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What I’ve Learned in My First Month as a VC

What I’ve Learned in My First Month as a VC | startups, crowdfunding, startup entrepreneurs | Scoop.it

After 13 years at startups—the last four at Twitter—I’ve made the transition into venture capital as a partner at Redpoint Ventures. It has been just over a month since I began spending my days on Sand Hill Road and in that short time, I’ve learned quickly about working in a tight, seasoned partnership as well as having listened to some of the smartest, most interesting startup pitches.


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It's great to learn from what others have tried and experienced so that you can be better prepared.

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A candid list of lessons learned from Ryan Sarver that gives interesting insights on how VCs will look at an investment opportunity. Useful to craft the perfect pitch. 

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Whether you are a Startup looking for funding, or an investor, looking for the right investment, there is a lot to learn from this article. It's and inside viewpoint that examines the process of funding the right idea and team.

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In depth and behind the scenes look at the startup community, paths of funding, the entrepreneurs who are following their dreams to make them a reality, and startup marketing strategies
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The Top 25 Startups in Austin

The Top 25 Startups in Austin | startups, crowdfunding, startup entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
The business climate in Texas might be the best in the country. Without
corporate state or income taxes and a reasonable cost of living Texas has
created over half the jobs in the United States since 2010.

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Loved the list of the top #statups in #Austin #Texas. Right now I'm headed to the websites of a few of these companies on the list because they sound like they are on the way to mega #success. There are #entrepreneurs on this list that I want to #interview for upcoming #talkshow episodes and #articles..

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3 Steps to Finding Your Startup's Niche (And Keeping It!)

3 Steps to Finding Your Startup's Niche (And Keeping It!) | startups, crowdfunding, startup entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
You've launched a successful startup based around a core product or service offering.

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The power and benefits to your #business of focusing and establishing a strong niche. There's so many companies, products and services on the market that one must have their unique strengths in the marketplace. So many experts keep taking us back to the F word... Find and Focus then  capitalize on your core strength. Work it to get "rich in your niche." Don't get lost in taking on too many directions. #marketing #smallbusiness #success

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Practical Startup Lessons From Mike Kulakov (Founder at Everhour)

Practical Startup Lessons From Mike Kulakov (Founder at Everhour) | startups, crowdfunding, startup entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
Everhour is a time tracking tool created to help overcome the negativity usually associated with timesheets.
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Actionable advice, clear and concise.#startup #entrepreneurs do need to have #money for #marketing to get their new products and services out into the marketplace and generating #customers and #revenue. 

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Merchant Loyalty Platform Startup Spoqa Raises $3.9M To Expand In Japan

Merchant Loyalty Platform Startup Spoqa Raises $3.9M To Expand In Japan | startups, crowdfunding, startup entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
 Spoqa, the Seoul-based mobile loyalty platform that won the special prize of the jury at TechCrunch Disrupt Tokyo 2011, has raised a total of $3.9 million in funding to date led by Daesung Private Equity group and Bokwang Investments to fuel its...
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I love seeing companies getting funding so they can grow. It's not a surprise that they're on their way to much more success after they won the TechCrunch Disrupt Tokyo 2011. #success with #startups isn't usually instant. Congrats to those who recognized this #company as special .

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The latest iOS 8 beta update gets serious about health

The latest iOS 8 beta update gets serious about health | startups, crowdfunding, startup entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
Above: Healthkit from Apple at WWDC 2014Image Credit: Dean TakahashiApple’s getting serious about health, and the latest update to iOS 8’s developer beta is beefing up its health-related capabilities.
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Health will continue to be a huge area of growth as our population ages#health#startups#crowdfunding#apps

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Omada Health Raises $23M Series B Led By Andreessen Horowitz For Digital Health That Actually Works

Omada Health Raises $23M Series B Led By Andreessen Horowitz For Digital Health That Actually Works | startups, crowdfunding, startup entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
 Omada Health, a San Francisco startup that makes digital health therapy programs for people with type 2 diabetes and other serious but potentially treatable issues, has raised $23 million in new funding.
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It's always encouraging to other startups to see that there are companies who are leading the way and getting funded. Health and wellness programs are in big demand. 

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Tom Still: Angels in the cornfields: Investing not just a big-city game - Madison.com

Tom Still: Angels in the cornfields: Investing not just a big-city game - Madison.com | startups, crowdfunding, startup entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
Tom Still: Angels in the cornfields: Investing not just a big-city game
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At the invitation of UW-Platteville Chancellor Dennis Shields, the group heard about trends in angel investing nationally and in Wisconsin.
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The fact that Angel networks are expanding across the entire state of Wisconsin is fabulous news for entrepreneurs and for those who have the desire to invest their money as angels. According to this article there are now roughly two dozen angel investment groups statewide compared to ten years ago when there were only two such groups outside Milwaukee or Madison. The referenced website in this article is the Wisconsin Angel Network. This article also describes angel investors, angel networks, and angel funds. Informative, interesting, and great news.

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SOAR Helps Female Startups. We Are IN, What About YOU?

SOAR Helps Female Startups. We Are IN, What About YOU? | startups, crowdfunding, startup entrepreneurs | Scoop.it

SOAR is an important project. Glad we have a chapter in the Triangle ares of North Carolina (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill). We want to support SOAR anyway we can including putting our startup @CrowdFunde into the mix and writing some checks. This initiative is long overdue and we are all in. 


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I want to interview everyone about their efforts at SOAR. It's great to know that there's support for this project. 

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Martin (Marty) Smith's comment, March 21, 2014 9:44 PM
I think our CrowdFunde startup is going to set up a fund, ask for matching donations of time and money and do whatever we can to help SOAR @Lori Wilk since its long overdue. Marty
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Why I Turned Down Apple For A Startup

Why I Turned Down Apple For A Startup | startups, crowdfunding, startup entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
Sometimes the big fish isn't always the best fish. One entrepreneur who turned down the industry giant on why meaningful work is most important.

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It's great to hear about people who have had to take a hard look at their life choices and to listen to how they describe their chosen pathway to success. Working with small startups is a definitely going to be different than working for a very large company. One decision is not necessarily obviously or outwardly better than another because it has to do with personal choices and the business climate you want to be part of . #startups

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The Daily Startup: The Muse Picks Up Model Investor Tyra Banks ...

The Daily Startup: The Muse Picks Up Model Investor Tyra Banks ... | startups, crowdfunding, startup entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
A round-up of venture-capital news and analysis from VentureWire and around the Web.
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Following the money trail and market trends

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Trendy Powerful USB Waterproof Back-Up Battery for All Mobile Devices

Trendy Powerful USB Waterproof Back-Up Battery for All Mobile Devices | startups, crowdfunding, startup entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
A Green & Unique Power-Up Experience!

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Take a look at the projects that are looking for funding using this crowdfunding platform and be amazed at some of the cool things that could make it to market that we'll be seeing on the store shelves soon all because of a start with a successful crowdfunding launched campaign. By helping fund someone's campaign whether for $5 or $500 you could be a part of this whole entrepreneurial process.

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Trendy Powerful USB Waterproof Back-Up Battery

for All Mobile Devices
#Crowdfunding on #Indiegogo
#Mobile #Battery
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Crowdfunding Promotion Resource List - Crowdfunding Promotion

Crowdfunding Promotion Resource List - Crowdfunding Promotion | startups, crowdfunding, startup entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
This is an extensive Crowdfunding Promotions Resource List provided by Crowdfunding Website Reviews

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The cool thing about this list is that it is encouraging to know that there's so much you can do. There are so many  ways to get started getting your message out to the world. You can promote your camplaign and yourself using  free sources and tools or other  low-cost methods until you have a bigger budget to work with. Do something everyday and be willing to try new platforms you have never participated on before.  

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50+ sites for promoting your #crowdfunding project

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Business Plans: 10 Tips For "Riding In The Rain" & Scoring Big

Business Plans: 10 Tips For "Riding In The Rain" & Scoring Big | startups, crowdfunding, startup entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
The best tips from expert business plan reviewers for bplans, templates and more

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The business plan creation process can be very time consuming and the benefit of this exercise can be invaluable. I am at FAU in a session right now about how to develop the financial models needed for the business plans. We're talking about the assumptions we are making and justifying where we are getting our numbers and amazing things such as going out into the marketplace and doing the research about what people are willing to pay for. There's an upcoming business plan competition and a room full of people who intend to compete in this huge event at FAU. I recently met several business plan competition winners who have used this money to help them launch their businesses-there can be a huge benefit in creating excellent business plans. Too many businesses go out of business because they don't have the money to stay in business. Many companies that don't make it are gone because they didn't have plans and they weren't prepared for the challenges they actually faced. 

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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, February 7, 2014 10:45 AM

Thanks to Marc for making this suggestion on Scoop.it. Biz Plans are something I like about as much as going tot he dentist so any helpful tools or suggestions are WELCOMED.

Writing a business plan reminds me of Martin's Ride To Cure Cancer. In the summer of 2010 I rode a bicycle across America over 60 days. Based on weather patterns we predicted riding in the rain 10 days. We actually had to ride in the rain for 6 days.

Since we were going to need to ride in the rain I practiced in it and worked on convincing myself that I LOVED riding in the rain, that it was fun. Not so much and NEVER made that sale (lol). Appreciate anything that will help me create Biz Plans.

Lou Hemmer's curator insight, February 16, 2014 12:20 PM

Good article about steps to cover when seeking investment dollars for start ups.  A solid management team and understanding  where your business fits in the marketplace a essential.

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Why have a business plan? For the simple reason......

Why have a business plan? For the simple reason...... | startups, crowdfunding, startup entrepreneurs | Scoop.it

Bob Shepherd Associates for business finance and business expansion for Small Business in South Wales.


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This article covers the basic steps of why you should have a #business plan. The website and business go into much more depth and more topics from this core basic starting point. 

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Bob Shepherd's curator insight, March 24, 7:45 AM

I deal with a lots of small businesses.  Some understand the need for a business plan, some don't. 

 

Simply - a business plan, is a planing tool with 3 main functions:

1.  To organise and prioritise your resources

2.  To show someone else that you know what you are doing

3.  To act as a blueprint for running the business


Thanks for taking the time to have a look at the post

#Business Ideas #BobSheperd #BusinessPlanning 

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are you passionate about startups?

are you passionate about startups? | startups, crowdfunding, startup entrepreneurs | Scoop.it

I'm in the process to writing my new book, "One Idea Changes Everything" which will provide first-time entrepreneurs with a road map to startup success ... from discovering 'hidden' trends through to...


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Boris Johnson pledges £25m to help tech start-ups

Boris Johnson pledges £25m to help tech start-ups | startups, crowdfunding, startup entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
The Mayor of London launches fund to finance budding tech start-ups across the capital

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What exciting news to help #startups with #money and #mentoring. Cheers! Bring on more stories like this. Please let me know so I can write some stories about the #success of some of the #technology #startups 

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After fixing ‘250 bugs,’ Fisker electric cars will resume production — in Finland

After fixing ‘250 bugs,’ Fisker electric cars will resume production — in Finland | startups, crowdfunding, startup entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
Above: Fisker Atlantic concept unveiling before New York Auto Show, April 2012.Image Credit: GreenCarReportsThe new owners of the Fisker luxury car brand will resume production of the Karma range-extended electric sedan initially at a contractor’s...
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Definitely a beautiful #Car

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My Startup Battlefield Story

My Startup Battlefield Story | startups, crowdfunding, startup entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
 There comes a moment in a startup’s life that changes its trajectory forever. For us, it was a phone call from Alexia Tsotsis in August 2012.
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It's so inspiring when you hear the stories about what it took to get started. I love when these startup founders can be vulnerable and share how they started and how tough it was to get their pitches and presentations to be strong enough and clear enough to open the doors they needed to financing, launching, and becoming successful.#startups#entrepreneurs+

 

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Dubai SME to map angel investors in UAE to facilitate SME financing - Zawya (registration)

Dubai SME to map angel investors in UAE to facilitate SME financing Zawya (registration) Dubai SME is in the process of mapping the universe of angel investors in the UAE to help connect these investors with viable startups that show long term...
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All around the US and world there is a huge growth in investment in entrepreneurs . We are seeing more organization around these investments with groups, structures, networks, and legislation, regardless of the location. This article explains how the process is taking place in Dubai. The desired result in Dubai is to  efficiently has a system that will connect investors with viable startups which have been identified as having promising l,ong-term futures. 

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Your Crowdfunding Campaign Extra Exposure Free Listings

Your Crowdfunding Campaign Extra Exposure Free Listings | startups, crowdfunding, startup entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
List your Crowdfunding Campaign for More Exposure on Business Funding Insider
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Business funding insights, ideas, campaigns that are seeking their funding, and some help for individuals or organizations who need it to  promote their crowdfunding campaign. It was worth stopping by here to see what the Business Funding Insider was doing and how others are using this site to help their campaigns..

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Not at SXSW? Bite into these tech-focused presentations instead

Not at SXSW? Bite into these tech-focused presentations instead | startups, crowdfunding, startup entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
The annual over-stimulation of SXSW is a ritual for many in the startup and technology worlds, and even though tens of thousands of techies saddle up to Austin, there are plenty of people far far away from Texas.
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If you are not at #SxSW that doesn't mean you need to miss these presentations

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Entrepreneurship datebook and startup news to note - MiamiHerald.com

Entrepreneurship datebook and startup news to note - MiamiHerald.com | startups, crowdfunding, startup entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
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DATEBOOK. THINK FWD: FWD.us invites you to join leaders in tech, politics and policy at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb.
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There are so many events and educational opportunities for startup entrepreneurs and excellent programs to get involved in where you can find mentors and learn about new funding possibilities. It's a great time to be an entrepreneur.

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CrowdFunde Partner Contest - Need 3 Websites That Want To BLOWUP (in a good way :)

CrowdFunde Partner Contest - Need 3 Websites That Want To BLOWUP (in a good way :) | startups, crowdfunding, startup entrepreneurs | Scoop.it

CrowdFunde is a cool new tool that combines crowdfunding and content marketing to help marketers turn the gears of the new SEO. We have 2 "beta partners" and are looking for 3 more. 

Deadline is 2.28.14

Learn More
http://crowdfunde.com/crowdfunde-partner-contest/  ;


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All businesses need a combination of money and marketing  so being introduced to CrowdF-unde is cool #crowdfunding#marketing

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Lori Wilk's curator insight, February 11, 2014 10:35 PM

This looks like a great opportunity 

malek's curator insight, February 12, 2014 10:30 AM

Interesting to see how Marty's idea will evolve. Mixing crowdfunding with content is worth a trail.

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Thanks to Lori and Malek for the share (much appreciated). M
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Finding Dad - A Short Film

Finding Dad - A Short Film | startups, crowdfunding, startup entrepreneurs | Scoop.it
An abandoned son. A mysterious note. The search for the reason why

Via Crowdfunding-Reviews
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This is a current campaign seeking funding so it helps for you to see what others are doing and how they are structuring their campaigns as well as to find ideas and projects that you might be interested in supporting.

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Help make it happen for Finding Dad - A Short Film on @indiegogo
#Montana #MSU #Student #Film
http://igg.me/p/655081/twtr/2623911

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Use Crowdfunding to Gauge Interest for Your Idea

Use Crowdfunding to Gauge Interest for Your Idea | startups, crowdfunding, startup entrepreneurs | Scoop.it

The reality is that the majority of entrepreneurs need more than financial support to launch their ideas. They lack the experience needed to create and execute a business plan.

 

And with a few exceptions, like very simple or small ideas, they seriously underestimate how much money is needed to get a business off the ground.


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Starting a business, especially one that has a strong chance of survival, takes more than just some money. In this article the author mentions the concept of proving the interest in the marketplace for the product or service you want to launch. By launching a crowdfunding campaign you will have real research into what people would be willing to pay for. You learn from your campaign and from the responses and results you have.

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