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Option Plan Guidelines
4/27/2007
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This resource provides a detailed overview of option pool management from the entrepreneur's perspective.

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Opportunity Meets Preparation
Gold Terry
11/16/2005
Article Resource
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For Terry Gold, preparing for pitching angels is more about demonstrating how your good idea is going to result in a great business than it is about developing documents and presentations.

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Next-Gen Innovators
6/8/2007
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Have venture capitalists overlooked innovation in industries such as nanotech, biotech, medical devices, and semiconductors? A new generation of entrepreneur-innovators is succeeding in such arenas-with promises of more to come. VCs are beginning to take notice. The article offers an overview of industries and products with explanations by entrepreneurs.

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Negotiating Venture-Capital Transactions
Sherman Andrew J
6/18/2001
Article Resource
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Venture capital firms consider key variables in your business plan before committing capital to the project. Prepare your management team to answer the questions discussed here. This article also explains the securities and documents that result from venture capital negotiations.

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Microsoft Ventures: The Original Startup Goes Back To Its Roots
Nathan Kurtz
2/14/2014
Blog Resource
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Rahul Sood, General Manager of Microsoft Ventures, is changing how we help startups accelerate. Targeting markets across the globe, Microsoft Ventures is bringing entrepreneurial mentoring, backed by Microsoft's products and support, to give their accelerator companies an unfair advantage in the market.

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Methods of Company Valuation
Sherman Andrew J
3/25/2001
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Whatever formula you use to calculate the market value of a business--assets, performance or other multiples--a good starting point may be all it provides. Here's why--along with the other factors that count.

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Mapping Communities One Startup At A Time
Cameron Cushman
9/18/2013
Blog Resource
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At the Kauffman Foundation, we recently announced a grant to a group that is trying to map and track where startups are around the world. The project--Startup Genome--is working "to build the most complete and accurate database of the world's startup communities, present it in useful, beautiful ways and provide tools and reports that community builders can use to gain insight into what's happening in their community. And make better decisions about how to grow it."

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Life sciences venture funding up in second quarter
Glenn Brandon
8/15/2011
Blog Resource
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Life sciences venture capital investing rose in the second quarter, due in part to increased exit activity. Read more for details on life sciences companies’ deals.

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Life Inside a Law Firm
Roos John
3/8/2006
Audio Resource
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John Roos, CEO of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati, has represented many major Silicon Valley companies during mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, strategic alliances, and joint ventures. In this lecture, he describes many of the lessons he's learned since joining the firm in 1988, including building a brand, taking risks, and the importance of integrity.

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Lessons From Failure: Borrowing Tools From Your Neighbors
Diana Kander
8/12/2013
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Adam Berk had a vision of creating an online library where neighbors could borrow tools and electronics from one another. Why buy a fancy camera you only needed to use once for a big trip? Why invest the money in physical tools for a home remodeling project if you are never going to need them again? Adam and his best friend Dave spent 5 years creating this utopian community, neighborrow, powered by a new form of currency. Their business model was to eventually white label the product and sell it to large apartment buildings and others who wanted to facilitate a borrowing community. But they never achieved their vision. 

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