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How to think about Disruption

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Every startup is trying to disrupt. The common belief is that something can be created that will alter people’s behavior, change a market, and trigger new usage. Every startup is looking for that shift. Let’s...
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Why Is That Entrepreneur Raising So Much More Than Me?

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How much to raise is both an art and a science, a topic discussed at length in many other posts. What this article will focus on are the reasons specifically an entrepreneur similar to...
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How To Pitch Your Early-Stage Healthcare Startup To A VC? The Three Main Challenges

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Tau Ventures is a seed fund and digital health is half of our portfolio; our strong view is in healthcare market size is rarely a major issue. VC funding in a space is arguably...
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What Do VCs Look For In Their Own Investors aka LPs?

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If an entrepreneur is looking just for money they should probably raise from sources other than VC. What good VCs do is truly help a company -- in the early stages especially with product...
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The Rise of Neobanks in India 

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an overview of the market with the different neo-banking fintech players in India Fintech startups in India raised a whopping $3.7 billion in 2019 alone, and for good reason. India has the highest adoption rate...
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Do I Need A Technical Cofounder? A Guide For Startups

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If you are asking the question then what you are fundamentally asking is about the kind of company you are building. Who is a cofounder anyways? This post will address this latter question, then...
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How To Truly Measure A Venture Capitalist’s Performance?

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Wall Street Journal: Andreessen Horowitz’s Returns Trail Venture-Capital Elite TechCrunch: AngelList wants to improve comparing VC fund performance with new metrics and calculator New Yorker: Is Venture Capital Worth the Risk? Trying to make sense of these...
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Why Found A Startup During A Crisis? 4 Key Reasons

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At Tau Ventures we have the privilege of interacting with dozens of entrepreneurs on a daily basis. Given our focus on seed we end up disproportionately exposed to people considering executing an idea. You...
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So A VC Passed On You? 4 Ways To Turn The As*Hole Into An...

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At Tau Ventures we get 4-5 pitches a day, almost a 1000 a year, and end up investing in 3-4.  A few companies don’t get our attention because the idea is terrible or there...
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5 Important VC Insider Ideas You Need to Know

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The market has changed but it’s still a great time for startups. Unlike the stock market, there is no daily ticker of venture-backed private companies. If you’re an entrepreneur building a startup or curious about...
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Want A Good Acquisition? 5 Ways Startups Can Get A Win-Win

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A crisis puts pressure on both slowing down and accelerating startup acquisitions. Slows down because many acquirers, especially corporates, become more conservative trying to conserve cash. Case in point the week of Apr 13...
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How Startups Can Help Fix Our Broken Healthcare Infrastructure — The Unbundling Of The...

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A pandemic exposes the flaws in our society, healthcare very much included. While meaningful improvements require all 5 Ps -- Payors, Providers, Patients, Pharma, Policy-Makers -- startups can help. Big time. Entrepreneurs by definition...
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The Rise of European Fintech Startups

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Startups are now the future, and it's in the fintech industry where this growth is most evident. While places like Silicon Valley and Palo Alto come to mind for all things tech, Europe has...
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Startups And The Bull Case For GovTech

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Measuring and monitoring water, gas, electricity through off the shelf sensors and analyzing the data to detect flaws and improve efficiency.  Self-driving cars, which require extensive vehicle to infrastructure (V2I) such as lights that talk...
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Crisis? 5 Principles For Startups To Still Raise Seed

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This is Part II of a series, Part I was Crisis? 3 Ways VCs Adapt. There is a global crisis going on as I write this article. It’s not the first, it won’t be the...
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5 things you should know about Disruptive Innovation that most people don’t understand

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Do you really understand the principles described in Disruptive Innovation by Clayton Christensen? Here is a quick guide to help you. In January 2020, the business world lost a great thinker and practitioner about why...
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The Sharpe Ratio Paradox: Why Still Invest In Venture Capital?

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Sharpe ratio is a way of quantifying returns based on risk, specifically it is the average return earned in excess of the risk-free rate per unit of volatility or total risk.There are some limitations,...
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Crisis? 3 Ways VCs Adapt

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There is a global crisis going on as I write this article. It’s not the first, it won’t be the last. A lot has been written about how startups should manage themselves in a...
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Startup Outside A Tech Hub? 3 Arguments For It

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So you are not in a top startup ecosystem like San Francisco, NYC, London, Beijing, Tel Aviv or Bangalore? Many investors will tell you that your company will suffer in terms of hiring, business...
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Party Round? When Startups Should And Shouldn’t Take It

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Party rounds, or mass syndication, is when a startup raises from multiple investors, none of which individually has a large enough stake, instead of having the traditional notion of a lead and follow investors....