How to Bubble-Proof Your Venture

Guest Post by Dror Futter, Partner, Rimon, P.C.

The venture community is buzzing with talk about bubbles.  Even if we are not on the verge of a 2000-style collapse, multiple signs of contraction in the venture space make it clear that entrepreneurs need to start planning their response.  Based on past downturns, it is impossible to overstate the importance of having cash in the bank and a flexible cost structure to weather the storm.

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Negotiating a Series A Round

Joseph W. Bartlett

Herewith a Case Study of a transaction involving a Series A round of investment in Newco, Inc., a hip, emerging growth “gazelle” as David Birch liked to call U.S. companies running hard on the trip, as I put it, “from the embryo to the IPO.”

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What Not To Say in a Business Plan

Guest post by Barry Moltz, Entrepreneur and Consultant

Sometimes I find that the company’s founder is so far ‘outside the box’ that they ‘stretch the envelope.’ As an angel investor, I review more than 500 business plans each year. Unfortunately, many are so riddled with economy lingo, business jargon and clichés, that they do not communicate any real business value. In my opinion, terminology, such as disintermediation, sweet spot, ASP, best of breed, and win-win should be outlawed for the next 100 years.

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7 Tips for Start-Ups

Joseph W. Bartlett

Entrepreneurs waste a lot of time soliciting professionally managed venture funds. Venture capitalists operate according to their own largely unwritten rules. In order to play the funding game, you must learn these rules. Below, I’ve listed some of the most-common mistakes. They won’t tell you everything you’ll need to know, but these simple rules should help you understand the VC process and avoid an enormous waste of time, energy, and opportunity.

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