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The Four Seasons of Your Start-Up…Winter

If you’ve been reading along in this 4-part series of the evolution of your start-up, you may be expecting that Winter is the end of the line.  You may be thinking that somehow I’m going to wrap up the series with a … Continue reading

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Entrepreneurship…Highway of the Future!

I’d like to suggest a new way for governments to look at seed stage technology company funding.   I’d like to suggest that state governments in particular think about funding seed stage tech companies in the same way that they … Continue reading

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What Erich Brenn Can Teach Us About Funding of Start-Ups

Who remembers Erich Brenn?  In these blog posts, I’ve occasionally tried to understand, and explain, the business world I see by comparing it to famous people you’ve probably never heard of.  We’ve previously talked about Don Ho and Jim Riggleman.  And … Continue reading

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Should VC’s Be More Like Lumberjacks?

According to this Small Business Trends post, only 10% of all VC investment goes into seed and early stage companies.  That is up from only about 5% in the mid-2000’s, but well below the 15-25% range that existed between 1980 … Continue reading

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Maryland stepping up…Follows Pennsylvania’s Time-Proven Strategy

I was somewhat disheartened to read in the Maryland Daily Record, that Maryland was moving ahead with a plan to invest $70 million in high tech start up firms.  Pennsylvania has long been a leader among states in that business.  … Continue reading

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Getting Seed Investors Moving…Don’t Exit at the Start

An April 11 post at VentureBeat provided some good guidance on generating a term sheet for a seed-stage investment from an angel investment.  While reviewing it, I was reminded of recent stories I’ve been reading about founders demanding, and getting, part of … Continue reading

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Don’t Expect Miracles in 2 Years…

TNInvestco was created in 2009 in Tennessee to invest in early stage companies.  Like Pennsylvania in 1983, state leaders had the business savvy to understand that these investments pay dividends in terms of jobs, tax revenue and the,  harder-to-quantify-but-just-as-important, building … Continue reading

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