Glowforge’s $22 Million Financing

Feld Thoughts

We just led a $22 million financing in Glowforge. When we led a $9 million financing in Glowforge a little over a year ago, we were excited about the potential to do to the subtractive 3D printing world what we did with MakerBot in the additive / FDM 3D printing world.

7 Whirlwind New Venture Partner Marriages To Avoid

Startup Professionals Musings

If you think about it, you should realize that not everyone is ‘ideal partner material.’ Most of us learn that fact from other partner relationships, like dating and marriage. marriage new venture partner relationships

7 Reasons Companies Should Consider Third-Party POS Financing

YoungUpstarts

However, not all companies have the working capital available to offer in-house financing programs. Partnering with a third-party POS financing platform is an attractive solution but finding a partner with competitive rates and reasonable implementation costs can be a challenge.

7 Reasons To Turn The Enemy Into A Strategic Partner

Startup Professionals Musings

Both partners must not forget they are still competitors. They may have the finances you need to invest in a business area they know, where you have the core competency. business competitor partner strategyEntrepreneurs seem to have blinders on when looking at competitors.

Personal Finance Smarts: 4 Scams To Avoid

YoungUpstarts

Personal finance scams continue to work because they victimize well-meaning people who are trying to get their lives back on track. Reputable debt relief partners will never make promises up front, nor gloss over the specifics of their program to fool vulnerable customers into signing up.

10 Money Questions To Ask Your Potential Business Partner

YFS Magazine

Finance Grow business finance business partners cofounders money partnershipsBefore you start a business with your best friend or split equity with co-founders, tackle some serious financial questions.

Checklist To Find The Startup Partner Of Your Dreams

Startup Professionals Musings

As an advisor to startups, I often get asked what to look for in an ideal co-founder or business partner. After some reflection, I now realize these attributes are necessary but not sufficient to be an ideal business partner. business entrepreneur Eric Schmidt partner startup

Tough Competitors Are Your Best Strategic Partners

Startup Professionals Musings

Both partners must not forget they are still competitors. They may have the finances you need to invest in a business area they know, where you have the core competency. entrepreneurs startup strategic partners tough competitors

7 Partner Relationships That Can Kill A Good Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

If you think about it, you should realize that not everyone is ‘ideal partner material.’ Most of us learn that fact from other partner relationships, like dating and marriage. business co-founders entrepreneur partner relationships

10 Key Traits Of An Ideal Entrepreneur Partner

Startup Professionals Musings

The feedback was good, but some readers asked me to be a bit more specific on attributes that might indicate an ideal startup partner. In this context, I’m broadening the definition of partner from co-founder to “business partner.” business entrepreneur partner startup traits

Standing Cloud Closes $3m Financing, Launches Partner Program

Feld Thoughts

Standing Cloud , which makes it easy to deploy and run apps in the cloud, recently closed a $ 3m financing led by Rich Levandov at Avalon Ventures. This week, Standing Cloud launched the Standing Cloud Partner Program for these customers. Rich and I have known each other and worked together since the mid-1990′s and more recently have invested together in NewsGator and Zynga.

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Hire a VP Finance Sooner Rather Than Later

Feld Thoughts

If you don’t have a VP Finance on your team reporting to you, do yourself, your team, and your investors a favor and go hire one right now. You’ll recognize her name (Amy Batchelor) and she joined us to answer the phones and do all the random s**t that my partner Dave and I didn’t have time for. I don’t care whether you call the person a VP Finance or VP Accounting. The post Hire a VP Finance Sooner Rather Than Later appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

How To Avoid Costly Mistakes When Staffing Your Finance Team

YoungUpstarts

Have an in-house or external consultant provide a second opinion on any potential partner at every stage of the hiring process. Michael Burdick is the CEO of Paro , the outsourced finance and accounting department for growing businesses. by Michael Burdick, CEO of Paro.

How VCs Think About Adding New Partners

Both Sides of the Table

After years of trying to persuade Kara Nortman to become a partner at Upfront Ventures I can officially announce now that she’s joined us effective immediately. People often ask me what VCs look for when we hire partners and many have asked how to become VCs themselves one day.

7 Ways That Startup Competitors Can Win By Partnering

Startup Professionals Musings

Both partners must not forget they are still competitors. They may have the finances you need to invest in a business area they know, where you have the core competency. competitors coopetition entrepreneurs partners startups

7 Ways To Discuss Finances With Your Spouse

YoungUpstarts

The difficult reality is that finances can break relationships. In fact, studies show that finances are the second-most common reason marriages end, right after infidelity. Here are seven ways to discuss finances with your spouse.

How to Find a Business Partner

Up and Running

You don’t have to do everything yourself—a partner can be an asset to your business. For this reason, you might consider working with a business partner. But, how can you find and cultivate a business partner relationship like that? Choose a partner you can trust. “A

Financing Your Business? Consider An SBA Loan

YoungUpstarts

Many small businesses find success working with the SBA, which sets guidelines for loans made by third-party partners such as banks and community development organizations. by Tom Pretty, Head of SBA Lending at TD Bank. Small business is the backbone of the U.S.

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10 Partner Qualities to Test Before Sharing Equity

Startup Professionals Musings

The feedback was good, but some readers asked me to be a bit more specific on attributes that might indicate an ideal startup partner. In this context, I’m broadening the definition of partner from co-founder to “business partner.”

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Who Just Raised A $225 Million Financing in North Carolina?

Feld Thoughts

Last Tuesday, while I was enjoying a week off the grid, AvidXchange announced they had raised a $225 million financing led by Bain Capital Ventures. This was an atypical investment for us as we participated in the financing through our Foundry Group Select fund. And, when Mike initially called me for advice on the financing he was putting together with Bain Capital Ventures, it didn’t even occur to me that it might be something we’d invest in.

[INTERVIEW] Mark Attanasio, Toronto Financial Services Executive, Managing Partner Of Hillcrest Merchant Partners

YoungUpstarts

Today, Mark Attanasio gets to flex his full range of expertise and interests as co-founder and Managing Partner of Hillcrest Merchant Partners, a Toronto-based merchant bank focused on early stage and mid market growth companies.

10 Key Traits Of An Ideal Entrepreneur Partner

Gust

The feedback was good, but some readers asked me to be a bit more specific on attributes that might indicate an ideal startup partner. In this context, I’m broadening the definition of partner from co-founder to “business partner.”

How to Pick a Partner Who Will Amplify Your Efforts

Startup Professionals Musings

The challenge is to recognize and recruit that ideal partner match early with minimal cost and risk. In fact, I would broaden the definition of partner from co-founder to “business partner.” Some people are too independent to be partner material.

3 Simple Tips From A CPA For Managing Your Online Business’ Finances

YoungUpstarts

by Dustin Pfluger, Partner at BKM Sowan Horan, LLP. How to Properly Manage Your Online Business Finances Right from the Start. If you wish to properly manage your online business finances, here are tips from experienced CPAs with ecommerce firms as clients: 1.

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Financing Acquisitions: Keys to Structuring the Deal And Obtaining The Funding

YoungUpstarts

Think of financing an acquisition as an exercise with two parts that work in concert: 1) structuring a desired deal with a suitable target and 2) obtaining the funding. Think about the whole capital structure and the impact to the various layers of financing. by Kenneth H.

Ten Attributes of Your Ideal Business Partner

Startup Professionals Musings

The feedback was good, but some readers asked me to be a bit more specific on attributes that might indicate an ideal business partner. In this article, I’m broadening the definition of partner from co-founder to “business partner.”

A Startup Partner Needs More Than a Good Resume

Startup Professionals Musings

A while back I talked about how and where to find a co-founder in “ Ten Steps in Choosing the Right Startup Partner ”. The feedback was good, but some readers asked me to be a bit more specific on attributes that might indicate an ideal startup partner.

VC Partner Sweet Spot: The Always-Sometimes-Never Rules for Pitching the Right Investor

View from Seed

For entrepreneurs setting out to raise a round of VC financing, with some diligent research, it’s reasonably straightforward to put together a list of target firms to pitch. Most firms have anywhere from a couple to up to a dozen or more partners listed on their websites.

5 tips to getting small business financing

Up and Running

It’s no secret that small businesses can have a hard time getting financing. By being able to demonstrate you have ample and/or steady cash flow, you are ensuring to potential financers that you have plenty of money to pay creditors, employees and others on time.

Cash Flow Matters: Accounts Receivable Financing Fuels New Model Of Working Capital

YoungUpstarts

It’s this battle to control the stop and go nature of start-up cash flow that is driving growth in accounts receivable financing, also known as factoring. Professionalisms business finance cash flow invoice factoring Jeff Bell money management

Why You Should Background Check Your Business Partner

YoungUpstarts

If you don’t perform a background check on your potential partner before doing business with him, you’re setting yourself up to get duped. Just like launching a new product, hiring a partner requires protecting your business against potential risk and failure.

How Finance Can Usher In Digital Transformation With One Key Resource

YoungUpstarts

If the entire business isn’t caught up on digital transformation, it makes it difficult (impossible, even) for finance leaders to engage in strategic leadership and optimize revenue opportunities by driving ROI from tech investments.

Making Sense of the Stock Market Drops in Relation to Venture Financing

Both Sides of the Table

I made my calls around to a few firms today to hear how their partner meetings went. It will make follow-on financings much harder and people will have to consider whether or not to do inside rounds.

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Clarify Lands $1M Financing

Austin Startup

Little Data – Insurance, finance and digital footprints

Start Up Blog

This means that in a data driven economy, areas that previously did not affect insurance and finance industries are starting to. Brands who participate and facilitate this movement will become indispensable partners in improved living standards in our post consumption, experiential economy.

9 Creative Ways to Finance a New Product-Based Business

Up and Running

We asked nine company founders the following question: What is one creative way to quickly finance a new product-based business OTHER than crowdfunding? Have Your First 10 Customers Finance Development. One way to finance a new product-based business is to partner with your supplier.

Finance Director/ Operations

Transformify

Strong collaboration with Technology, Product groups, Geographies, Enabling Functions, Group Control, Finance Centres of Excellence and with embedded Finance teams Improved forecasting and planning efficiency and accuracy Leverage of analytics tools to focus organisation on value-added activities Qualifications Experience in a senior finance management role.

Six Good Reasons to Partner with a Competitor

Startup Professionals Musings

Your goal is to find a way to partner with your "competitor" in such a way that both parties can substantially benefit from the other's resources - but without stealing customers or damaging anyone's credibility. Tags: startup partner competitor coopetition business

Your Toughest Competitor May be Your Best Partner

Startup Professionals Musings

Your goal is “ coopetition ” - to find a way to partner with your competitor in such a way that both parties can substantially benefit from the other's resources - without stealing customers or damaging anyone's credibility.

A Post Startup Execs Should Forward to Your Spouse or Partner. 12 Tips for Making it Work

Both Sides of the Table

So I had to learn how to best interact with him to be a supportive partner yet get what I wanted / needed, too. office manager, finance manager and/or assistant if he has one. So having a direct connect to the finance manager is important.

Financing Thunderlizards in Austin at Capital Factory

SiliconHills

Capital Factory, Silverton Partners and Floodgate announced Monday morning they are teaming up to provide matching investments for all Capital Factory incubator companies. In total, each startup will get up to $150,000 […] The post Financing Thunderlizards in Austin at Capital Factory appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin Capital Factory Floodgate Silverton Partners

Benchmark’s New General Partner: Scott Belsky

abovethecrowd.com

The partners at Benchmark are delighted to announce that Scott Belsky has joined the firm as our newest general partner. It is rare for us to encounter a partner candidate who has so much experience as an operator, investor, and advisor at such a young age. Adding a new partner is a significant event for Benchmark. entrepreneur Finance startup Venture Capital Web/Tech Entreprenuer VC

Can you finance your company with grants?

Berkonomics

Often, grants require that you partner with other organizations to deliver the results, or measure the effectiveness of your special project. First, here’s a link to my recent TEDx talk, “Smiling at success; laughing at failure.” ” .