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Term Sheet Demystified

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Ryan Janssen
Oxford Valuation Partners
Ryan Janssen Ryan Janssen Guest Contributor

Term Sheet Demystified

May 17, 2017

This article is co-authored by Ryan Janssen + Sanjay Gandhi.
Ah, the term sheet. That idol of venture capital that drives much of the engine of growth. There’s a huge information imbalance at play here – investors and advisors have seen thousands of them and know how to work the terms to their advantage, and first-time fundraisers have no experience in this area.

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Top Tier Capital Partners Top Tier Capital Partners Guest Contributor

The 80/20 Rule In Venture

May 17, 2017

This blog post was originally published here on May 2, 2017.
The Pareto principle states that when thinking of cause and effect, 80% of the effect is driven by 20% of the cause. In our industry, this can be translated to 80% of the returns are driven by 20% of the funds or companies.

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Scott Orn Scott Orn Guest Contributor

Founders + Friends Podcast | Startup Banking Toolkit

May 17, 2017

Laurie Lumenti Garty of Square 1 Bank joins Kruze Consulting’s Founders & Friends Podcast to explain the services that every startup should receive from its bank. Laurie walks through Cash Management, Venture Debt and other financial services that are helpful to startups.

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Andrew Oddo Andrew Oddo Guest Contributor

5 Keys to Creating Your Early Product Pitch + Story

May 4, 2017

This article was originally posted on Bowery Capital’s website on April 6, 2017.
Wait, what? We’re weeks away from the start of Silicon Valley Season 4, and I have a confession to make: I still have no idea what Hooli does. While Gavin’s intentions here sound good (kind of), I’m not particularly inspired by “minimal message oriented layers,” and I don’t know what problem they’re trying to solve, and for whom.

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Jeffrey Bussgang Jeffrey Bussgang Guest Contributor

How To Raise Your First Round of Capital

May 4, 2017

This article was originally published here on February 22, 2017.
Slides and advice from a recent presentation to a Harvard Business School class on how to raise your first round of capital, from a former entrepreneur turned VC who has written a fair amount about fundraising.

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Michael Lilly Michael Lilly Guest Contributor

Exploring the Finer Details of Regulation CF Crowdfunding

May 4, 2017

Early Growth Financial Services is fortunate to have many great clients with diverse business models and capitalization structures. We help many of these clients prepare for equity rounds of financing, so naturally we were excited when the JOBS act passed in 2012 and allowed for equity crowdfunding.

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Sanjay Gandhi Sanjay Gandhi Guest Contributor

Three Steps to Sustainable Competitive Advantage – Part 3

April 20, 2017

This article is co-authored with Ryan Janssen – tech investor & entrepreneur.
In the first and second installment, we discussed how to navigate thinking long-term when planning and pitching your business and how to identify your unfair advantage. Here in the third and final installment, we examine how to build your SCA.

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Hans Swildens Hans Swildens Guest Contributor

A Graceful Exit – Managing Shareholder + Limited Partner Liquidity

April 20, 2017

This article is co-authored by Hans Swildens and Ira Simkhovitch.
“There’s a trick to the ‘graceful exit,’” Washington Post columnist Ellen Goodman once said. “It begins with the vision to recognize when a job, a life stage, or a relationship is over – and let it go.”

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Jeffrey Bussgang Jeffrey Bussgang Guest Contributor

Advice to Grads: Join A Winning Startup (v. 2017)

April 20, 2017

This article was originally published here on April 4, 2017.
It’s that time of year again! Graduating students hungry to dive into the startup community (aka StartupLand) are eager to start their careers but struggle to select the right, specific opportunity.

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Top Tier Capital Partners Top Tier Capital Partners Guest Contributor

My Fund Is Old Enough To Drive…

April 5, 2017

This article was originally published by Top Tier Capital Partners here on March 30, 2017.
After talking to CEOs, LPs and consultants during several recent annual meetings, it has become clear that liquidity is the hot topic.

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