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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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Pivoting Your Startup? 4 Ways To Do It Right

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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Three Simple Questions (And One Difficult One) To Ask Before Investing In A Blockchain

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There has never been a better time to be learning about blockchain. Between the rate of growth amongst currencies like Bitcoin or Litecoin and the wide-reaching applications outside the financial sector, distributed ledger technologies...
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Plan and Build Your Real Estate Business

The real estate business has to be one of the top five favorite professions of all time. The reason is simple. It does not need a specific qualification and/or experience. Yet, the returns can...
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Yes We Can! The SBIR and STTR Grants for American Small Business

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Does economic development rule the people, or serve the people? In the 1980’s when Burton A Weisbrod first published The NonProfit Economy, he wrote that the US economy was composed of three sectors, public, private, and...
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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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Are REITs Overrated?

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In this article, my goal is to provide readers a framework to analyze real estate investment trusts in today’s day and age. Before getting started, I would like to remind the readers that the views...
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When Caution Becomes a Cage: A Case Study of Over-Regulation in Swiss Banks

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Regulation — it’s a metaphorical referee on the financial industry’s playing field, standing ready and willing to ensure that everyone in the industry adheres to the rules. When implemented well, regulatory forces protect consumers...
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Updated Patent system in China: the PAO

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The very recent economic and trade agreements, as well as political ones, between American President Donald Trump and the Chinese Government, should facilitate a quiet and future cooperation, putting a pause and a truce...
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LIBOR: An Enthralling Saga!

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From creating history to becoming history LIBOR is one of the most important benchmark interest rates at which borrowings take place in the international interbank market for short-term loans. LIBOR is a worldwide accepted benchmark...
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The Best Way to Use Stock Market Correlations

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When Alfred Winslow Jones pioneered the world's first "hedged" fund (the "d" was dropped later) he blew other investors away by borrowing funds to short 20% of the stocks trading at the time. He...
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Bringing DeFi Speed to Private Funds

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DeFi is bringing new excitement to the old idea of cooperative ownership. Customers get tokens, earn fees, and vote on decisions. In theory, this improves governance. In practice it accelerates customer commitment and adoption...
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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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Money: Investing During the Coronavirus Pandemic

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A warning for every investor and the actions you should take right now Through my financial services career spanning almost two decades, I was once responsible for supervising an entire company of financial advisors who...
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Stock Donations: What To Know

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There are plenty of traders and investors that are separately also trying to figure out the best ways to donate their money. It may not be the most obvious, but integrating your investment strategy...
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Intellectual Property Protection in China

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According to WIPO Director-General, Francis Gurry, China «has given the issue of intellectual property a strategic role and has paid great attention to the value of intellectual property in various sectors of the economy». This...
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Why Investors Should Consider Buy and Hold Real Estate

The real estate market has certainly been rather odd over the past year or so. Many (including myself admittedly) expected it to dip around the time the pandemic started. But that has not (as...
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Where to invest right now?

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The present times are embossed by uncertainty. This also holds true for the world of investing. Most of the share prices are mainly dependent on the development of the Covid-19 pandemic. Consequentially, the relationship...
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ESG Investing Has a Data Problem — Here’s Why That Matters

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Sustainable ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) investing requires, by its very definition, a robust and sensible approach. No investment that purports to improve the world can be made without a full appreciation of historical...
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So You Want To Invest In Startups? 5 Ways Other Than Being A Full-Time...

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Ever considered investing in startups but don’t want to be a full-time VC? There are other paths and this post will touch on the five main ones. 0) Definitions -- Before a deeper discussion we...