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Insights

Who Can You Be Real With?

// Zack Mansfield

September 24, 2014 -

Startups are a mess.  They are frustrating, exhilarating, stressful, and full of problems that need to be solved.  The exhilaration of a startup is getting to actually solve these problems in new ways.  In your ways. For all the great ideas and all the big markets, it really comes down to people. Who, as an entrepreneur, can you go to and say, “I really screwed this up”?  It’s an important question to ask: who can you be real with?

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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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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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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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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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Q2 2014 Venture Fundraising Update

// Wiley Becker

August 5, 2014 -

Both Number of Funds and Capital Raised Continues Upward Trajectory

Capital Continues to be Highly Concentrated with a Small Number of Funds

Number of New Funds Also Increases, but Only Accounts for 8% of Total Capital Raised 

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