Tag Archives: venture capital

Venture Tips Update….Make Your Business About Your Customers, Not Your Technology

I originally published the majority of this post back in January, 2012, but I was reminded of the issue again today…twice.  So I updated the post on why you should think of your business in their terms. A founder came … Continue reading

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How Much Money Should I Raise…$29,542?

Hopefully, you remember the classic TV show Taxi and its despicably lovable character, Louie DePalma.  In one memorable episode, the unforgettable Jim Ignatowski accidentally burns down Louie’s apartment. Jim’s wealthy father sends Louie a signed blank check to cover the … Continue reading

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Let Us Begin with the Beginning

And so, in conclusion, we project that our exit will occur on July 30, 2019. Perhaps the only aspect of your business’s future that is less certain than your 3rd year EBITDA, is the financial exit that you and your … Continue reading

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Ohhhhh. I Get It Now. You Said Valuation…I Thought You Said Value.

I am obviously slower than I thought I was.  And I’m certainly slower than the capital aggregators known as Silicon Valley venture capital.  They understood long before I did that early stage company investing is NOT about the value of … Continue reading

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We Better Define Success Before Declaring It

Ten years ago, in my office, I was fortunate to have observed an “A-HA!” moment that pops back into my head more than once in a while.  In my office was a very well known and successful venture capitalist and … 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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Tiny Bubbles, In The Whine…Make Your A Round Happy, Feel Fine

Most people younger than 40 may not even recognize the name Don Ho.  It’s probably not even vaguely familiar; not stored even on a single synapse way in the back there from  when you were channel surfing and accidentally heard … Continue reading

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Guy Kawasaki on the VC model

Guy Kawasaki is an outspoken guy who helped Apple develop its fanatical following and has successfully built his own brand.  He was on a panel in the UK recently at an event called “Learning Without Frontiers”.  In the video, he … Continue reading

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VentureTips…Advice To Those Who Venture

All spot-on advice here in this VentureBeat post on raising VC capital and the patience required to do so.  One point missing is to develop a warm introduction to the VC world.  Work with attorneys or accountants or consultants who have … Continue reading

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