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Bootstrapping Your Company Comes With Challenges

By | Sep 24, 2017 at 8:30 am

Bill Keleher cofounded what is now known as Kennebec River Biosciences in 1996 when he was in his late 20s. He’s built the Richmond-based company, which provides laboratory services and health products to aquaculture companies, to a point where it currently has 15 employees…



How Much Equity Do You Give Early Team Members?

By | Sep 5, 2017 at 5:00 pm

You might be contemplating how much equity should you give early team members including mentors, advisors, board members and potential cofounders in your startup. I’ve personally had challenges on this front and find it an area that benefits from experience (read as mistakes). I know…



Meet the 6 Startups in Oracle’s Non-Equity Startup Accelerator

By | Aug 2, 2017 at 9:20 am

Corporate startup accelerators have become a staple of the business world. As soon as large companies like Target and Facebook realized that it’s easier to support startups being innovative than actually trying to be innovative themselves, the floodgates opened and startups around the world…


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The Basics of Equity Crowdfunding

By | Jul 21, 2017 at 8:30 am

Just over six months ago, we launched equity crowdfunding on Indiegogo. Through our joint venture with MicroVentures, First Democracy VC, anyone can invest in startups and innovative companies for potential financial returns. Since November 2016, we’ve launched 14 offerings, raising nearly $5M from more…

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8 Things Founders Need to Know About Equity Crowdfunding

By | Jul 20, 2017 at 8:30 am

Since President Obama passed the JOBS act in 2012, we’ve been witnessing the beginning of a new movement in the U.S. – one that empowers entrepreneurs to raise money from almost anyone, anywhere. It’s a movement that removes the barriers to fundraising so that…


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The Gigster Fund Offers Freelancers a Unique Financial Security Plan

By | Nov 4, 2016 at 10:30 am

By 2020, an estimated 40 percent of the American workforce will be independent workers, whether freelancers, contractors, or temporary employees. And it’s not like they’re doing so poorly in 2016: They’ll earn a stunning one trillion dollars this year. So why don’t they have a strong…



Is Portland the Big Freelancing Hub of the Future?

By | Jul 13, 2016 at 6:00 pm

No one will tell you Portland isn’t a growing city: Venture capital funding for startups in the area took a boost from $41 million in 2009 to around $139 million in 2013, according to Geek Wire. “The growth has been phenomenal here,” venture capitalist Diane Fraiman told them. “Another…


Onevest Launches Crowdfunding Effort to Finance Its Own Series A

By | Jun 19, 2015 at 9:00 am

Onevest, the online equity crowdfunding platform that connects early-stage startups with accredited investors, announced today that it has launched an effort to self-crowdfund its own Series A round of financing through its own platform. According to the company, this approach to its Series A…


3 Reasons to Watch Your Equity Like You Watch Your Bank Account

By | May 29, 2015 at 9:00 am

If you’re a startup employee reading this article, you may have received equity in your company. Company ownership gives you a stake in your company and can result in an important portion of your overall compensation. However, while most people are very aware of…

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TechStars is Constantly Working to be the Best Accelerator

By | Nov 13, 2014 at 8:00 am

Since starting in Boulder, Colorado in 2007 the TechStars accelerator has grown into a giant entity that serves entrepreneurs and tech ecosystems across the US. David Cohen, the founder of TechStars, joined us at this year’s Tech Cocktail Celebrate Conference to detail the role…



Rokk3r Labs: Investing in the Entrepreneur, Not the Idea

By | Oct 28, 2014 at 8:00 am

One way to get your startup off the ground is to leverage the mentorship and investor relationship opportunities of a startup incubator and accelerator. But that is not the ONLY way to do so, and many times it’s not the best alternative for the…


5 Innovative Business Incubator Strategies

By | Sep 2, 2014 at 6:00 am

So you want to join a business incubator?  Here are 5 key strategies to help you compare options. 1. Stake it to make it  If the incubator doesn’t have a stake in the companies, they are just selling real estate.  That’s a fine model, and it is innovative…


Should You Split Equity 50/50?

By | May 15, 2014 at 12:00 pm

This post includes extra content from Startup Mixology, my upcoming book on starting up – including how to prepare yourself for the harsh reality and celebrate positive moments along the way. Go here to pre-order the book (due July 8) and subscribe to updates! In early 2013, ousted…


Debt Ain’t A Dirty Word

By | Mar 20, 2014 at 10:30 am

In the young startup space, it is acknowledged that finding investors is the Holy Grail. Oh those many hours of listening to presenters at conferences and reading the forests of articles written or how-to’s created – on better success at raising capital through investors….


A Book in 5 Minutes: “The Founder’s Dilemmas” by Noam Wasserman

By | Oct 14, 2013 at 11:00 am

Don’t have time to read? Here’s a quick but comprehensive summary of Noam Wasserman’s “The Founder’s Dilemmas: Anticipating and Avoiding the Pitfalls That Can Sink a Startup,” released March 31, 2013, by Princeton University Press.  Who should read this: Anyone considering founding a company,…


Why and How You Should Give Advisor Equity

By | Jun 10, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Free advice is often worth what is paid for it – nothing. Advice that is highly valued obviously will carry a higher price tag. But how to calculate the value of advice is challenging. Early-stage startups have an even more difficult time as they…

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Hearst Ventures Backs Science Studio With $30 Million Fund

By | Feb 15, 2013 at 1:30 am

Hearst Corporation’s venture arm, Hearst Ventures, is making a minority equity investment in Science Inc, the Santa Monica, California tech startup creation studio. According to All Things D the deal is close to $30 million for a stake above 20 percent. “Hearst is continually looking…