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The Four Seasons of Your Start-Up…Autumn Begins! (reprise)

(Originally posted in 2012…thought of it as I picked my last tomato of the season yesterday!) The temperature outside my window last night dipped to 44, the crickets have stopped chirping and my wife told me that she “can’t manage … 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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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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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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VentureTips…Wise Beyond Their Years

Ah, youth.  Early signs of future success sometimes appear to be obvious, but so many do not live up to their potential.  Like the highly recruited college athlete who appears to be the “next one”, early promise can fizzle or … Continue reading

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Yeah, see, $41 Million is chump change

A lot has been written and blogged about how the recent $41 million investment in Color best symbolizes a new bubble.  I think one of the oddest stories was from the Business Insider, by the editor, Henry Blodget.  It leads … Continue reading

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Have Big VC Funds Become a League of Their Own?

I needed to read this story twice.  http://techcrunch.com/2011/03/20/is-late-stage-the-new-early/ There are so many implications that I’m glad TechCrunch plans to follow up on it.  They chronicle a handful of funds that are investing $100’s of millions in companies that probably don’t … Continue reading

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