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%.
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.
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.
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.
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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