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How Not to be Dumb Money, 3.0

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Gamestop Meme War Marshmallow Experiment Update When fear is overpriced, sell some. Gamestop dropped 29% today to $143 and I’m smiling at its put options’ inverted volatility smile. GME’s out of the money (OTM) puts cratered...
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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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Early-stage is not about speed

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I’ve long been wanting to write about speed. I am developing my 4th startup in solo mode, and I cannot go fast :-). Is it an issue? A common perception is that speed is what...
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Where Are All the Trillionaires?

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Recently, I accidentally clicked on an ad while trying to read a story on the internet. “It’s easy with my proven investment strategy to turn a few thousand dollars into millions,” a self-proclaimed expert...
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A Global Channel for Digital Securities

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Tokenized securities were a disaster in 2018. Investors didn’t want them, regulators didn’t like them, and issuers used them to offer scammy small-caps. All of those things need to change before we can use...
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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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5 Great Ways to Invest in September You Need to Know

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Five stocks outperforming in 2020 AsTesla and Apple made news last month with their stocks splits driving some stocks higher, the stock market is cooling off in September. Stocks in the long run will do...
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Five Financial Applications Of Natural Language Processing

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The last five years have been revolutionary for the field of natural language processing. We went from glorified ctrl-f to a machine that can write programs for us based on natural language descriptions. While...
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Why Engaging With Right Crypto Exchange Matters

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Cryptocurrencies, especially bitcoins, have shown tremendous growth so far when compared to gold and the U.S.Dollar. In June 2020, the price of bitcoin has increased by 27.8% year-on-year, while gold and the U.S.dollar have...
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Startup101: How Do I Divide Equity Among My Cofounders And Employees?

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So you have just spent six months building a prototype with an early team, punting the question on how to divide the company. Now you are looking to raise external capital essentially forcing you...
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How Data Analytics Can Inform Real Estate Finance

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Data is the hot commodity of the 21st century. Because of its ability to fuel and inform nearly every industry in existence, data accumulation and usage should be focal points for any business, no...
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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...
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Spotting The Wolf From The Sheep

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If you have been in any industry long enough, one thing becomes clear. There are three main types of people in this world, the ones who are smart and resilient, the ones who are...
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How Wirecard Concealed Its €1.9 Billion Plothole

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Good luck squeezing out of this one. Wirecard, the major German payment processing company, has shown in an audit that its books are missing around €1.9 billion in cash. It turns out, as per external...
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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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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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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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AI Startups + Fundraising = What Are The Metrics?

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What do I need to show in order to raise my next round? All entrepreneurs face that question at some point and it may be the single piece of advice they most ask. This...
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