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Definition: Valley of Death

Considered the most difficult funding stage for startups, the Valley of Death occurs after entrepreneurs have exhausted friends, family, and personal credit and before they're ready for external funding.

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Christina Hernandez Sherwood
on July 30, 2014
Category:  Creation 
How one entrepreneur got Mark Cuban to invest in his startup

It didn't take a visit to the Shark Tank for Ryan Beckland, co-founder and CEO of the digital health company Validic, to get the attention of billionaire investor Mark Cuban.

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Christina Hernandez Sherwood
on July 29, 2014
Category:  Creation  Ideation 
What is sustainable growth?

Sustainable growth is how fast a startup can grow without speeding through its funding or, alternatively, stagnating.

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Christina Hernandez Sherwood
on July 28, 2014
Category:  Growth 
Insights from Medical Device Entrepreneurs

In this new compilation, medical device entrepreneurs share insights on how they met challenges and opportunities on everything from team building to clinical and regulatory success.

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Christina Hernandez Sherwood
on July 24, 2014
Category:  Creation  Execution  Growth  Ideation 
Definition: Royalties

Royalties refer to a percentage of a startup's revenues that are paid to investors.

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Christina Hernandez Sherwood
on July 23, 2014
Category:  Creation 
How the right partnership can serve as an early-stage accelerator

In the rush to create a product, build a team, and secure funding, startups often fail to focus on partnerships, an underutilized and undervalued commodity for new entrepreneurs.

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Christina Hernandez Sherwood
on July 22, 2014
Category:  Creation  Ideation 
What is Series A financing?

Series A financing, also known as an "A round," is typically a company's first significant round of financing.

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Christina Hernandez Sherwood
on July 21, 2014
Category:  Creation 
Human-centered input helps steer design of 'smart' health care devices

Even if the designers of 'smart' health care devices have the technology figured out, they need help in figuring out what matters to the people they hope will use the devices. That means obtaining timely, meaningful input from patients, physicians and other end-users.

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Dan Emerson
on July 16, 2014
Category:  Ideation 
Definition: User experience

User experience refers to a consumer's feelings about a particular product or service.

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Christina Hernandez Sherwood
on July 16, 2014
Category:  Execution 
Panel weighs challenges of getting patients to use digital devices for health

The new, digital devices designed to gather and transmit real-time patient data have great potential to transform health care. But, to realize that potential, those who engineer and design the devices need to figure out ways to fully engage patients in using them.

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Dan Emerson
on July 15, 2014
Category:  Ideation