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Collective Posts: There’s a Ton of Great Content Out There Right Now

I don’t know if it’s the summer, or if there is something in the water, but lately there has been a ton of great content posted.  Whether it’s thought leader material, or whether it’s hard to find data on VC rounds or seed financings, people are really cranking out a huge amount of material.  Here’s […]

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Race Report: 2015 Ironman 70.3 Eagleman (a/k/a the “Convection Oven”)

After a few years of doing Sprint and Olympic distance triathlons, I decided 2015 was the year to take my first crack at the half-Ironman distance of 70.3 (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run). I chose the Ironman 70.3 Eagleman as my race.  This is my race report and review of […]

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The One Piece of Advice I Give All Startups

If there is one consistent theme that I have seen across all startup and emerging growth companies, it’s the complete disarray found in retaining, managing and storing key company documents.  This isn’t a virus that affects only certain companies, or only young companies for that matter.  I’ve seen this piranha of a problem at every […]

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Empathy: An Invaluable Asset in Startups

It’s interesting to me that so many blog posts, books and other media nowadays focus on the hard skills (e.g., selling, coding, etc.) required to build a company, or to otherwise scale a successful startup.  Most companies today have figured out how to hire for hard skills.  Hard skills are readily ascertainable, verifiable by former […]

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Lawyers and Blacklines: A Framework

If you’ve raised money, borrowed venture debt, made a sale to a customer or sold your company – or, for that matter, negotiated any agreement whatsoever with a third party – then you’ve already encountered the proverbial “blackline”.  This term refers to an agreement format that reveals (or highlights) modifications to an earlier version (see […]

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A Return to Blogging, After More Than Two Crazy Years

What did LL Cool J say?  “Don’t call it a comeback, I’ve been here for years . . . .”  Well, something like that.  It’s been over two years since I’ve blogged.  I really can’t believe it’s been that long.  It honestly feels like yesterday. What’s happened since then?  First, I updated the VCDL site.  […]

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Why Start-Up Entrepreneurs Never Hit Their Numbers, and What They Can Do About It

[guest post] By Frederick J. Beste, III There is a dichotomy in the world of entrepreneurship which is almost beyond belief: Every start-up entrepreneur believes that he is going to exceed his projections, yet None of them even reach them. I know, I know, one should be very careful in using absolutes like “every” and […]

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SEC Gives VC and Smaller Private Fund Managers Limited Relief from Investment Adviser Registration

[Guest Post] By Keith S. Marlowe, Esq. Background Investment managers of private funds (“Private Fund Managers”) such as venture capital, private equity, real estate and hedge funds (i.e., funds not registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “Act”)) have been greatly concerned about the regulations in the Dodd-Frank Act requiring such […]

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Does Crowdfunding Work for Early Stage Growth Companies?

I guess crowdsourced funding or “crowdfunding” – as it seems to be known – has reached mainstream now that The Wall Street Journal (article), Knowledge@Wharton (article), TechCrunch (article) and The Economist (article) have all written articles on the topic.  The earliest article I found regarding crowdfunding was a Times article from 2008, so the concept […]

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Simplifying the Law: Could It Be That Simple?

It’s been a long time since I put up a post – chalk it up to a couple of very busy weeks.  I tried to shut off all electronics over the holidays and take a much needed mental hiatus.  I am now ready to get back to posting. As you know, my blog is about venture capital, […]

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