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Deep Tech Dive #5 | Norris Tie Co-Founder & CEO of Exosonic, Inc.

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From Sub to Super, in Silence For this week’s Deep Tech Dive I had the pleasure of sitting down with Norris Tie, Co-Founder and CEO of Exosonic, Inc. Exosonic is a supersonic aviation company developing a new standard...
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Why We Invested In FidoCure aka How Tech Can Help Save Dogs (And Eventually...

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In October FidoCure, also known as One Health Company, announced a $10M series A led by Polaris Ventures and we increased our position given our continued excitement. Tau Ventures, an AI-first seed fund in...
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Is Silicon Valley Dying? No And Why It Still Makes Sense For Entrepreneurs

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There are these headlines: Aug 26, 2020: Palantir’s Bay Area move makes Denver the city to watch amid Silicon Valley’s exodus Dec 1, 2020: Hewlett Packard Enterprise moving headquarters from Silicon Valley Dec 12, 2020: Oracle to...
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Early-stage is not about speed

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I’ve long been wanting to write about speed. I am developing my 4th startup in solo mode, and I cannot go fast :-). Is it an issue? A common perception is that speed is what...
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Offshoring? 5 Key Principles For Startups

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At Tau Ventures we have invested in startups that are fully in the US, where the CEO is in the US and the rest of the team offshore, and everything in between. For us...
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Nitty-Gritty Details Will Make (or Kill) Your Valuations. Here’s Why.

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Genius is in the details that other people skim.  Answer me honestly. When’s the last time you bothered to read beyond the first line of a Terms and Conditions agreement or take the time to...
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Replacing Your VC? 5 Principles For Entrepreneurs

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At Tau Ventures we advise all entrepreneurs to look upon the diligence process during a fundraising round as a two-way street. We believe it is not only an opportunity but a duty of the...
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Fundraising is badly misunderstood

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If there is one thing that most startups misunderstand entirely, that’s probably fundraising. Thus, they create their own mental image of what needs to be done to raise money successfully. After interacting with more...
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To PR Or Not To PR? 5 Key Questions For Startups

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Wired published a thought-provoking opinion article in 2015 comparing the news cycle around startups to a 12-hr clock. Indeed, tech in general and Silicon Valley in particular has received significant criticism over the years...
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Pivoting Your Startup? 4 Ways To Do It Right

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1) Cash In Reserve -- At the early stage, especially seed, chances are you will keep pivoting till finding product-market fit. At Tau Ventures we advise entrepreneurs with four main principles: to start fundraising...
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Going Crazy Managing A Fundraise? 5 Practical Guidelines For Entrepreneurs

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At Tau Ventures we believe the fundraising process is always a bit broken -- it works for some startups some of the time but by and large it’s inefficient. While part of it is...
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Your Startup Is Doing Great? 5 Ways To Optimize The Fundraise Further

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Examples of previous articles: Raising A Bridge Round -- 3 Core Principles Insider Rounds -- the Good, the Bad and the Ugly How Best to Pitch to a VC The Art And Science of...
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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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Fundraising Intermediaries? Why Entrepreneurs Don’t Do It, And Where It Still Makes Sense

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When it comes to startup fundraising, using intermediaries is looked disfavorably in many if not most ecosystems. Three key reasons for this trend -- more investors around, technology has made coordination and communication increasingly...
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Be a Better Entrepreneur

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Entrepreneurs always look for the right recipe to increase the odds of success. Steve Blank was probably one of the “recipe” pioneers as he started the lean startup movement. Before the lean movement, I would...
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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...
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Why Founders Should (Mostly) Stay CEOs

Amazon. Apple. Google. Facebook. Microsoft. Oracle. What all these companies have in common is one of the founders was / is the CEO that presided over the company for much of its existence, especially...
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Why We Invested In RapidDeploy

Excited to announce our investment alongside Morpheus Ventures in the series B of RapidDeploy which provides a unified public safety workflow, reducing emergency response time (sample articles: official press release, TechCrunch). We had invested...
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A Failing Startup? 5 Best Practices

We often talk about what to do for your startup to succeed. But what to do when you have to call it a day? This post is focused on 5 best practices for winding...
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Pre-emptive round? 4 Ways To Decide How Startups Should Approach It

Someone wants to give you money before you start fundraising? When you still have cash in the bank? And you are getting a great valuation? Hurray! But while it’s almost always a good thing, there...