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Pitch right down the middle

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Ideas are only as good as their pitches, and pros are the masters of pitch selection to improve business proposals. Three of the best in the business -- Evan Wyk, Brant Pinvidic and Brian Cristiano...
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7 Use Cases for Blockchain-based Crowdfunding

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Startups from around the world have found crowdfunding to be an extremely viable alternative to traditional venture capital. To date, crowdfunding initiatives have raised $34 billion, which roughly added $65 billion to the global...
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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....
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What Do VCs Do All Day? 5 Visible Activities And The 1 Mostly Invisible...

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Remember the widely circulated series of memes “What people think I do” a few years back? Well, one of the VC versions is posted above and humorously captures the mismatch of perceptions. The truth...
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WeWork: A Pre-IPO Alternative Data Analysis

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Most investors will have heard that co-working company WeWork plans to go public this fall. Its tequila-swigging, surfer dude CEO Adam Neumann makes renting office space sound like a spiritual movement. Despite WeWork’s staggering losses,...
Capital

VCs Suck – 5 Practical Ways For Entrepreneurs To Minimize The Pain

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I hear on an almost daily basis a startup complaining about VCs, mostly about lack of response or lack of clarity. Having been both an entrepreneur and an investor I often find bell curves...
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Observations on Token Derivatives – Part One

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In Part 1, we introduce FTX’s MOVE Contract with profit and loss visualisation, and how to use the MOVE Contract. Derivatives have become a competitive field in cryptocurrency trading. Whether it's traditional complex derivatives like...
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Why Are Startups Taking Longer Than Ever To Go Public?

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Technology startups since the past decade are staying private for much longer. During the dot-com boom (and bust) of the 2000s, many software and internet companies were going public as early as four years...
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Having A Hard Time Reconnecting With A VC? 5 Practical Tips

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  Many previous articles have talked about how to connect with investors, including how VCs can suck but you can minimize the pain, doing your own diligence on them, and working with smaller versus larger...
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How to evaluate growth stocks like VCs

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Two and a half factors to assess growth investments. This post will cover the following topics: The importance of being in the right market at the right time How hiring and people management is the...
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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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Hardware Startups: 3 Strategies For Succeeding

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“Hardware is hard” -- there are good reasons for the saying. At least compared to software, hardware typically takes longer to build and is harder to upgrade, since there is no such thing as...
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What Is The Right Valuation? 4 Core Principles For Entrepreneurs

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Deciding on the right valuation is both an art and a science (and some would say black magic). Common sense dictates that something’s value is whatever someone else is willing to pay. While that...
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Venture Capital is for the Elite only

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Our economy has changed. I see three significant trends. A significant number of youngsters, freshly out of school, want to become entrepreneurs. Corporate is not attractive, and the best talents no longer dream of...
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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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Food Automation: A Tidal Wave Of Startups

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In the US there are more food outlets than ever before, which is to be expected given increased prosperity and population growth. But what is even more significant is restaurants are growing at twice...
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Virtual Fundraising For Startups — A Q&A

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Q&A with Eileen Wu Raise Partners CEO and Sand Hill Network Co-Founder, Former CNN and CNBC Reporter/Producer Has virtual fundraising leveled the playing field for international founders? Is it easier now for international founders to...
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Synthetic Equity — Pros > Cons For Startups?

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In the US, limited liability corporations (LLCs) are a recent phenomenon -- Wyoming pioneered them in 1977, the IRS issued comprehensive rules around their taxation in 1988, and by 1996 all 50 states had...
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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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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...