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Startup Culture Podcast: Kyle Porter of SalesLoft

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Zack Mansfield
David Ehrenberg David Ehrenberg Guest Contributor

What to Do When an Investor Says No

July 14, 2016

We talk a lot about preparing your startup for fundraising. Preparing a pitch deck. Getting your financials in order. Tapping your network for investor introductions. Putting together a valuation of your business. There are many different angles you have to be aware of when getting ready for your big investor pitch. But what happens if … Continue reading What to Do When an Investor Says No

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Zack Mansfield Zack Mansfield SVP, Technology Banking

Startup Culture Podcast: Kyle Porter of SalesLoft

July 14, 2016

In the first episode of his Startup Culture podcast, Zack Mansfield (@zackmansfield) has a conversation with Kyle Porter (@kyleporter), co-founder and CEO of SalesLoft. Kyle shares the origin story of SalesLoft and how he “almost ran the company into the ground.” A shift in focus to a values-centered approach was a transformational event for the … Continue reading Startup Culture Podcast: Kyle Porter of SalesLoft

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Loren Vittetoe Loren Vittetoe Guest Contributor

Explaining Public vs. Private Market Valuations

July 14, 2016

The number of IPOs we are seeing in the market has decreased significantly. So far this year, 31 companies have gone public in the U.S., down from 69 in the first five months of 2015 and 115 in the same period in 2014. Of public offerings in the first quarter of 2016, none of them … Continue reading Explaining Public vs. Private Market Valuations

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Laurie Lumenti Garty Laurie Lumenti Garty SVP, Startup Services

Level Up Recap – Roundtable with GE Ventures + Storm Ventures

June 16, 2016

Square 1’s Level Up series aims to help startup founders and entrepreneurs succeed by sharing best practices and inviting insights from guest speakers and investors that know how to navigate the venture space. May’s Level Up event featured a roundtable discussion with Lisa Coca from GE Ventures and Ryan Floyd from Storm Ventures. This post … Continue reading Level Up Recap – Roundtable with GE Ventures + Storm Ventures

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Hans Swildens Hans Swildens Guest Contributor

The Elephant in the Room: Hedge Funds and Mutual Funds

June 16, 2016

This article is co-authored with Kathleen Collins, Associate at Industry Ventures. When mutual funds and hedge funds cough, venture capital catches a cold. Between them, U.S. mutual and hedge fund managers have approximately $19 trillion of assets under management. Venture funds, in contrast, generally raise $20-40 billion in a given year, less than 1% of that … Continue reading The Elephant in the Room: Hedge Funds and Mutual Funds

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Sanjay Gandhi Sanjay Gandhi Guest Contributor

Don’t Let 409A Valuation Issues Derail Your Financing Round

June 16, 2016

This article is co-authored with Christopher S. Edwards, Counsel, Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt. When you’ve founded a company and are raising funds, if you want to impress investors and close the financing quickly and on agreed-upon terms, make sure that your corporate records are careful, complete and correct.  The typical list includes: Board and stockholder minutes … Continue reading Don’t Let 409A Valuation Issues Derail Your Financing Round

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Sanjay Gandhi Sanjay Gandhi Guest Contributor

Convertible Debt Vs. Convertible Equity Throw Down: Which Form Prevails For Early-Stage Fundraising?

May 19, 2016

This article is co-authored with Eliot Cotton of Vinson & Elkins. Backdrop Convertible debt has emerged as one of the most common forms of early-stage financing over the past decade for both angel investments as well as institutional rounds. A convertible debt round is generally less complicated and less expensive than a “priced round” and can … Continue reading Convertible Debt Vs. Convertible Equity Throw Down: Which Form Prevails For Early-Stage Fundraising?

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David Steed David Steed Guest Contributor

Short B2B Videos are Changing the Game for Fundraising and Biz Dev

May 19, 2016

Whether you’re looking for the right investor or the right customer, networking is a fundamental part of the process. You give your best pitch to each person in the chain to spin them up on your unique business and value proposition, and you hope that they “get-it” enough to want to help you find a … Continue reading Short B2B Videos are Changing the Game for Fundraising and Biz Dev

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Zack Mansfield Zack Mansfield SVP, Technology Banking

Inside the Ropes at a VC LP Meeting

May 19, 2016

The venture capital game has been demystified a ton in the last decade, with a seemingly endless supply of blog posts, books, tweets and now even SnapStorms providing an inside look at how VC works. This week I attended the LP meeting of a fund that we work closely with and realized that this experience was not as well-known and had … Continue reading Inside the Ropes at a VC LP Meeting

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Zack Mansfield Zack Mansfield SVP, Technology Banking

ICYMI: Managing the Little Things

May 5, 2016

This article was originally published on June 25, 2014. The role of a startup’s CEO is one which requires an insane amount of multi-tasking and focus. One day you might be hammering out the intricacies of your product or having a customer conversation to validate product/market fit. Then the next you’re taking meetings with insurance … Continue reading ICYMI: Managing the Little Things

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