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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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Free Copy of Dell’s Trade Secrets eBook “First Impressions” – Citing Me!

Go here to obtain your free copy of Dell’s Trade Secrets eBook, the first issue of which is all about making “First Impressions”.  Dell put this together to help small business owners share advice in a short form format.  You can check out my own personal advice on Page 5. Chris McDemus is founder of [...]

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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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FashInvest Capital Conference 2010 – A Must Attend Event!

For those of you interested in the intersection of fashion and venture finance, you need to register and attend the 1st Annual FashInvest Conference on December 14th and 15th.  Go here to register.  It features 15+ of the best emerging growth companies in branded goods, fashion, retail and technologies supporting these areas.  It will also feature: [...]

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Weighing In On The Debate Over Standardized Financing Documents

The topic of standardized angel or venture financing documents is is an old topic, for sure.  Most recently, Brad Feld weighed in on this issue back in March 2010 by valiantly offering to take on the task of drafting standardized financing documents, but following a post by his partner Jason Mendelson (along with probably millions of emails [...]

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Switch – A Must Attend Event!

On October 6, 2010, my friends at TechnicallyPhilly will be hosting their first ever Switch event.  Five Philly companies will each give 7 minute demos to investors, the technology community and others, followed by a social event within walking distance.  This is an exciting new format – so exciting I decided to sponsor the event. [...]

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Zecozi – In the News And Soon To Be In Your Favorites List

My client, Zecozi, Inc., was recently highlighted in an online article that discusses 5 ways to shop online.  Zecozi is focused on building an online marketplace of sustainable goods with a focus on transparency – both as to the origins of the product as well as the seller.  As if helping sustainability isn’t enough, Zecozi is helping [...]

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Apparently, Early Stage Investors Aren’t Endangered – Quite The Contrary!

You may recall my earlier post from a few weeks ago entitled “Are True Early Stage Investors An Endangered Species?“  After laying down some background, I took the position that super-angel funds and incubators/accelerators (e.g., Y Combinator, TechStars, DreamIt), had the best chance of solving the early stage funding gap and that capital efficiencies and [...]

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