a unique way to acquire 2,000 die-hard brand advocates. Startups have been using branded apparel as a way to build brand equity for years. Image credit: Twitch.

Blue Bottle Coffee's Unlikely Rise to SIlicon Valley Stardom

Inc Startups

It could be because, with the flurry of mobile app startups crowding Silicon Valley, a company like Blue Bottle that pulls in roughly $27 million a year selling tangible products is a modern marvel.

Free Startup Docs: How Much Equity Should Advisors Get?


Free Startup Docs: How Much Equity Should Advisors Get? Entrepreneurs want to compensate their mentors and advisors for the time they dedicate to helping their businesses grow, but they have no idea how much equity to offer. Startups. Mobile. Gadgets. Europe. Video. Enterprise. Venture.

Silicon Valley Salaries Hit the Roof

Inc Startups

As a result, more high-profile execs are decamping to Silicon Valley in lieu of going abroad. tech profits at an all-time high, Silicon Valley is looking like the new Wall Street. With 22 U.S.

Owning equity in your company should be as common as owning equity in your home

Chris Dixon

Entrepreneurs figured out a long time ago that the benefits of having equity in your company are similar to the benefits of having equity in your house. Silicon Valley expanded this concept by making it standard to grant equity to non-founder employees. It’s no coincidence that Silicon Valley continues to innovate and create jobs while the rest of the economy is stagnant.

Amsterdam-based Rockstart Accelerator’s first graduates head to Silicon Valley

The Next Web

If you’re going to the Demo Day in Silicon Valley, these are the startups you’ll be hearing from: Peerby : Peerby enables people to rent goods in their neighborhood and just won over 100,000 euros at the Green Challenge.

Study Reveals Silicon Valley Is Way Behind on Gender Equality

Inc Startups

Using data collected from the 1996 to 2013 proxy seasons, Fenwick & West tracked the number of women serving on boards and executive management teams of companies in the Silicon Valley 150 index. of Silicon Valley engineers are women. The reason?

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. Often many these people don’t have any equity or upside from their advise or moral support or money lending, or even the spare couch they let you sleep on when you were in their town.

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. Often many these people don’t have any equity or upside from their advise or moral support or money lending, or even the spare couch they let you sleep on when you were in their town.

Tech Companies Say They Pay Women and Men Equally. Where's the Proof?

Inc Startups

Many Silicon Valley firms say they have pay equity, but independent evidence suggests otherwise. Technology

Pitching to VCs and The Entrepreneurial Bible to Venture Capital


By SUSAN LAHEY Reporter with Silicon Hills News If you, as an entrepreneur, email a VC firm, it’s a crapshoot whether they’ll even open it, much less read it.

10 Steps To Investing Successfully In New Ventures

Startup Professionals Musings

Today most startup investors still register with the SEC as “ accredited ” investors before they buy any startup equity in the U.S. Typically these are used only for non-equity rewards or pre-orders, but the JOBS Act does allow equity investments with many restrictions.

Jobs, Zuckerberg Share Brand Equity W/Obama at Silicon Valley Dinner, Great Pics

Campus Entrepreneurship

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg got one of the prime seats next to Obama at a private Silicon Valley dinner convened to discuss the economy and job growth.

CircleUp Draws More Investors As Equity Crowdfunding Gains Ground

Inc Startups

Ryan Caldbeck and Rory Eakin founded CircleUp, their equity-crowdfunding portal, in 2011, before the word " crowdfunding " would be printed in news without definition, and long before the U.S. Most typically these companies will exit to a private equity fund or strategic acquisition.

A Time for Action

The Entrepreneurial Mind

The explanation could be tied to the fact that the financial sector has sucked up so much talent that might have otherwise done something useful in Silicon Valley or in other entrepreneurial hubs. Lending is still constrained, and the old methods of self-funding a business -- maxing out credit cards or taking a home-equity loan -- are no longer as viable. useful in Silicon Valley or in other entrepreneurial hubs."

Main Street Hub Closes on $27 Million in Debt Refinancing and Expansion


Main Street Hub, announced this week, that it has closed on $27 million debt refinancing and expansion with Silicon Valley Bank. To date, Main Street Hub has raised more than $70 million of equity and debt financing. The Austin-based startup plans to use the funds to further develop its technology and sales operations. The company […] The post Main Street Hub Closes on $27 Million in Debt Refinancing and Expansion appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin

Fenwick & West - Internet/Digital Media and Software Industries Silicon Valley and Seattle 2010

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

Background - In 2002, Fenwick & West began publishing its Silicon Valley Venture Capital Survey. In light of the increasing importance of angel/seed financings, and a desire to make objective information about such financings available to the community at large, we undertook a survey of 52 internet/digital media and software industry companies that obtained angel/seed financing [1] in 2010 in the Silicon Valley and Seattle markets. By Barry J.

Facebook IPO Lessons

Venture Chronicles

3) Don’t discard old business models because they are old… Silicon Valley is home to the shiny new object syndrome and we often forget that old business models are referred to as old because they WORK. Facebook benefited from a wide range of factors that drove interest in the company, not the least of which was that for private equity investors who had large funds to put to work, there were few options that scaled to the degree that Facebook did.

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Pari Passu or F.U.little guy

Professor VC

It is the story of the founding of the venture capital industry in Silicon Valley and features many of the iconic companies created including Apple, Intel, Genentech and Cisco. Angel Investors Silicon Valley term sheets venture financing venture capital

Why Andrew Mason Thinks Startup Founders Should Share the Wealth

Inc Startups

The Groupon cofounderis pushing a new equity model that would decrease the number of new billionaires and increase the number of millionaires in Silicon Valley

Raising Financing: Convertible Debt vs. Equity

Instigator Blog

Seth Levine from Foundry Group touched off a debate on which is the best way to raise startup financing: convertible debt or equity. That’s the way you would price it for equity. When you raise the next round, the initial investors convert their debt into equity, but typically at a discount. And I’ve spoken to others that have done so (and others that have raised money through equity.).

How to Make the Perfect Startup Pitch

The Startup Magazine

Silicon Valley author, investor and entrepreneur Guy Kawasaki advocates using LinkedIn to look at everyone’s background and find points of common interest that you can use. million valuation ($150,000 for 10 percent equity) in 2008.

Legal Checklist for Startups

Scott Edward Walker

Split the equity based on prior contributions and expectations going forward, not necessarily equally (see post here ). Don’t give your lawyers equity (see post here ); don’t use your investors’ lawyers (see post here ); and there are ways of cutting legal fees in half (see post here ).

Snowflakes in the Valley: What Happens When 40 Nordic Entrepreneurs Visit Silicon Valley


The Internet might be truly global then, but the world of startups still revolves much around Silicon Valley. The old continent often looks up to the Valley as a sort of Eldorado of IT. Silicon Valley is a hub. Silicon Valley is an unfair advantage for startups.

Mark Cuban on Why You Need to Study Artificial Intelligence or You’ll be a Dinosaur in 3 Years

Both Sides of the Table

Machine Learning / AI They discussed many topics ranging from protection of the press to what Mark looks for in an entrepreneur to investing outside of Silicon Valley and of course Trump and sports.

Securing Startup Financing for Tech Companies

Early Growth Financial Services

The webinar featured Lighter Capital’s CEO, BJ Lackland, Silicon Valley Bank’s Head of Early Stage Banking, Claire Lee, and Voyager Capital’s Managing Partner Erik Benson. This means giving up a large chunk of equity and potentially ceding a lot … Continue reading → Investment Capital: Equity / Debt / VC Funding This guest post was contributed by BJ Lackland, CEO of Lighter Capital.

8 Tips for Making Real VC Connections

Early Growth Financial Services

With our client roster of successfully funded startups and my close relationships with many in the investor community in Silicon Valley, I think I’ve figured out 6 keys for making these kinds of real connections: 1. To new entrepreneurs, this can seem like one of … Continue reading → Equity / Debt / Venture Funding “How can I connect with investors?” is one of the most common questions I hear from early-stage entrepreneurs. Connect” is a good word to use.

Bigger in Bend – Building a Regional Startup Cluster–part 1 of 3

Steve Blank

The differences between the Bend, Oregon region and Silicon Valley are obvious. The sheer density of talent, companies, capital and universities that exist in the Valley are second to none. Silicon Valley Transplants.

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Silicon Valley Frontlines: Two Tales of "Working For Equity"


Silicon Valley Frontlines. Two Tales of "Working For Equity". Working for equity only is, realistically, the way most startups have to get going. While there have been times in the last dozen or so years, usually during times of venture capital excess, that cash to founders, early-stage executives and other key employees has matched regular market compensation (still with the upside of the equity), this is not true in the vast majority in the start-up game.

Christine: LOST: Notes from Silicon Valley Summit


« Silicon Valley Summit Skews Low on Women | Main | Is Page Views/Employee the New Performance Benchmark? » LOST: Notes from Silicon Valley Summit A lament for lost writing: When, oh when, will I ever learn? Christine (.net)