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Q2 2014 Venture Investments Update

// Wiley Becker

September 2, 2014 - $13.0B was invested in 1,114 venture-backed companies in Q2 2014, marking the highest quarterly dollar total since Q1 2001 according to the MoneyTreeTM Report.  While this was a rolling four quarter increase of 17% in capital invested, the number of deals increased only 3%.
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Protecting Intellectual Property: The "Wow, that's Cool!" Factor™

// John L. Sotomayor

September 2, 2014 - Over the years, the one consistent question I have been asked by inventors, innovators and business executives is "how do you know that something is patentable?"  It is a valid question, as you cannot protect patentable inventions if you are not aware that you have them. As a result, I developed the "Wow, that's cool!" factor to provide a common sense approach to determining whether something is novel and non-obvious. 
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How to Maintain Exceptional Client Service in a Growing Company

// Kurt Ruesch

September 2, 2014 - Kurt Ruesch, Square 1 Bank founder and director of client services, offers advice on maintaining a service-first culture as your company grows.
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Decoding Diligence

// Anthony P. Lee

August 6, 2014 -

One of the most mystifying parts of venture fundraising is the murky process of due diligence.  There is a ton of advice out there on how to get in and pitch a venture investor, but little on how to manage the ‘boring-sounding’ but critical due diligence process.  Yet this is where make or break happens for many venture deals.  Due diligence is the homework that investors do – tech reviews, reference calls, market checks – to understand the opportunities and risks of an investment.  For some investors, diligence is a structured process.  For others, it’s an informal dating ritual.  Either way, it’s important for entrepreneurs to understand the process and manage it.

 

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Three Common Types of Banking Fraud and Ways to Protect Yourself

// Laura Danni

August 5, 2014 - Bank fraud can be devastating to your personal and business finances.  More and more tools and techniques are used by thieves and scam artists to steal your identity and money, or corrupt your business.  In this three part series, I will discuss a few common banking fraud and security threats, plus some prevention tips suggestions that can help minimize your chances of falling victim to a fraud incident.
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The ABCs of Term Sheets

// David Ehrenberg

August 5, 2014 - For start-ups looking to grow (and which ones aren’t?), getting the first term sheet can be a critical milestone in nurturing a successful business. In this post, I want to take a look at the contents of a standard agreement, variations, and common pitfalls. Stick to the ABCs: Anticipate investors’ concerns and information requirements; Be aware of the pitfalls; Remember that all agreements are Conditional, with the terms subject to change.
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