Category Archives: co-founder

Burn Rate During a Startup’s Early Stages


Investors hope to see from the startup’s cash management during its early stages to be spartan and reasonable during its early stage operations. An investor would be anxious to see a startup burn through cash too quickly on high salaries … Continue reading

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How to make huge bucks as founders and early investors through an unprofitable, public company? Look at Spotify and the first IPO player at that game, Viatel.


    Just this week, Spotify went public directly priced at $132 a share, even when, with revenues of US$5 bill., it sustained losses of $1.5 bill. One analyst even gave the buy target at $180 a share!  (At this … Continue reading

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Teams to Attract Investors


A few days ago, a growing VC firm was pitching for additional capital from limited partners, where I was part of the audience.  In demonstrating the criteria for early-stage companies they invest in, and they emphasized this characteristic, the “team” … Continue reading

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OPM – Other People’s Money


Other People’s Money (“OPM”) was the movie title about a fictional Wall Street raider, using capital from others to benefit financially. Why am I skeptical about the new fund-raising techniques revolving on virtual currencies from bitcoins to ICOs?  Or even … Continue reading

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For 89 Bucks, anyone can be a Founder!


When I relocated to Silicon Valley, I noted the usage of the ubiquitous sobriquet, “Founder”, next to the titles of CxOs for many startups.  Interestingly, anyone can register a C-corp for the total cost of $89 fee in the State … Continue reading

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Team, one of the 5 T’s


Just recently, I witnessed a presenter pitching to potential investors and, when referring to the efforts and ideas of the company, he emphasized the pronoun, “I”.  When investors evaluate a company, one of the key profiles to determine the value … Continue reading

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Startups Live or Die from their Spreadsheets when Raising Capital


There is a saying in the investment community that the companies which successfully raise capital must tell a compelling story.  Besides the text, such story lives and dies by the numbers in the spreadsheet.  How important are those numbers? Let … Continue reading

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