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Why We Invested In Drip Capital — Financing For Developing Markets

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Excited to announce our investment alongside TI Platform, Sequoia, Accel India, Wing Ventures, Initialized Capital and YC in the $175M series C of Drip Capital which offers trade financing focused on SMEs in developing...
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How to start building customer centric business models with the philosophical principle of “bedrock”

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As an entrepreneur you are continuously posed with the difficult task of developing business models and go-to-market strategies. For many entrepreneurs this is a task, they feel very uncomfortable and unfamiliar with. Technical founders...
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Uncapped Note? No Discount? Making Sense For Entrepreneurs

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What is the right cap and discount for your convertible? Should you even have them at all? The latter used to be a very rare situation, now it is a commonly asked question. This...
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A World of Tradeoffs: Consider your Opportunity Costs

I didn’t expect to remember much from the Economics courses I took in university when I started my first job in a completely unrelated industry. However, from both firsthand experience and observation, I'm starting to...
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What is Up With These Mega Rounds? Making Sense Of The Startup Market

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$530M round: Snyk snags another $530M as valuation rises to $8.5B $400M round: Cityblock Health raises another mega-round of funding, tipping its valuation over $5 billion $130M round: TrueLayer raises mega-round as open banking heats up These...
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Fintech Diversity Radar: Tracking Gender Equity Industry-Wide (and Globally)

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Fintech influencer and Findexable advisory board member Angela Yore talks about gender equity in the industry as well as the new Fintech Diversity Radar initiative. Although we know that diversity leads to stronger teams...
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Signaling Risk? How Early Startups Can Work Best With Big Funds

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Signaling risk typically happens when a large fund comes into an early round, creating an expectation in the market that they will lead the next round. For instance, if a $1B firm puts in...
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Digital Health 2.0? The Next Generation Of Startup Business Models

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At Tau Ventures, these are three principles we continue holding as generally true: i) In healthcare typical sales cycle to get a true recurring contract are 9-18 months ii) Once you get a contract it’s hard...
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Hardware is Hard — 5 Practical Tips For Startups To Raise Successfully

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You had a great idea. You built a great team. You know that hardware is a significant part of the product but also provides defensibility. Then why are you still hearing too many polite...
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YouTube Attracts a Whole New World to Your Special Brand

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Businesses that hesitate will be lost as their competitors take off John Vuong was calming down after a whirlwind. Just days before, his company, Local SEO Search, launched its own YouTube channel. It’s a major step toward...
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Should I Raise More? 5 Principles For Entrepreneurs

Many things about startups are about power laws -- fundraising included. The best companies do attract disproportionate attention and the entrepreneurs are faced with the choice, if not pressure, of raising more. Below are...
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So My Startup Is Not Growing As Fast — 5 Practical Tips To Still...

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Long sales cycle? Marketing got too expensive? Spent too much time fixing the product? There are so many reasons why things can take much longer than planned. In fact, our experience at Tau is that...
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Closing Your Startup Round? 5 Practical Guidelines

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Previous articles have talked about party rounds and keeping momentum in your fundraising. This one will focus specifically on the close, which ideally is a foregone conclusion but sometimes becomes the period of highest...
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Are you looking for strategic or financial investors?

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You need to be aware of the rationale of each investor type before starting the process. And there’s even an invisible third party. I’ve worked on many transactions. In each transaction, there are various stakeholders....
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Medicine, Paperwork And How Startups Can Help

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If images speak a thousand words the following ones will illustrate the point resoundingly. A) We spend more on healthcare as a % of our GDP than other comparable countries: B) Higher administrative costs is very...
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Have A Startup Idea? How To Raise A Pre Seed

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The term pre seed has really become institutionalized in the last couple years, before that the idea / powerpoint stage wasn’t called by any other specific name. Let’s delve into definitions before  1) Definitions There is...
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Why We Invested In HeyRenee - Personal Health Assistant

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Excited to announce our investment alongside Quiet Capital, Mucker Capital, Fika Ventures, Global Founders Capital, SaaS Ventures and Founders First in the $3.8M seed round of HeyRenee — your personal care concierge. HeyRenee is a first-ever...
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Help Your Brand Be the Top One That People Desire

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Awareness is the first step to attract customers and build loyalty Photo by Austin Distel on Unsplash True tests of a brand’s success are when people think of you by name instead of the competition. “Brand awareness...
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Clone or Clown? Adaptation Vs Innovation For Startups Going From One Market Into Another

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Society often celebrates the inventor, the lone genius or small group of people who comes up with a new insight. We heap praise upon the innovators, those who take the inventions and make them...
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Why We Invested In Banjo Health – Simplifying Medical Paperwork Through AI

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  Excited to announce our investment alongside Epsilon Health Investors in the $5M series A in Banjo Health which employs artificial intelligence in prior authorization (PA) i.e., reduces medical paperwork. Tau Ventures is an AI-first...