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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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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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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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Technically Philly: Friday Q&A – Gil Beyda of Genacast Ventures

Editor’s Note:  This post originally ran on Technically Philly and is re-purposed here with permission. Gil Beyda, originally from Los Angeles, has Dave Morgan to thank for bringing him to Philadelphia.  When Beyda and Morgan founded Real Media in 1995, they chose to locate the online ad serving company in Fort Washington because of the […]

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VC Deal Lawyer Blog – First Anniversary!!

Yes, it is the First Anniversary of the VC Deal Lawyer blog!  One year ago, I posted my first article on this site.  Prior to that I invested probably close to 35 or 40 mistake/error filled hours trying to learn wordpress.org (the customizable version), how to self-host, FTP’ing pictures, customizing CSS/php, posting articles, etc.  In […]

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Dodd-Frank Bill Signed by Obama: Aspects of Individual Accredited Investor Tests Altered

On July 15, 2010, the U.S. Senate passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Act“).  On July 21st, President Obama signed this legislation into law.  As you may recall from my previous post on this issue, much concern surrounded this Act because of the proposed changes to the “accredited investor” qualifiers […]

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Delivering Real Value with Social Media

I recently attended the Early Stage East venture conference.  Amongst all of the great presenting companies, ESE had a few panels on a variety of topics.  I had the chance to sit in and listen to the Emerging Media Technologies panel discussion.  On the panel were: Matt Goddard of R2Integrated; Jeff Pulver of 140Conf; Steven Rosenbaum of Magnify.net; […]

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Are True Early Stage Investors an Endangered Species?

I think we can all agree that early stage investing has changed significantly over the past 10 years and I don’t see it reversing any time soon.  And by “changed significantly” I mean it is increasingly difficult to raise the $100K – $2M necessary to move from the pre-seed stage (where you likely raised $10-$100K from friends and […]

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Technically Philly: How DormNoise Founder Jay Rodrigues Raised $500,000 From His Dorm Room

Editor’s Note:  This post originally ran on Technically Philly and is re-purposed here with permission. Two years ago, DormNoise Founder and CEO Jay Rodrigues was fed up with Facebook before it was the cool thing to do.   As the Rhode Island-native was graduating high school and transitioning to life as a student at Wharton, he saw all […]

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Senators Try to Take Bulldozer to Early Stage Financing Landscape

As many of you know by now, Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT), Chair of the Senate Banking Committee, introduced the following bill on April 15, 2010 – “Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010.”  This bill is currently being debated on the Senate floor.  The primary purpose of the bill, and the greater bulk of its 1,410 pages, is devoted to […]

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