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May 10 2013
by Todd Hixon

In California, They’re Roasting Goose For Christmas This Year

This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on 11/29/2012. More specifically, as befits the “Golden State”, they’re roasting the golden goose. Simpleton Finds The Golden Goose*; Source: Project Gutenburg via Wikipedia   On November 6 California passed Proposition 30, which raises tax rates to increase funding for education. California education does need funding to reverse years […]

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May 3 2013
by Todd Hixon

It’s Easier To Start A Venture Than Finish It

This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon We’ve seen a boom in U.S. angel funding of new ventures in recent years. A study performed by the University of New Hampshire Center for Venture Research (more) estimates that angels funded 66,000 companies with $22 billion (an average of  $330k per company) in 2011. That’s up from 38,000 angel investments […]

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April 30 2013
by Scott Johnson

Redefining Series A (and college education)

In the good old days, aka the mid ’90s, the venture world was quite orderly.  Angel rounds were under $500K.  Series A rounds were $3-$5 million for companies just getting their first customers, and “B rounds” happened 18 months later at $5-$15 million to scale up.  Which firms did which type of investment was well […]

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April 5 2013
by Scott Johnson

5 Habits of Great Startup CEOs

Being CEO of a startup is quite similar to being the parent of a newborn.  The neighbors see a clean cooing newborn with smiling proud parents.  But we all know what goes on inside the house.  Sleepless nights, stress, no time to attend to other relationships.  You are a slave to the new creature.  It […]

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March 4 2013
by Todd Hixon

Clear Talk About The Budget

This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon The other day I had my first budget discussion with the CEO of a new portfolio company. It went well: our views aligned. That conversation underscored the value of the right framework for discussing the budget, and of laying out the framework at the start. Here’s how I think about […]

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December 3 2012
by Todd Hixon

Venture Capital Bounces Back

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon] Venture capital has been getting a lot of support from politicians and the press recently, notably the passage of the JOBS (“Jump-start Our Business Start-ups”) Act. A key provision, much mentioned by President Obama, lets Joe Ordinary become a venture capital investor via legalization of Crowd Funding (more). Active Venture Funds & […]

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July 26 2012
by Todd Hixon

Is CrowdFunding A Boon, Or A Disaster?

The JOBS act is good news for entrepreneurs and venture investors in several ways. An easier the path to public markets for start-ups is a huge strategic win, as the venture community’s biggest problem has been a shortfall in exit proceeds. Kudos to those in Congress, NVCA, and the venture community who made this happen. […]

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April 24 2012
by Scott Johnson

Yes, You Really Need That Revenue Ramp Slide

I advise entrepreneurs all the time about their pitch decks, and one of the more common complaints I hear is “if we all know that it is complete BS, why do investors insist we show a revenue ramp slide with a $50 million top line in four years?”  And I admit, on the surface, it […]

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April 12 2012
by Scott Johnson

On Selling Your Company

The most important financial decision you will ever make as an entrepreneur is when to sell your company.  What amount of money to raise at what price from whom pales in comparison.  For venture capital firms, picking companies that will grow fast is much easier than deciding when to sell them.  Misjudging exit timing can […]

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March 9 2012
by Thanasis Delistathis

Takeaways from Jobs’ biography

I recently finished reading Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs.  It was a fascinating retrospective of Jobs the business person, but also Steve Jobs the individual.  I already knew a lot about his role in starting Apple and eventually saving the company, but very few things about his personal life and character. Visionaries that drive […]

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