Zendesk vs. Box.com: Why Investors Are Split

// Ho Nam

June 11, 2014 - Contrary to what some might think, the two companies are completely different. Both are growing, but Zendesk is on a credible path to profitability and growth.
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Creating Credible Startup Financials

// David Ehrenberg

June 11, 2014 - Hopefully this won’t come as a surprise to you…accurate financials are essential. Yep, they are. Credible startup financials are an invaluable tool for evaluating your company’s financial health and for business planning. They’re also crucial when you’re seeking funding.

Creating credible financials is a detailed process, but if you follow these steps, you’ll be on your way to satisfying even the most calculating investors.
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How FilterEasy Turned a Mistake into a Chance for Fandom

// Zack Mansfield

June 11, 2014 -

Ever had a poor experience with a new supplier and vowed to never use their service again?  We’ve all been there.  Learn how FilterEasy turned a disappointed customer into a fan for life through excellent customer service and commitment to make it right.

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Working Together to Provide a Hand Up

// Laura Piggott

May 28, 2014 - Imagine you are unemployed, alone and barely making ends meet – unable to provide the basic necessities for yourself or your children. This is the stark reality for many of the women that come through the doors of Dress for Success, an international nonprofit organization providing services to help women find jobs and maintain employment. Whether victims of domestic violence, the economy, generational poverty or poor life choices, the clients of Dress for Success have one thing in common: they are ready to enter (or re-enter) the workforce and become self-sufficient. 
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Q1 2014 Venture Investments Update

// Wiley Becker

May 28, 2014 - $9.5B was invested in 951 venture-backed companies in Q1 2014, marking the highest quarterly dollar total since Q2 2001 according to the MoneyTreeTM Report. While this was a rolling four quarter increase of 12% in capital invested, the number of deals remained flat. The spike in dollars invested, consequently, was caused by an increase in average deal size driven primarily by several very large deals this quarter.
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VC Lessons Learned: Sell Intelligence, Buy Empathy

// Trevor Loy

May 28, 2014 -  In the venture business, the well-known rule of thumb is that for every 10 portfolio company investments, only two or three will turn into substantial “home run” outcomes like Astria. Another two or three investments will produce positive returns, but with low enough multiples on invested capital that the final returns will not justify the risk and time that was required. The remaining four to six investments will typically result in a partial or total loss of invested equity capital.
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