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Closing Your Startup Round? 5 Practical Guidelines

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Previous articles have talked about party rounds and keeping momentum in your fundraising. This one will focus specifically on the close, which ideally is a foregone conclusion but sometimes becomes the period of highest...
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Have A Startup Idea? How To Raise A Pre Seed

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The term pre seed has really become institutionalized in the last couple years, before that the idea / powerpoint stage wasn’t called by any other specific name. Let’s delve into definitions before  1) Definitions There is...
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Why We Invested In HeyRenee - Personal Health Assistant

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Excited to announce our investment alongside Quiet Capital, Mucker Capital, Fika Ventures, Global Founders Capital, SaaS Ventures and Founders First in the $3.8M seed round of HeyRenee — your personal care concierge. HeyRenee is a first-ever...
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Initial Public Offerings, Are They Worthy Of Your Money?

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IPOs Coming Up, How Should You Think About Them? The stock market is doing well, hitting all-time highs. A number of companies want to make the most of this by launching their Initial Public Offerings....
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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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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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Fintech After GameStop: How Will the Robinhood Trading Debacle Affect Regulation?

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Financial Health Network’s Jennifer Tescher and securities litigator Carl Volz discuss the GameStop short squeeze and the implication for fintech regulation. The now-infamous GameStop trading frenzy of January 2021 is (mostly) behind us, and...
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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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