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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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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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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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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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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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Innovation in Nature: a life history strategy approach to change your business

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It’s time to ask nature how to keep pace with the change. Amplified by the pandemic, the digital dare is creating new winners and losers as we speak. From reimagining our lives to reassessing...
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The Biden Presidency – 5 Key Changes We Can Expect For Startups

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This is NOT an article to debate politics and any inappropriate comment will be removed. Instead, this is a data-driven background on five of the key stated / expected policies of President-elect of the...
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Raising A Startup Round? How And When To Share Fundraising Updates

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How long does it take to raise capital? Why am I not getting term sheets when other companies are? Is that investor really interested? These are among the most common questions entrepreneurs ask themselves and VCs. Rounds...
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Can Startups Disrupt Medical Errors?

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Primum non nocere -- Latin for “first, do no harm” has been enshrined by the medical practice since the times of the Hippocratic Oath. Unfortunately erring is part of the human condition and despite...
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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)...