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  • Kara Nortman Was Just Promoted to Co-Managing Partner at Upfront Ventures. Here’s What it All Means

    Kara Nortman Was Just Promoted to Co-Managing Partner at Upfront Ventures. Here’s What it All Means

    Today we’re announcing that my partner Kara Nortman is becoming Co-Managing Partner at Upfront Ventures and I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to welcome her to her new role.As with all promotions, the reality is that Kara was already acting as…
    - 30 days ago, 26 Oct 20, 10:40am -
  • How Valence Aims to Provide Better Access and Funding for Black Founders & Executives

    How Valence Aims to Provide Better Access and Funding for Black Founders & Executives

    “I gotta say it was a good day.”I’m so fricking pumped today. Really, truly. Yeah, Valence announced > $5 million in funding led by GGV and Upfront. That IS a big deal, but I’ll get to that. But Kamala Harris was picked to be the Vice Presid…
    - 12 Aug 20, 1:24am -
  • A Bigger Truth About Restaurant Food Delivery

    A Bigger Truth About Restaurant Food Delivery

    Photo by Viktor Forgacs on UnsplashI was listening to Dan Primack’s podcast on Pro Rata and he was interviewing Senator Klobucher who is now publicly and vocally speaking out against Uber purchasing Grubhub and has tried to mobilize against this.…
    - 21 May 20, 11:09am -
  • Bevy is Emerging as a Leader in Software for Building Virtual Communities — with $15 million to…

    Bevy is Emerging as a Leader in Software for Building Virtual Communities — with $15 million to…

    Bevy is Emerging as a Leader in Software for Building Virtual Communities — with $15 million to Prove ItThe venture capital world has started firing up a few cylinders again and looking for businesses that it believes will help us all succeed…
    - 19 May 20, 1:09pm -
  • My Thoughts on the Current Market: on 20-Minute VC

    My Thoughts on the Current Market: on 20-Minute VC

    Several years ago I made an appearance in a burgeoning new podcast called “20 Minute VC,” which by now needs no introduction. Harry was gracious enough to invite me back so this past week we recorded an episode discussing the current market envir…
    - 21 Apr 20, 1:27am -
  • How to Make Sense of the PPP Loan Program for VC-Backed Startups

    How to Make Sense of the PPP Loan Program for VC-Backed Startups

    There is so much confusion and misinformation out there about the government sponsored “payroll protection plan” loans to companies that the heads of every small business CEO in the country must be spinning. We have been advising a lot of entrepr…
    - 6 Apr 20, 8:32pm -
  • Hard Decisions Require Empathy

    Hard Decisions Require Empathy

    In the past two weeks we have entered perhaps to most surreal experience in any of our lives. I think intuitively many of us believe it may be a more lasting impact than just “60 days at home,” which is why we almost have a nervous laughter when…
    - 1 Apr 20, 9:03pm -
  • Funding in the Time of Coronavirus

    Funding in the Time of Coronavirus

    I am due to speak at the SaaStr conference next week: Wednesday, March 11th at 10:45 AM. I had originally signed up to talk about the “VC Market Trends” overall but it seemed inauthentic to speak about VC funding without addressing the virus in t…
    - 5 Mar 20, 11:09pm -
  • Why Meg Whitman is Betting on Quibi as“The Da Vinci Code of Content”

    Why Meg Whitman is Betting on Quibi as“The Da Vinci Code of Content”

    Every year, a personal Upfront Summit highlight is getting to sit down with experts in a field I care about. Sometimes that’s venture capital generally (like last year’s conversation with Reid Hoffman) and sometimes it’s in a space where I’ve…
    - 19 Feb 20, 1:06am -
  • What Did I Learn From the First VC Check I Ever Wrote?

    What Did I Learn From the First VC Check I Ever Wrote?

    I became a VC 12 years ago in 2007 when the pace of deals was much slower. I had just left Salesforce.com where I was VP, Products, after they had acquired my second startup. As I was trying to figure out the role I wanted to play in the VC world I d…
    - 17 Oct 19, 11:33am -

Financing for Food

  • If your heart is breaking, I hope it’s breaking OPEN
    A friend-of-a-friend sent this to a friend of mine (Ashley!), who sent this to me, and now I send it to you, and maybe you’ll send it on again, and we’ll all Keep Going: What a beautiful example of Lovingkindness, and Compassion, and Mudita, aka…
    - 31 days ago, 25 Oct 20, 4:08pm -
  • Protected: Brahma Viharas for Activists
    There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.
    - 87 days ago, 30 Aug 20, 12:22am -
  • On letting go of rules: words of wisdom from Devi Daly
    Yin yoga is like the punk rock of yoga; it’s the yoga where we don’t like rules very much. Thus spoke Devi Daly in the middle of Dragon pose during her live-streamed Yin yoga class this morning. She went on to explain that there is a lot of physi…
    - 16 Aug 20, 8:17pm -
  • Like Rechungpa, I have a lot to learn
    Apparently I need to read this book, ha: Rechungpa is a promising disciple, but he has a lot to learn, being sometimes proud, distracted, anxious, desirous of comfort and praise, over-attached to book learning, stubborn, sulky and liable to go to ext…
    - 9 Aug 20, 10:46pm -
  • Lauren Ruth Ward channels some serious Vajrapani energy
    I’ve been studying up on Vajrapani, wielder of the thunderbolt, protector from fear of unknown places. He’s got a wrathful side. Look at his mudra! \m/ He’s ready to burn it all down; all the delusion and hatred, that is. Lauren Ruth Ward chann…
    - 9 Aug 20, 9:45pm -
  • Calling on Akshobya: a Puja for people experiencing anger

    Calling on Akshobya: a Puja for people experiencing anger

    As someone who experiences anger and indignation quite strongly, I’ve been digging around for Buddhist approaches to handling these challenging emotions. Of all the Buddhas in Triratna’s mandala, it seems that Akshobya is the appropriate one to c…
    - 3 Aug 20, 10:33pm -
  • Imagine

    - 12 Jul 20, 12:10am -
  • Stone Hammered to Gravel: a poem by Martín Espada
    An excerpt of Martín Espada’s poem, Stone Hammered to Gravel: Did you know? When the bullet exploded the stars in the cosmos of your body, did you know that others would read manifestos by your light? Did you know, after the white ambulance left,…
    - 4 Jul 20, 1:55am -
  • Generosity and the giving of time: a talk for Buddhist Action Month
    As part of our Buddhist Action Month series on Generosity, this week I gave this talk on Generosity and the giving of time. The official description from the Auckland Buddhist Centre’s website is below (thanks Mary Anna for writing these up!)… bu…
    - 30 Jun 20, 1:03am -
  • For Nothing is Fixed: podcast and poems

    For Nothing is Fixed: podcast and poems

    “Fixed” as in: permanent / unmoving / unchanging; “Fixed” as in: repaired, made whole. On this theme I present this timely and provocative conversation between Viveka and Paramananda. So much of what Viveka says (and not just in this podcast!…
    - 27 Jun 20, 1:26am -

FNO: Fundraising

Funded's Blog

  • newBoulevard Funded $27M for Salon’s Platform Expansion

    Boulevard Funded $27M for Salon’s Platform Expansion

    Boulevard is a salon and spa management platform created to facilitate operations, boost sales, and satisfy customers. It establishes this company in Los Angeles, California, in the year 2016.Boulevard was funded $27 million in Series B funding des…
    - 15 hours ago, 24 Nov 20, 2:17pm -
  • new5 Simple Steps to Creating Proper Asset Allocation

    5 Simple Steps to Creating Proper Asset Allocation

    Every investor tries to build an excellent investment portfolio. To make such a portfolio, your investments require asset allocation. In a bid to build a vast investment portfolio, most investors tend to focus on getting the best investment option,…
    - 18 hours ago, 24 Nov 20, 11:13am -
  • Strava Funded $110M for More Features in Social Platform

    Strava Funded $110M for More Features in Social Platform

    The first online social platform for athletes is moving up its game. Strava is based in San Francisco and has 70 million members, according to the company, with a presence in 195 countries globally.Strava was funded $110 million in a Series F finan…
    - 8 days ago, 17 Nov 20, 3:14pm -
  • How to Calculate Free Cash Flow for your Business Health

    How to Calculate Free Cash Flow for your Business Health

    Free cash flow is one of the key indicators used to show the health of the business, particularly its profitability. Typically, it demonstrates the amount of money any business for other purposes after all the capital expenditures that may include e…
    - 9 days ago, 16 Nov 20, 11:20am -
  • What the Right Team Means for a Business

    What the Right Team Means for a Business

    Just because you have a small business today does not mean it is going to remain small forever. Of course, you have to work to expand your business and turn it into a company that serves a worldwide audience. Whenever it comes to the expansion of a…
    - 11 days ago, 14 Nov 20, 11:38am -
  • Common Spending Mistakes in Small Businesses

    Common Spending Mistakes in Small Businesses

    There is no denying that running a business is not always easy. There are plenty of challenges that reverse growth or halt progress. Precisely, if these challenges have a direct impact on business finances, it may cause several other risks that your…
    - 15 days ago, 10 Nov 20, 2:13pm -
  • JumpCloud Funded $75M for Cloud Solution Globally

    JumpCloud Funded $75M for Cloud Solution Globally

    JumpCloud is based in Denver, Colorado. This company is a cloud solution to control and manage employee identities and devices.JumpCloud was funded $75 million in Series E funding. The investment led by BlackRock with participation from existing in…
    - 15 days ago, 10 Nov 20, 2:06pm -
  • Debt Is Not the Death of Your Business

    Debt Is Not the Death of Your Business

    “Debt” and “business” are two words you don’t want to see in the same sentence. Unfortunately, it is not always a smooth ride for every business owner. High hopes can often make business owners get carried away. That’s why experts want y…
    - 15 days ago, 10 Nov 20, 11:56am -
  • A Successful Online Business – How to Start One

    A Successful Online Business – How to Start One

    When it comes to the topic of starting a new online business, most entrepreneurs think that trial and error is the way to go but this isn’t so.  A number of experienced business people can give you details as to what went right during their ventu…
    - 16 days ago, 9 Nov 20, 11:47am -
  • Concure Oncology Funded $2M to Innovate the Breast Cancer Treatment

    Concure Oncology Funded $2M to Innovate the Breast Cancer Treatment

    Startup Concure Oncology in Mercer Island, Washington. The mission is to ease the burden for women facing early-stage breast cancer by providing an innovative new kind of radiation treatment option.Concure Oncology was funded $2 million in capital…
    - 22 days ago, 3 Nov 20, 3:16pm -

InvestorPitches

  • Is it too early to brand?
    By Deb Gabor I hear one question from business owners all the time: “When should we brand?” My answer is always the same: “Early, often, and always.” Branding is not optional, and the risks of not taking it seriously are very real. Your custo…
    - 6 Jul 16, 4:58pm -
  • Decks that changed the world
    It’s important for anybody preparing to pitch to investors to absorb the lessons of those who have gone before. Why not pattern your pitch after some of the most successful in history? Take a look at some of the pitch decks heard ’round the worl…
    - 9 May 16, 3:18pm -
  • Startup Archetypes: what you’re trying to accomplish shapes your story

    Startup Archetypes: what you’re trying to accomplish shapes your story

    A compelling story is the most important element of your pitch to investors. Just like fictional stories, startup stories often fall into broad archetypal categories. These categories clarify your startup’s purpose to investors, customers, potentia…
    - 9 May 16, 2:59pm -
  • Every pitch tells a story
    Every investor pitch needs to tell the same basic story to signal to investors that their company represents a solid, safe, investment that will make them good returns. Each story needs to have these elements: Here’s a problem Many people/businesse…
    - 3 Mar 16, 5:10pm -
  • Sign up today: Sixty seconds to Success
    Get your tickets now! Deb Gabor’s session at General Assembly will sell out fast. Sixty Seconds to Success: Hacking the Elevator Pitch at General Assembly on February 1, 2016. Deb is the founder and president of Sol Marketing and is known as the In…
    - 4 Dec 15, 3:24pm -
  • 3 Lessons from SXSW Eco
    SXSW Eco might be less glamorous than its springtime cousin, but that doesn’t mean there is any less excitement in the sustainable startup community. Here are our top three takeaways from the startup showcase: Simplicity is still the key to a succe…
    - 23 Oct 13, 4:44pm -
  • [INFOGRAPHIC] Investor Pitch Archetypes

    [INFOGRAPHIC] Investor Pitch Archetypes


    - 20 Sep 13, 12:28pm -
  • One week left to vote!

    One week left to vote!

    Only one week left to vote for our panels for the 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival. Please create an ID {if you haven’t already} and give our panels a thumbs up: “Startup Branding Lessons from the Trenches” – This panel features Adam Lieb, C…
    - 30 Aug 13, 10:48am -
  • Vote for InvestorPitches.com in the SXSW PanelPicker

    Vote for InvestorPitches.com in the SXSW PanelPicker

    Can you believe we are already talking SXSWi 2014? The SXSW PanelPicker is now open for voting. We’ve submitted two panels for the 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival. Please register {if you haven’t already} and cast your vote for our panels: “Sta…
    - 19 Aug 13, 3:29pm -
  • Investor Pitches that Win on SlideShare
    Ever wonder how to win at your investor pitch? The basics on creating a winning investor pitch — with everything you do need and nothing you don’t. See our presentation on SlideShare. Investor Pitches That Win – Sol Marketing, Austin, TX from D…
    - 29 Jul 13, 3:00pm -

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  • newThe Transition Begins
    But it’s still worth knowing what happened in Pennsylvania.
    - 11 hours ago, 24 Nov 20, 6:58pm -
  • newDemocrats Defrock Dianne Feinstein
    Her Senate Judiciary demotion is a message to Georgia voters.
    - 11 hours ago, 24 Nov 20, 6:48pm -
  • newThe Dow Hits 30,000
    Another sign of economic resilience amid the pandemic.
    - 11 hours ago, 24 Nov 20, 6:48pm -
  • newThe Desolate Wilderness
    A chronicle of the Pilgrims’ arrival at Plymouth, as recorded by Nathaniel Morton.
    - 11 hours ago, 24 Nov 20, 6:46pm -
  • newAnd the Fair Land
    For all our social discord we yet remain the longest enduring society of free men governing themselves without benefit of kings or dictators.
    - 11 hours ago, 24 Nov 20, 6:44pm -
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