Category Archives: co-founder

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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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly about Startups and Entrepreneurship


Everyone hears about the good things about startups – both as a founder or working in any capacity in one.  Yes – if you hit the right team and the timing is right, one can hit unexpected riches. However, that … Continue reading

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Entrepreneurship, Youth Unemployment, Obama Minimum Wage


Wall Street Journal’s article ( http://online.wsj.com/home-page), “Obama Seeks to Jump-Start Stalled Plans”,(WSJ, Jan. 29, 2014)  summarizes the President’s initiatives to raise the minimum wage from $7.75 an hour to a whopping $10.10. And I, of course, pondered the impact of … Continue reading

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