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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...
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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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Why We Invested In RapidDeploy

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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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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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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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A Failing Startup? 5 Best Practices

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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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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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Crowdfunding? 3 Principles For Entrepreneurs

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Oculus. Glowforge. Flow. Exploding Kittens. Veronica Mars. Tile. The Coolest Cooler. BauBax. Fidget Cube. What do all of these companies have in common? They are all successful and started with crowdfunding -- the list...
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Why Founders Should (Mostly) Stay CEOs

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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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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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Pre-emptive round? 4 Ways To Decide How Startups Should Approach It

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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...
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Second Mover Advantage — 3 Key Principles To Succeed As A Fast Follower

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Ask the general public and they will tell you being the first into a market is the key to winning. But building a company is rarely a linear race. In fact, as many have...
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Should I Take This Money? 5 Major Ways VCs Invest In You — And...

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VCs come in many different shapes: investment thesis, fund size, geographic focus, profit-motivated versus strategic returns, and how they invest. Indeed, VCs use a variety of investment vehicles including opportunity fund, special-purpose vehicle (SPV,...