A wealth of practical advice on building a successful technical startup, including some specifics on what constitutes a dream team.
Getting equity back from an existing stakeholder isn’t easy — but it is possible. It’s a situation that very few Founders have ever been through before, so no one really knows how to go about it. Let’s talk a bit about how the situation develops and what we can do to get some of that […]
There is an old saying that good lawyers run away from risk, while good businessmen run towards risk. Entrepreneurs see “no risk” as meaning “no reward.” In reality, all risks are not the same. Many risks can be managed or calculated to improve growth or provide a competitive edge, while others, like skipping quality checks […]
I’m neck-deep in startup issues ranging from raising capital to dealing with frustrating employees to trying to chase down customers for payment. Is there some point where this all just sorta goes away and the business starts to run more comfortably?
We take a look at how to run a tight Series A process to help you get multiple competing term sheets, while not taking a lot of time.
Venture capitalists (VCs) have long been seen as the top of the pyramid for startup funding sources, but in fact, angel investors now fund over twice as many companies, according to Crunchbase. A major chunk of this activity is provided by the newer class of “super angels,” who often look more like micro-VCs, except that […]
I am a capitalist and in the words of Gordon Gekko “Greed is Good”. I believe in the continuity of self-interest, the invisible hand, and greed to drive the markets. However, the manner in which “high-growth” companies are looking to get to their public offerings is a systemic problem. Here has been the formula for […]
One of the big questions that every entrepreneur struggles with is how much funding they should request from investors in the first round. They know from forums such as Shark Tank on TV that asking for either too much or too little will derail credibility in the eyes of the investor, and leave the entrepreneur with no […]
Most aspiring entrepreneurs are convinced that the strength of their initial idea somehow defines them as a leader, as well as the success potential of their derivative business. In my experience, it’s a lot more complicated than that. It takes leadership ability, as well as a good idea, to make a successful entrepreneur, and great […]
Every investor knows how vulnerable a new startup is to competitors, so investors always ask about your sustainable competitive advantage in the marketplace. How an entrepreneur answers this question speaks volumes about their knowledge of business realities, customers, confidence, and their ability to handle investor funding.
An invaluable guide to everything you need to know from a legal perspective about raising a seed round of funding for your startup.