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Raising A Startup Round At A Lower Valuation Than You Wanted?

Most startups will face the prospect of a lower valuation than they wanted at some point. Which is why raising too much, too early, at too high a valuation, can really backfire on an...
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Robotics In Life Science — A Hidden Gem For Startups (Part 1 of 2)

Tau Ventures focuses on AI investments in healthcare and enterprise, but we are also fascinated by automation and very occasionally invest in that space. Case in point Elemental Machines which provides Lab as a...
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Why We Invested in Salú – Health At Work

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Excited to announce our investment alongside Softbank (Upload Ventures), Aggir and Norte in the now oversubscribed $2M seed of Salú, which is helping provide occupational health insurance in Brazil. They are also focusing on...
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Firing People? 4 Practical Guidelines (And The 3 Questions) For Startups

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Hiring well is hard, firing is even harder, the person receiving the news has it hardest. Probably all CEOs at some point have to face such a situation – below are four practical guidelines...
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Multitasking: Best Practices To Leave And Found A New Startup?

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The short answer is most definitely yes. While every situation is unique, the three cases below provide a framework around the best practices of multitasking with the goal of building a startup. Case 1: you...
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Correction Is Here? What To Expect On Startup Valuations And Round Dynamics Moving...

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The two years between Jan 1, 2020 to Jan 1, 2022 have been especially bullish for startup fundraising – (i) more money, (ii) at higher valuations, (iii) coming more easily. At Tau Ventures we...
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Under The Hood: How VC Funds Operate (And How That Is Changing)

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This is an article meant primarily for entrepreneurs and LPs (limited partners i.e., those investing in a VC fund), albeit we think it’s useful for VCs too. Managing Partners are typically the ones managing...
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Perfecting Your Pitch Deck? 10 Practices For Entrepreneurs

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Pitch decks are a topic of permanent debate, no matter how much has been written about them. As such, this article will focus on 10 guidelines we advocate for entrepreneurs. Hopefully they can be...
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Go To Market – 3 Ways Startups Can Hack It

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At Tau we get 2,000+ decks per person per year. Many talk very well about the vision but often don’t talk enough about how they will get there. In fact, the number one gap...
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Can Space Tourism be a Business?

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The race between private space companies is becoming intense. It is clear that there will be a substantial amount of economic value within the private space industry. Starlink is a perfect example of this....
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Convertible vs SAFE — 5 Practical Principles For Startups

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Raising a round and considering whether to do convertible or SAFE? Remember that convertible is debt that turns into equity based on certain parameters and SAFE is a specific type of convertible. This is...
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One Question, Four Aspects

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How to check if the business plan is integrated During your due diligence work in a M&A transaction, you will often have to perform a business plan review. Sometimes you will even set up a...
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California’s Department of Business Oversight Gets an Innovation Makeover

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Absolute Resolutions Corporations President Mark Nieman and Actuate Law’s Lauren Valenzuela discuss CA’s new Department of Financial Protection and Innovation. The California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI), formerly known as California's Department...
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Your Startup Is A Taking Off? 5 Ways To Incentivize New Employees

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You have built the boat (or the rocket, or the plane, pick your favorite vehicle) and now it’s time to grow. How do you bring abroad new sailors to set course amidst uncharted waters?...
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No place at the table without this one table

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An introduction to cap tables “Our potential investors asked as to present the cap table. What is he/she looking for?” I’ve been asked this question occasionally in sessions with startups looking for funding. A cap table...
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Why We Invested In Alaffia Health — Reducing Fraud, Waste and Abuse in Healthcare...

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Excited to announce our investment alongside Arthemis in the $5M seed of Alaffia Health which uses machine learning to identify and eliminate fraud, waste, and abuse (FW&A) in healthcare claims. Tau Ventures is an...
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Brave New Seed? How Fundraising Has Changed For Startups Since COVID

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We are coming up to two years since COVID truly hit the US. The first three months after Mar 2020 markets were down, as was startup activity. But after Q2 2020 we have seen...
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Why We Invested In Nilo Saúde – Connecting With Your Patients

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  Excited to announce our investment alongside Global Founders Capital, Softbank, Maya Capital, Canary, 10K Ventures and Grão in the oversubscribed $10M series A of Nilo Saúde which is building an integrated relationship management and...
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Lockdowns Spawn New Business Models – A New Era in Work and Trade is...

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Both regular workers and management theorists have been wondering what work, shopping and consumption will be like once the lockdowns are lifted. Will our recent experience alter work practices and shopping habits for good?...
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There are four different stages in a company’s life cycle

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What’s the impact on financial analysis? A due diligence is boring because it’s always the same. It’s a standardized procedure. After you’ve done it ten times, you learned everything. That’s something, I hear from time to...