Bling Nation Presents at Under the Radar Mobility 2009

written by admin on November 19, 2009 in Under The Radar with one Comment

Bling Nation Twitter: @blingnation Meet Bling Nation – a mobile payments company. They just presented at Under the Radar: Mobility. Missed it? That’s okay – here’s their company profile and pitch: Company Description | Bling Nation brings mobile payments to Read the Rest…


Investor Outlook 2010: Funding Forecast for Startups

written by admin on November 12, 2009 in Funding and Strategy Series with no comments

2009 put startup valuations on a diet, bootstrapping and revenue models were back in the spotlight; and Angel investors made a comeback. Despite the fears and outcries from some, startup funding didn’t quite freeze into the nuclear winter many thought Read the Rest…


The Series A Term Sheet: 5 Terms Founders Should Focus On

written by admin on October 19, 2009 in Acquisitions and Funding with 4 comments

Guest blogger, Ivan Gaviria today walks us through 5 terms founders should focus on when navigating their first term sheet: 1) Option Pool 2) Dividends 3) Liquidation Preference 4) Board Composition 5) Founder Vesting Ivan is a partner at Gunderson Read the Rest…


How to Pitch a VC: Slides and Termsheets from Yesterday's Workshop

written by admin on October 7, 2009 in Funding and Strategy Series with no comments

* Dave McClure (Founders Fund) walks through How to Pitch a VC at The Workshop Yesterday, 120 startup founders joined VCs, seasoned VC-backed founders and startup attorneys for a one day deep dive into the in’s and out’s of getting Read the Rest…


Startup Acquisitions: What No One Tells You About Cashing In

written by admin on September 23, 2009 in Acquisitions and Strategy Series and Video with 4 comments

Building great companies is more than just knowing when to hold ‘em, and when to fold ‘em… The truth is, if you focus on your entrance more than your exit, you won’t have to find an “out”…it will find you. Read the Rest…


State of the "Angel" Nation: Seed Fund Investing in 2009-10

written by admin on September 3, 2009 in Funding and Startup News and Strategy Series with one Comment

On Tuesday night three of the most prominent angel and seed-stage investors gathered in a boardroom errr, make shift living room, in San Francisco to discuss the state of angel investing today, from recent deals to what it’ll take to Read the Rest…


List of VC Twitter Accounts: Are You Following the Funds?

written by admin on August 3, 2009 in Funding with 11 comments

Want an inside look into what VCs are doing and thinking? Wish you could get into their heads to know what they’re actually looking for so you can tailor your pitch “just so?” Here’s your chance. Twitter provides a way Read the Rest…


Social Networks Will Make More Money Off Site vs On

written by admin on June 30, 2009 in Social Media and Startup News with one Comment

The following is a blog re-post from Raj Kapoor’s , Managing Director at Sillicon Valley’s Mayfield Fund. Raj is an energetic type A personality that likes to explore, learn, question, and enjoy. The original can be found here. Contact Mayfield Read the Rest…


Real Revenue: How to Pay the Bills with Dollars, Not Just Users

written by admin on June 19, 2009 in Strategy Series with one Comment

Today, driving short-term revenue is the only thing on a startup’s mind. Since the economy dove into the dumps, the Silicon Valley fairytale of huge valuations for startups that acquired users by giving everything away for free (thinking advertising was Read the Rest…


No More Elevators: Mark Suster on the Cocktail Party Pitch (VIDEO)

written by admin on June 10, 2009 in Funding and Video with one Comment

Mark Suster, startup veteran and Partner at LA-based venture firm GRP Partners was on FOX News today talking about elevator pitches cocktail party pitches. Essentially, Mark says you’re more likely to meet potential business partners and investors at networking events, Read the Rest…