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July 14 2010
by Scott Johnson

The Six Step Venture Capital Investment Process

Every venture firm has pretty much the same six step process. It is not hard to understand, and every firm puts their own spin on it. But you can pretty much count on these six steps occurring in sequence before you will see any cash in your bank account.

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June 11 2010
by Todd Hixon

The View From The Dark Side #2: Participating Preferred

Entrepreneurs often dislike participating preferred stock.  It can be a contentious term at investment time, and I often sense resentment at exit time when investors “get $XX million off the top”. “Participating preferred” refers to convertible preferred stock with a special liquidation right: preferred stock holders receive return of their investment, and then they share […]

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June 11 2010
by Scott Johnson

Arrogant Companies

If there is one thing that success inexorably leads to in a company culture, it is arrogance.  Arrogance in turn leads to complacency, blindness to threats and a loss of touch with reality.  Further, it motivates your competitors to join forces against you.  I believe arrogance is a big part of why it is so […]

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May 26 2010
by Scott Johnson

Brand Advertisers: Not Stupid At All

On the face of it, when you look at old vs new media ad spend, the big dollars go to the old media while the bulk of the time and attention goes to new media. “The advertisers must be crazy or stupid or both” is the quick, logical conclusion to this paradox. Not true!

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May 18 2010
by Geoff Mamlet

All You Need Are Jobs, Jobs, Jobs Are All You Need

All you need are jobs, all you need are jobs, All you need are jobs, jobs, jobs are all you need. My apologies to the Beatles, but the tune that the Congress is singing in Washington these days is really off. With the official unemployment rate verging on 10%, you would think that Congress would […]

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April 1 2010
by John Backus

Virginia to Entrepreneurs: Start Your Business Here – And Pay No Capital Gains Tax!

Capital Gains taxes on high-tech entrepreneurial startups are going away in Virginia – at least for three years.  Founders, Angel Investors, Venture Capital Fund Investors, Corporate Investors to benefit. On Tuesday, March 30th, newly elected Republican Governor Bob McDonnell signed into law House Bill 523 (Senate Bill 428), which provides a 100% capital gains tax […]

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March 17 2010
by Todd Hixon

Teeth versus Tail

In one of his radio chats, Governor Patrick of Massachusetts talked about increasing the number of government jobs in the Commonwealth as a means to increase employment.  “After all [he remarked], government jobs are just as good a private sector jobs”.  That troubled me, and here’s why. Gov. Patrick’s point, I infer, is that a […]

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February 25 2010
by John Backus

VC Tips for Entrepreneurs: How to manage the VC on your Board

Venture Capitalists love giving advice to startup entrepreneurs.  We especially love doing it while in the boardroom, before, during, and after that 40-slide powerpoint presentation that you and your management team spent a week preparing.  With a VC on your board of directors, you never know if you are going to get The Good, The […]

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February 25 2010
by John Backus

VC Tips for Entrepreneurs: Thoughts About Raising Money

Most entrepreneurs raise money to help their businesses get off the ground.  Whether from angels or venture capitalists, I see most entrepreneurs making the same mistake.  They raise money when they “have to.”  There is a better way.  With some advance planning, you can raise money, easier, at certain moments in time.  Take advantage of […]

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January 11 2010
by Scott Johnson

Follow-on Capital

I see seed stage investing happening all around me.  Angels appear to me to be very active as individuals although I have nothing but anecdotal data to support that.  Dedicated funds doing seed investing are gaining traction with LPs who want their piece of the next super-deal.  We at NAV do the occasional seed deal, […]

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