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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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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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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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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...
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#1 Thing I Need to See in a Startup— from a Venture Capitalist

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- What do you need to see in a company before you’ll invest? - What is the main reason startups fail? I’m not a venture capitalist but I have started and bought many companies. Some failed....
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Why We Invested In Teiko — Mapping Immune Profiles To Improve Clinical Outcomes

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Excited to announce our seed investment in Teiko.bio, which calculates an immune fingerprint for each person. Tau Ventures is an AI-first fund in Silicon Valley investing primarily in mature seed, typically when there is...
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Ventures What? A Practical Guide For Entrepreneurs On What A VC’s Naming, Connections And...

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The more you understand about your VCs the better decision you can make. Obviously there are diminishing returns on how much time you spent analyzing versus executing, but my experience as both an entrepreneur...
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Why We Invested In Iaso.ai — High Quality Telemedicine

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Excited to announce our seed investment alongside Healthy.vc, Refactor Capital and Esther Dyson in Iaso.ai which helps reduce variability and increase quality of telehealth consultations. Tau Ventures is an AI-first fund in Silicon Valley...
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Inventor Vs Innovator — What Can Entrepreneurs Learn From Who Builds Vs Who Wins?

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Let’s start with three key principles: Principle 1: Inventors create a technology. Innovators bring the technology in everyone’s hands. Sometimes inventors and innovators are the same people. More often they are not. You can guess...
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Startups Vs Incumbents — How Davids Can Take On Goliaths

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Startups are great at creating new markets, corporates are great at scaling them. But what about startups trying to win an existing market that has started growing? Logic would dictate that incumbents would always...
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Hiring For Your Startup? 5 Best Practices

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Hiring effectively is both a science and an art. This article will cover five practical principles to make the life of a startup CEO easier. 1) The Hiring Landscape In emerging ecosystems oftentimes there is a...