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Why Confidence is So Important in Fund Raising

I was recently with an entrepreneur and talking with him about his fund raising process. He was in a later-stage financing round and was talking with …

Venture Capital

It is time to kill the org chart

When the Financial Times was auctioning off lunch with journalists for its seasonal charity appeal a few years ago, someone had the bright idea of …

Management

Walt Disney could not have dreamt up a better princess than Meghan Markle

Heavens above! Beat that, brothers and sisters, as I suppose we embarrassed Anglicans must now learn to call ourselves. The wedding of Harry and Meghan had threatened to go awry all week – the Markle Debacle palace insiders were calling it - but fears and cynicism were vanquished today by a …

Walt Disney Company

How Many Investors Should You Talk to in a VC Fund Raise? And How Do You Prioritize?

This is part of a series of advice for founders who need to raise money from venture capitalists. The first in the series is “Lemons Ripen Early,” …

Venture Capital

Eventbrite: building a business through acquisitions

Julia Hartz knows that when you buy companies, you buy people. Founders must be kept, employees embraced and customers comforted.<p>So when her event …

Startups

Understanding the Herd Mentality of VCs and How not to Let it Psyche You Out

Whether you’re fund raising from angels, seed investors and VCs — as an industry we succumb to “herd mentality.” There are a few exceptions and …

Venture Capital

There are no Shortcuts: Why Showing up In Person is Everything

You had an amazing meeting with an investor. Your product demo crushed. The dialog was great. They told you how much they loved your space. The …

Business Development

Why is ignorance of science acceptable in polite company?

Stephen Hawking’s final research paper clarifies his idea of a “multiverse”. I think. Published posthumously this week, it explores whether the same …

Genius

What a Dog and a Monkey Taught Me About Management at Google

At all hands meetings on Tuesday afternoons, our 75 person AdSense Ops team reviewed the most important metrics for the business: top-two box …

The end is far from nigh for the Faangs era

What do you do if you are a corporate leader and US President Donald Trump is hell-bent on attacking your company?<p>If you’re Jeff Bezos, you talk …

James Comey and the ill-fated pursuit of truth

Here is a tale of a good man outplayed by a bad one. But it comes with a twist. The narrator cannot admit it was he who was outfoxed. The title of …

Carlo Rovelli on the meaning of time

Among the most striking discoveries of modern physics — if not the most striking — is that, in nature, time works differently from the familiar …

Stocks bear an unduly heavy burden of expectation

After years of covering quarterly earnings seasons, I am heartily sick of them. The expectations game, as companies talk down their prospects as the …

Ex-Autonomy finance chief faces arch-critic in US court

The former finance chief of the fallen tech star Autonomy has come face to face with one of the company’s fiercest City critics across a courtroom, as US prosecutors seek to jail him for his alleged role in a massive fraud against Hewlett-Packard.<p>Daud Khan, who as a technology ­analyst at the …

Where are We in the SaaS Valuation Cycle?

Recently, people have been asking just where are we in the SaaS valuation cycle. I last updated the chart above more than six months ago. The answer …

SaaS

Giving stock away to staff doesn't absolve share buybacks

Businesses turn to software robots for office work

Software robots have become one of the hottest fads in business automation, as a new wave of AI is poised to sweep through the back-office functions …

Euler's formula with introductory group theory

Analyzing Technology Predictions: 20 Years of Gartner Hype Cycles

For the last 20 years, the annual Gartner Hype Cycle has presented its picks for the most important technologies and trends of the year along with …

Social Knows: Employee Engagement Statistics (August 2011 Edition)

• 959views<p><i>In our “Social Knows” series, we sniff out and compile statistics and research regarding workplace / workforce management, human resources</i> …

Beware the trappings of liquidation preference

<b>A reader asks</b>:: I’m the co-founder and CEO of an e-commerce startup, and I’ve been meeting with different VC firms regarding an initial round of funding. I’ve started doing some reading on term sheets and the issues we will need to address and I’m a little confused with some of the VC terminology. …

20130620 Passion Capital Plain English Term Sheet.pdf

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How internet giants damage the economy and society

In the first part of our Free Lunch series on the economic challenges of Big Tech on Monday, we listed a number of “market failures” — reasons why …

Corporate governance – Caveat emptor.

Reply to this post <b>HKSE sells out investors.</b> • In a bid not to repeat the ignominious loss of the Alibaba IPO to NYSE, the Hong Kong Stock Exchange is …

Investing

Henry Stewart on LinkedIn: “What do you do to…

What do you do to encourage feedback in your organisation? We know that we all need good feedback to grow and develop. We can probably all think of a …

LinkedIn

Five Fifty: Rudeness on the rise

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What makes a CEO ‘exceptional’?

We assessed the early moves of CEOs with outstanding track records; some valuable lessons for leadership transitions emerged.<p><b>New CEOs face</b> enormous …

VCs and our quest to invest in “home runs”

This chart (taken from a recent post by First Republic’s Samir Kaji, data from leading venture investor Horseley Bridge) shows that to get the 3-5x …

Venture Capital

Effective Professional Development

Aptimore grew out of our background in face-to-face assessment and development. During thousands of assessments and feedback sessions, we’ve given …

Diligence 101 for Seed Stage Startups

<i>Micah Rosenbloom</i><i>, Partner</i><p>For some entrepreneurs, raising capital is effortless. When you see a company raise tens of millions of dollars, series …