A day-long series of mentoring sessions this past week on the subject of startup funding brought to top of mind some of the basics. “Safe” financings, which have the mathematical effects of convertible notes but are legally more like warrants, are in vogue on …

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Apologies for skipping a week. I have been rather preoccupied as the father of the bride at an elegant Austin wedding. However, that suggested a useful topic for this essay. There has been much in the news this year about alleged misbehaviors from long …

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Who are your mentors? Whether or not you have formally designated mentors or advisors, as an alert entrepreneur you are probably bold about asking for guidance whenever a trusted party is available to you. Just like it’s nearly impossible to diagnose a flaw in your …

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Having now observed or read over 150 pitches in the last 3 weeks and having been on the road a bit, I’m focusing on the overworked term of “use cases.” There’s a lot of de-risking left to be done in ideas that depend on …

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Google defines “anxiety” as a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome. It can be a serious disorder, but anyone bold enough to be a startup founder likely confronts more than his or her …

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In total I witnessed 83 pitches at SXSW, and 82 of them mentioned blockchain. I guess that was a minimum criterion for a successful presentation at that event. There’s one such dominating trend like that every year at SXSW, and there’s always a replacement …

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The road has beckoned, and I’m publishing off cycle a bit in order to attend a series of events. Today concludes my time at SXSW in Austin. It was for me another productive year at this ever more massive festival of technology, film and …

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This week took me to the Rise of the Rest conference in Washington, DC. ROTR is Steve Case’s bold effort to address startup formation outside the three metropolitan regions that garner 75% of venture capital – San Francisco, Boston and New York City. The …

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To you as a founder, details are important. When you are generating revenue and incurring payroll and other expenses, making sure the books stay in balance seems like an obvious task. But, I continue to be amazed at the amount of “found money” to …

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