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Boulder

Startup Guide to Building a Pitch Deck and Financial Model

By | Aug 24, 2017 at 8:30 am

As you prepare for your fundraising effort, you need to get the basic tools of the trade completed before you start the process. In part one of this startup series we covered traction and the executive summary. In this post, we will dive into pitch…

Interviews

Portland, Maine

This Founder Knew When it Was Time to Step Down and Let Go

By | Jun 16, 2017 at 7:15 am

David Stone has lived the big-company corporate life and the startup life. There’s no contest. He prefers the latter. Stone has been involved in eight or nine startups in senior roles, though he only founded or co-founded three of those—Sports Rewards Systems in 2002,…

Interviews

Portland, Maine

How One Founder Went From VC to Green Tech Startup

By | Jun 15, 2017 at 8:30 am

Each week, I interview a startup founder in Maine to learn more about their background, lessons learned, advice for founders and their technology. This time we’re talking with Clayton Kyle, CEO of Clynk, the bottle and can redemption business and garbage tech. As CEO…

Interviews

Chicago

Ezra Galston: From Poker Player To Chicago’s Fastest Rising VC

By | Apr 1, 2017 at 12:45 pm

Ezra Galston is a VC at Chicago Ventures. At CV, Ezra focuses on consumer facing investment and is actively involved with BloomNation, Kapow Events, Luxury Garage Sale, Shiftgig, SpotHero, Zipments, and Havenly. He writes one of my favorite VC blogs at BreakingVC.com and his…

Funding

Frivolous Spending Could Sink This Silicon Valley VC Firm

By | Aug 19, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Having a loose wallet is part of being a venture capitalist. After all, you are in the investing business. But the key to being a skilled VC is knowing when to spend your money, and when to call it quits. As soon as you…

Business

4 PR Secrets Used by Tech Venture Capitalists

By | Aug 3, 2016 at 3:30 pm

A hasty look at any solid startup communications plan can give off a basic, if not sophomoric value point to PR investments. While incumbent brands have to worry about everything from crisis campaigns to shareholder messaging. Most startups use PR to get themselves embedded…

Reports & Rankings

The Top 20 VCs in Mobile, Based on App Downloads

By | Jun 8, 2016 at 3:03 pm

Mobile usage has seen an unprecedented rise in recent years. Just two years ago, it passed desktop usage for number of global users. The number of users has since grown to nearly 2 billion worldwide. And while thousands of venture capital firms have sunk millions…

Reports & Rankings

The Most Active VC Firms in Each State

By | Jun 1, 2016 at 1:15 pm

The importance of finding funding as a startup cannot be understated. While a driven team, quality product, and connected founder can get your company off the ground, capital is the only way to go from small startup to big business. Fortunately, there is no…

Startups & Apps

Fandom Daily Changes Fantasy Sports for the Better

By | Apr 12, 2016 at 1:22 pm

Fantasy leagues have been a staple of the sports fan experience for years for its competitive nature and overwhelming simplicity. Since it’s inception in the 1950s, the game hasn’t changed much at all, arming its participants with individual players and an army of statistics. But one startup is…

Tips & How To’s

5 Ways to Be a Helpful Angel Investor

By | Sep 2, 2015 at 6:00 pm

The annual Midas List may be filled with the biggest name VCs, but I firmly believe that the strongest startups ubiquitously begin with ardent support from capable and helpful angel investors. Sadly, many current angel investors choose not to lift a finger to help…

Business

Pitch Deck Podcast Inspires Startups to Sharpen their Capital-Seeking Game

By | Oct 24, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Gavin McCulley noticed a problem. Founders have a difficult time raising capital. This is nothing new to people living startuplife, but it doesn’t mean that this problem needs to be perpetuated. Sometimes, the difficulty lies in the fact that the business dosen’t deserve or warrant being funded,…

Interviews

Las Vegas

Tim Draper: A Hero Dedicated to Creating Other Heroes

By | Dec 23, 2013 at 1:00 pm

When Tim Draper is considering an investment, he wants to see the whites of your eyes. For him, there has to be a spark, and it has to come flying out at him; at that point he can’t help but invest. This mentality has…

Entrepreneur

From a VC’s Perspective: Understanding Convertible Notes with Caps

By | Sep 29, 2011 at 11:00 am

Over the past few weeks several entrepreneurs have been asking me about my opinion on convertible notes with caps. Jason Mendelson has posted a good summary of capped convertible notes on his blog here, which is mostly positive about the instrument while also acknowledging that…