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Fixing the problem of startups and their inherent power law

An open letter to Paul Graham, Sam Altman, David Cohen & Dave McClure The saying “go big or go home” (or “go big or GTFO”) could very well have been invented in San Francisco — the city with the highest concentration of startups anywhere in the world. In this business you either become a billionaire or like […]

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What tech investors look for – 6 great VC’s in the hot seat!

Figuring out exactly what early stage VC’s are looking for should be obvious right? Like every other investor they are looking for a good return on their investment. Only problem with startups is just that they don’t have the usual data needed to assess wether or not this is the case. Since there is a […]

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What makes a great tech investor

Way too often entrepreneurs rank potential investors by only one factor; expected willingness to invest. A willingness to invest is essential but there are other factors to consider before taking someone’s money, and here are six: 1. Entrepreneurial experience. I believe the most important thing to look for in an investor is whether or not […]

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Pitching early stage investors

Pitching investors is an art form that takes almost endless practice to get really good at. Here is a list of 7 things that will help you improve your pitch and hopefully get that cheque: 1. Use storytelling. Have you ever tried pitching holiday plans to your friends? Instead of telling them straight away about your idea for a destination, […]

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7 tips for first time entrepreneurs

#1 – Join a startup first, then start your own. If you have never done a startup go join one first – then learn as much as you can! Cut your teeth in the startup world by working with great entrepreneurs that you can learn from. Once you work your tail off and learn all you […]

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My fundraising career

I have raised capital 8 times for three different startups in three very different environments. The three companies all had very different business models and all were at different stages in the startup lifecycle. In addition the types of investors for each could not have been more different. During each fundraise I naturally brought to each […]

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The aim of the blog

Entrepreneurs face myriad challenges, from formulating a winning business model to getting the right talent on board. However, while building startups I came to realize that of all the challenges faced by technopreneurs fundraising can be the most daunting. Why? Because fundraising has a life of it’s own. Identifying and soliciting investors or other sources […]

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