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Sarah Guo breaks through at Greylock, becoming one of the first female general partners in the firm’s 53-year history

Sarah Guo didn’t necessarily set out to become a venture capitalist. She certainly didn’t imagine she would become one of the first female general partners at one of the oldest venture firms in the country. Yet Guo is both of these things today. Indeed, the venture firm Greylock Partners, which Guo …

Venture Capital

FDA clears AliveCor’s Kardiaband as the first medical device accessory for the Apple Watch

The Food and Drug Administration has just cleared AliveCor’s Kardiaband EKG reader as the first medical device accessory for the Apple Watch.<p>Europe has been able to use a version of the Kardiaband for Apple Watch for some time now but, thanks to the new FDA approval, the device can now be used in …

Women-led startup turns domestic abuse survivors into entrepreneurs

A month ago Christine and her children were living in a shelter for survivors of domestic violence.<p>Now she lives in her own apartment and runs a business selling aromatherapy products on the side while working as an admin assistant.<p>She credits that transition to a not-for-profit called FreeFrom, …

Sociology

Seeing Through The Hangover “Fog” From 2014-2015

<i>Earlier this week (on Monday the 11th), I wrote the following note to every CEO/founder I’ve invested in. I didn’t intend to write to write for it</i> …

Venture Capital

Social Capital to help startups go public without an IPO

Silicon Valley venture firm Social Capital plans to help startups go public without the dreaded IPO process. And it’s something different from what Spotify is doing.<p>Social Capital is creating a shell company known as a “SPAC” that exists solely to merge with a startup. These types of transactions …

Some startup founders are ‘nervous’ about dealing with Benchmark after it sued Uber

Benchmark’s lawsuit Thursday shook the community.<p>Gabriel Puliatti is an up-and-coming company CEO who, at some point in his career, will need to raise money from investors.<p>Don’t count on Benchmark Capital being one of them.<p>After Benchmark filed an unprecedented lawsuit against Uber’s former CEO on …

Silicon Valley

Vertical farming startup raises $200M from Alphabet, Jeff Bezos

Indoor vertical farming is on the rise, if a recent funding round for San Francisco startup Plenty is any indication. The company just scored what …

How An Ugly Cofounder Divorce Taught Max Levchin to Trust His Own Instincts | Inc.com

I didn't always accept that about myself--which, when I was younger, was something that resulted in a very unpleasant founder divorce. There was some money involved, and it basically destroyed a relationship with someone who was maybe a very fine human being.<p>There was just enough of a personality …

Max Levchin

The meeting that showed me the truth about VCs

Tomer Dean Contributor<p>Tomer Dean is a serial tech entrepreneur currently based in Tel Aviv. He is co-founder and CEO of Bllush.<p>I recently had a meeting with a well-known Israeli startup investor. The talk somehow pivoted from my seed-seeking startup into talking about the macro view of venture …

Venture Capital

Exclusive: Google launches AI investment platform

41446a55-989e-4b55-9051-7100c8da01c9<p>Exclusive: Google launches AI investment …

Republicans

Entertainment & Technology In-House Counsel Salon - Splash

<b>Cecily Mak (moderator)</b><p>Cecily Mak is the General Counsel and Chief Revenue Officer at Flipboard, Inc. She is responsible for all of the company’s …

Intellectual Property

Entrepreneurs: This May Be The Second Most Important Document In Your Acquisition

When was the last time you signed an employment agreement?<p>If you’re an entrepreneur, chances are that it has been a while. However, when you sell your business, you’ll likely have to consider the employment terms you are prepared to agree to with the acquirer of your company.<p>You may not want a job …

Employment

A VC Explains Why It Takes So Long for Startups to Raise Money

<i>This article is part of Tools of the Trade, a weekly series in which a variety of experts share actionable tips for achieving fast and effective</i> …

Why You Always Need A 'Ride Or Die' Investor And Other Top Advice On Getting Funded

<i>This post is part of a series, “The One Thing,” where I ask today’s successful leaders to identify the single most important lesson they’ve learned on a given topic.</i><p>For aspiring founders, the art and science of getting funded and raising capital is no small feat. With an ever-increasing number of …

Startups

How to Shut Down a Startup in 36 Hours

Recently, we’ve shut down our startup. In my previous post, “<i>My cofounder said “I love what we’re doing” and we shut down our startup</i><i>”,</i> I detailed …

Benchmark’s Andy Rachleff on what separates a good board from a great board

Harry Stebbings Contributor<p>Harry Stebbings is the founder and host of The Twenty Minute VC , an independent podcast focused on venture capital.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>The four key responsibilities of a good board member<br>• Is thematic investing the future of venture capital?<p>“Being a CEO can make …

Why Silicon Valley's Music Startups Have Such a Dismal Success Rate

If your business model depends on the kindness of strangers and special deals, go back to the drawing board.<p>Making music pay can be a tricky thing. Beats Electronics pulled it off, first by getting high-profile celebrities to use the products and then rolling out a streaming service. (Ultimately, …

On the Road to Recap:

Why the Unicorn Financing Market Just Became Dangerous…For All InvolvedIn February of last year, Fortune magazine writers Erin Griffith and Dan …

Venture Capital

Cruise's $1 billion exit is now in doubt after a founder files legal claim

It's a scenario all too common in Silicon Valley: A startup gets a big exit, then people who were involved in the early days pop up to demand what they believe is their fair share.<p>Startup Cruise made waves at the beginning of March when General Motors acquired the autonomous driving tech company …

38 Startup Pitch Decks From Companies That Changed The World

To celebrate the launch of my book The Art of Startup Fundraising, I thought it would be interesting to put together a blog post with a good amount …

Startups

How easy access VC funding has softened the startup world

The last decade has seen a period of extremely high venture capital activity, with a record peak of investment reached in 2015. This period of high VC investments has led to many amazing new products and companies, but it also has sparked a “Hollywood” era of high spending for early-stage companies.<p>…

Startups

How and why to pitch angel groups

Not every great business is VC backable. But every business needs capital to grow. If you’re launching a great business, but you don’t plan on being a unicorn, keep reading.<p>“Will it return the fund?” These can be discouraging words for a founder with a solid business, one that is solving a real …

Venture Capital

Understanding How Dilution Affects You at a Startup

This post originally appeared on TechCrunch. Dilution. Or as industry insiders call it, “taking a haircut.”<p>Everybody knows that when you raise money …

How to Choose the Best Lawyer for Your Startup

April 25, 2018<p>Conscious Leadership has been a game-changer for our partnership and our investing. For this Fund81 podcast interview, I invited my …

Venture Capital

The Definitive Guide to Startup Valuation

February 6, 2018<p>Gaining an understanding of venture fund legal terms can be a bit like learning a foreign language. In this episode, my guest, Mark …

How Palantir Uses Big Data to Find Missing Kids

Palantir Technologies, the data analytics company profiled in the current issue of <i>Fortune</i>, isn’t unique in its efforts to turn its software toward …

Bright eyes and the ability to learn: Angel investors reveal what traits they look for in startup founders

A panel of four Seattle angel investors gathered last week to discuss what characteristics they look for in startup founders — the special sauce that …

Equity Compensation — Top 10 vs. Bottom 10 Silicon Valley Companies

Patrick Harrington, Ph.D. — Co Founder and Chief Data Scientist,<b>Paysa</b><p>Figure 1.Top 10, Bottom 10. <br>Percent Above Average Size of Equity Grant by …

6 Strategies to Master the Mental Demands of Startup Life

It's about improving your strengths -- not harping on your weaknesses.<p><i>Andrew Thomas is the co-founder of SkyBell Video Doorbell, a smart home security company that is making homes and neighborhoods safer with a video doorbell that lets users answer their door from a smartphone. SkyBell has raised</i> …

New law changes the liquidity game for tech company founders, workers and investors

Josh Maher Contributor<p>Josh Maher is the president of Seattle Angel, author of Startup Wealth: How the Best Angel Investors Make Money in Startups, and an angel investor.<p>Joe Wallin Contributor<p>Joe Wallin is a startup and emerging company lawyer in Seattle.<p>John A. Myer Contributor<p>John A. Myer is a …

Finance