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How to Get the Attention of a Venture Capitalist
10/18/2007
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What's the best way to communicate with funding sources? Guy Kawasaki provides both best-case and worst-case tactics for tracking down and capturing the money you need to grow.

Go To Source (blog.guykawasaki.com)
Legal Fees: Start Swearing Now
10/18/2007
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Pulling legal documents from the internet may be quick, cheap, and easy, but keep in mind you get what you pay for. Sometimes more is less. An experienced, straight-talking start-up veteran provides three best practices about how to avoid mistakes, what you should pay, and how to negotiate fees.

Go To Source (www.burningdoor.com)
Should Entrepreneurs Be Worried About Convertible Notes as a First Financing Event?
10/18/2007
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There are pros and cons associated with using a convertible note structure before doing a Series A round of investment. A venture capitalist explains the ins and outs with a brief, straightforward introduction, including blog comments from other sources.

Go To Source (www.askthevc.com)
All I Know About VC, I Learned from My Kids
11/8/2007
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Investors can have a high degree of influence on the operations of their portfolio companies because of their capital and their board roles. Such influence, at times, may push through ideas that are not in alignment with the leadership team's strategy. This article offers one VC's insights into the relationship between investor and the entrepreneur or CEO.

Go To Source (www.vcconfidential.com)
Are VCs Simply Valuation Luddites?
11/8/2007
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The mysteries of how VCs determine company value can be daunting to entrepreneurs. This uncertainty is due, in large part, to the uncertainty of the valuation process itself. From the VC Confidential blog, here is a glimpse of what that process looks like.

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Ask the VC: How Do You Calculate Operating Cash Flow?
11/8/2007
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This brief, to-the-point VC blog entry explains why investors often consider operating cash flow as the best measure of business health. The piece also explains one way for entrepreneurs to calculate it with investors in mind.

Go To Source (www.vcconfidential.com)
Fundraising: No-Shop Agreements
11/8/2007
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When seeking venture capital, entrepreneurs may be asked to sign a term sheet with a no-shop clause. That means the entrepreneur agrees not to seek other investors during the final negotiations. This blog entry contains some good advice that isn't necessarily obvious to the uninitiated.

Go To Source (www.burningdoor.com)
Sample Cash Flow Report
1/1/2008
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Review this sample Cash Flow Report and Cash Flow Statement for this year old business to understand the primary differences in these two reports and the value in using them in reporting financial information.

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Sample Income Statement
1/1/2008
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Along with this sample Income Statement for a year old business, this tool provides a line-by-line explanation of the most common categories used to report profits.

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You really don’t need VC money to start most companies
Dingee Alec
4/8/2009
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Alec Dingee, Chairman and Co-Founder of MIT Mentoring Services shares his insight to how investor's view the current economic climate.  Review his research: 2009 is a period of historic economic turmoil and uncertainty.  The Bad News: Investors Hate Uncertainty.

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