Top 10 US-based Venture Capital Funds

Top 10 US-based Venture Capital Funds

The Top 10 US-based venture capital funds, based on amount of capital raised during the first quarter of 2014, pulled in $7.3 billion over 8 venture capital firms. Accel Partners and Draper Fisher Jurvetson each raised two funds. When it rains it pours.   The...
Silicon Valley’s Brain Drain

Silicon Valley’s Brain Drain

Where Have All the Innovators Gone?   Growing up in Silicon Valley was a magical experience. The area was full of innovators who came to this country to build their dreams, which were built on ideas that served a real purpose. From 1939, when Hewlett Packard...
The 3 Deadly Mistakes of Crowdfunding

The 3 Deadly Mistakes of Crowdfunding

As with any form of monetary solicitation, crowdfunding has its perils and setbacks. Let’s walk through the three deadly mistakes entrepreneurs make with crowdfunding.   Not Explaining Equity   When Oculus was acquired by Facebook for $2 billion, their 9,522...
The New Rules of Fund Raising

The New Rules of Fund Raising

The world of fundraising has been turned on its head. A decade ago, entrepreneurs had limited sources for capital — angel investors, venture capital funds, and rich Uncles. Today, entrepreneurs have a plethora of options. AngelList pioneered online funding...
4 Steps to Prepare for an IPO

4 Steps to Prepare for an IPO

The first quarter of 2014 has experienced the largest number of IPOs in the past decade, compared to first quarter data from previous years. With the JOBS Act in place and an improved economy, the accelerated pace is not expected to slow down.   If you are...
How to Silence Critics and Cultivate Fans

How to Silence Critics and Cultivate Fans

If you are doing anything worthwhile, you will have critics. Learn to discern between those providing valuable feedback on your product or service and those who simply have too much time on their hands and a sour attitude. When you encounter valuable feedback,...