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SPVs and SPACs — A Straightforward Guide For Entrepreneurs

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Have an investor wanting to do a SPV? Wondering what is all this talk of SPACs? This post is focused on entrepreneurs looking to learn more. 1) Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) -- Also sometimes called...
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Verticalization Of Healthcare == Opportunities For Startups

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Aug 10, 2020: More hospital consolidation is expected post-pandemic Jul 6, 2020: Hospital Merger and Acquisition Activity Withstands COVID-19 Slump Jun 22, 2020: After pandemic-induced delays, healthcare deals should speed up Headlines like these exemplify the ongoing...
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4 Key Habits I Learned as a Software Engineer

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Somethings better to know sooner than later, here are the 4 key habits I learned as a software engineer. I am almost 3 years into software engineering. Honestly, I don’t think I am that good...
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SAFE: Great (Esp For Entrepreneurs), As Long As Done Safely

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Simple Agreement for Future Equity, or SAFE, is an increasingly popular instrument for fundraising especially at the earliest stages of a startup. SAFEs were really formalized by Y-Combinator in late 2013 (more on their...
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What Is With All These Names And Numbers? 5 Major Ways In Which A...

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So a VC is investing in you -- great news. But then you see a string of names and numbers in their investment vehicles and you wonder, what is really going on. This post...
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Advisors In Your Startup? 4 Ways To Best Work With Them

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Advisors, as the name says, can give advice that becomes the difference between success and failure for an entrepreneur. But beyond words advisors can also provide several other values: Credibility -- within your company...
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Doing Deals Without Meeting In Person? 5 Guidelines For VCs And Entrepreneurs

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Since covid hit the US six months ago VCs and entrepreneurs worldwide have had to adapt to the new reality of doing deals without meeting in person. Building trust is the challenge -- both...
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Mentoring sucks

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I know that is a strong statement; quit reading if you disagree, it’s about to get worse. This is how someone might become a mentor. They watch a TED talk, let’s say Simon Sinek, and...
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Top Rules for Startup Founders

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When setting up a company, most founders are so focused on getting the business off the ground, that they can easily forget of dotting their Is and crossing their Ts. Here are some essentials to...
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AI And Medical Imaging Startups? 6 Key Trends

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Is “IBM Watson Health Imaging” the Future of Healthcare? Google details AI that classifies chest X-rays with human-level accuracy. New Research Finds FastMRI Scans Generated with Artificial Intelligence Are as Accurate as Traditional MRI. Headlines like these...
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Think Global, Act Local: 4 Keys For Startups To Expand Into New Markets

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You are a startup that has done fantastic in your home market. Congratulations. Can you repeat it in new markets? This post focuses on how to think it through, focusing on 4 critical levers. 1)...
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Raising A Startup Round? The 5 Steps To Keeping Momentum And Actually Close Successfully

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The three core requirements for raising a strong round of financing: substance -- vision and results, our put it another way team + traction + tech style -- present those results in a meaningful...
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Innovation farm and a pioneer’s spirit: all organization (and you) need to still have...

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“Chief Digital Officer”, “Chief Transformation Officer” are new executive roles that organizations are currently injecting in their CxOs Level, smelling opportunities behind digital innovations. There is a catch though, and most of them will...
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So A Big VC Fund Is Investing In Your Startup? 4 Practical Considerations

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First of all -- congratulations. Getting a round together always takes work and a big VC fund is certainly a big validation. That said, it takes both awareness and execution to maximize the pros...
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To Be Or Not To Be: Operator Vs Founder Vs Investor?

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As an operator turned founder turned investor I get asked often the pros and cons of being each. I often respond with a sports analogy -- it isn’t mutually exclusive but do you enjoy...
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COVID19 and Venture Capital

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Venture Capital market analysis from the Great Recession to COVID19 When analyzing a startup, especially the ones at early-stage, investors focus on three main factors: team, market and product. Times of crisis don’t make an...
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We Need A Lot More Than Data: How Startups Can Harness AI

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You open your phone, take an eye exam, and find out your risk of Alzheimer’s 3-5 years ahead even though you have no symptoms. A doctor takes data (CT scans, genomic tests, blood labs, demographics...
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Startup101: How Do I Divide Equity Among My Cofounders And Employees?

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So you have just spent six months building a prototype with an early team, punting the question on how to divide the company. Now you are looking to raise external capital essentially forcing you...
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8 questions about the digital transformation investors should get answers from every CEO

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Hardly anything is as exciting as business. One of the most attractive aspects is certainly investing in young start-ups or established companies that are heading for new, digital horizons. It is not only an...
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Fundraising During A Pandemic? 4 Ways For Startups To Be Most Effective

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The fundamentals of pitching a startup during a pandemic are no different than pitching in normal times. In fact, there is a strong argument for looking at the crisis as an opportunity to start...