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How to Build a Three-Year Startup Plan…The Right Way

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David Ehrenberg
Early Growth Financial Services
Hans Swildens Hans Swildens Guest Contributor

The Venture Capital Risk and Return Matrix

February 23, 2017

This article is co-authored by Hans Swildens and Eric Yee.
One of our venture fund managers recently asked, “When you invest, what is a good expected return?” After thinking about the question, we concluded that the answer depends on the type of investment – is it a company or fund, and is it early-stage or late-stage?

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Sanjay Gandhi Sanjay Gandhi Guest Contributor

Trust Planning for Founders of Companies

February 23, 2017

This article is co-authored by Sanjay Gandhi and Ian Weinstock.
As founder of a company, you have a zillion things to think about, many of which urgently need to be addressed for your company to survive and thrive. It may therefore be somewhat stressful to add to your list of things to think about anything that isn’t strictly necessary.

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David Ehrenberg David Ehrenberg Guest Contributor

How to Build a Three-Year Startup Plan…The Right Way

February 23, 2017

Getting started is one challenge. More challenging, though, is having vision. Being able to do so in those early stages is what makes the difference between being the next startup success story, rather than a shuttered up also-ran.

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David Ehrenberg David Ehrenberg Guest Contributor

Tips On Selecting A Proper Board Member

February 9, 2017

Ask a CEO what early milestone they’re not looking forward to and it’s probably assembling a board to work with. After all, most entrepreneurs are used to being highly independent; the idea of diluting that with a committee structure can be…unappealing.

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Top Tier Capital Partners Top Tier Capital Partners Guest Contributor

VC Hold Times: Healthcare Shorter Than Technology?

February 9, 2017

As a Fund of Funds manager, we at Top Tier focus on constructing our portfolios with what we believe are the right types of managers (healthcare/tech), investing in the right stage (seed, series A-C, Growth), in the right geography (New York, San Francisco, LA, other) for the current market.

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Baird Capital Baird Capital Guest Contributor

Minding the Care Gap

February 9, 2017

Around the world, the behavioral health, mental health and addiction sectors are growing significantly in terms of needs, challenges and opportunities.

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Sanjay Gandhi Sanjay Gandhi Guest Contributor

LLC to C-Corp. Conversion: Pitfalls to Avoid – Part II

January 26, 2017

In our first installment on LLC to C-corp conversions, we discussed reasons why businesses choose to convert and mechanisms to consider before initiating the process. Here, we will outline why capitalization and valuation matter and post-conversion requirements that shouldn’t be overlooked.

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Hans Swildens Hans Swildens Guest Contributor

Winning by Losing in Early-Stage Investing

January 26, 2017

One of our limited partners recently asked, “What are the normal failure rates for early-stage venture capital investments?” After digging through our data, we estimate that early-stage fund losses range between approximately 35% and 70%.

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Top Tier Capital Partners Top Tier Capital Partners Guest Contributor

The Importance of Succession in Venture Capital

January 26, 2017

At TTCP we are seeing more venture firms both in the U.S. and abroad focus on team succession. There are several probable catalysts for increased succession planning:

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Mike Brown Jr. Mike Brown Jr. Guest Contributor

Continued Opportunities In The $122B Vertical Market Software Space

January 12, 2017

At Bowery Capital, we focus a third of our efforts on vertical market software and the impact it is having on a select group of industries. In 2014, we put out a report called Opportunities In Vertical Software v1.0 and continue to be bullish on the growth of software solutions tailored for specific industries.

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