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How to Improve Your Odds of Getting to Yes with a VC — “Land and Expand”

If you’ve read any of my ongoing series on fund raising from venture capitalist (episode 1 — controlling your psychology) you no doubt have heard me …

Venture Capital

Don’t tell a story your audience doesn’t want to hear.

Always be guided by the needs of your audience – it takes a very proficient story-teller indeed to win over an audience with a story they don’t want …

Storytelling

The mountain pass, the berries and the princess

When did the first founder do their first pitch? My guess is: earlier than you think. If we can define a family or a tribe of early humans as a …

Storytelling

I Know Everybody Told You to Send Your Fund-Raising Decks as a Link.

I Know Everybody Told You to Send Your Fund-Raising Decks as a Link. Here’s Why You Should Just Send the DeckI know you have your document sending …

Fundraising

What’s the FIRST thing you need to do before fund raising? — “Measure Twice, Cut Once”

There is an old management saying, “measure twice, cut once” which refers to the benefit of doing some planning. It’s the antithesis of “ready, fire, …

Venture Capital

Ideas Never Sleep

Struggling to figure out how to pitch your product, service, or business model? NYU Stern’s Professor Luke Williams takes us through a tried and true …

Process and Leverage in Fundraising

In any negotiation, leverage is the pressure that you can bring to bear on the other party to achieve your goals. While leverage is never the only …

Need Funding for Your Startup? Here’s What VCs Want to See | Stanford eCorner

Matt Schwartz is helping grocery stores be more precise about how they order and stock food. His startup, Afresh Technologies, uses artificial …

The Pitch Deck Template

A pitch deck must be both complete & short. Your goal is to turn complicated things into simple messages.<p>In order to do so, your pitch deck should …

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Advice on pitching

We're currently getting ready for demo day at YC, which means quite a lot of pitch practice. Here are the main points of feedback we tend to give to …

YC’s Essential Startup Advice

A lot of the advice we give startups is tactical; meant to be helpful on a day to day or week to week basis. But some advice is more fundamental. …

Jessica Livingston's Pretty Complete List on How Not to Fail

“Grabbing coffee” with investors<p>Talking with potential acquirers<p>Networking<p>Recruiting boards of advisors<p>Doing a “partnership,” thinking it will get …

A Guide to Seed Fundraising

Introduction<p>Startup companies need to purchase equipment, rent offices, and hire staff. More importantly, they need to grow. In almost every case …

The YC Seed Deck Template

Demo Day for our Winter 2018 batch is a week from today. We’re largely focused on preparing companies for their on-stage presentations, but are also …

How to Design a Better Pitch Deck

<i>The following is an adaption of a presentation I give to YC startups before we have them create their presentation slide decks for Demo Day.</i><p><b>Here’s</b> …

The secret to delivering a great seed startup pitch

One of the most common questions I get is how to craft a a compelling seed startup pitch. At the seed stage the company is still an infant— perhaps …

Skoll | Meet the 2018 Skoll Awardees for Social Entrepreneurship

As we prepare to head to Oxford for the 15th Annual Skoll World Forum, we are delighted to introduce you to our 2018 Skoll Awardees for Social …

Tech Nonprofit Diversity and Funding - The First State of the Sector Report

Tech nonprofit diversity is the ray of light in the dark and seemingly endless conversations around diversity – or the lack thereof – in the tech …

Our Investment in Callisto

As has been reported and documented, sexual coercion, harassment, and assault have unfortunately become the experience of many women and women …

The Disturbing Secret Behind An Iconic Cartoon

Robyn Byrd and Katie Rice were teenage Ren & Stimpy fans who wanted to make cartoons. They say they were preyed upon by the creator of the show, John Kricfalusi, who admitted to having had a 16-year-old girlfriend when approached by BuzzFeed News.<p><b>Robyn Byrd thought</b> her plan was working when the …

VC Stereotypes About Men and Women Aren’t Supported by Performance Data

Male entrepreneurs are the beneficiaries of the overwhelming majority of venture capital investments. But are their ideas really better investment opportunities for VCs than those pitched by women?<p>According to our research, the answer is “not necessarily.” In a two-part study, we observed that …

Former Tronc Chairman and Investor Michael Ferro Accused of Inappropriate Advances by Two Women

Kathryn Minshew finally felt like a weight had lifted. It was September of 2013, and after months of back-and-forth, Michael Ferro, then-chairman of …

What Ever Happened To Brendan Fraser?

GQ’s Zach Baron reports on the stupendous rise and surprising disappearance of the once ubiquitous movie star.<p><b>Brendan Fraser</b> wants me to meet his horse. “I got this horse because it's a big horse,” he says, standing in a barn in Bedford, New York. He removes a green bandanna from his pocket and …

Danny Boyle

Former Prabal Gurung employee tells a different kind of #MeToo story - Vox

A former employee at “woke” fashion label Prabal Gurung says she was criticized for her appearance during pregnancy — and let go weeks after her daughter’s birth.<p>Melissa Teitel thought she was bringing a healthy snack for her team.<p>It was a long day of work looking at samples for the new collection, …

Feminism

A 19-year-old who quit school to work at a $250 million startup says she was fired after complaining about 'objectification, marginalization, and harassment'

Last August, 19-year-old Perry Coneybeer faced a tough choice — go back to Northeastern University for her sophomore year or accept a full-time job with Ripcord, the San Francisco Bay Area startup where she had just completed a summer internship.<p>Though concerned about leaving school, she decided to …

This Is Why Uma Thurman Is Angry

Yes, Uma Thurman is mad.<p>She has been raped. She has been sexually assaulted. She has been mangled in hot steel. She has been betrayed and gaslighted by those she trusted.<p>And we’re not talking about her role as the blood-spattered bride in “Kill Bill.” We’re talking about a world that is just as …

How Investors Like Melinda Gates Are Helping These VCs Tackle Tech’s Bro Problem

It could be just another monthly partner meeting at just another “Fill in the Blank” Capital, typical Silicon Valley–based venture firm. The fund’s …

BlackRock’s Message: Contribute to Society, or Risk Losing Our Support

On Tuesday, the chief executives of the world’s largest public companies will be receiving a letter from one of the most influential investors in the world. And what it says is likely to cause a firestorm in the corner offices of companies everywhere and a debate over social responsibility that …

Yale School of Management

Eliza Dushku

When I was 12 years old, while filming “True Lies”, I was sexually molested by Joel Kramer, one of Hollywood’s leading stunt coordinators.<p>Ever since, …