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  • 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…
    - 33 days ago, 17 Oct 19, 11:33am -
  • Some Seriously Great News. No, Seriously …

    Some Seriously Great News. No, Seriously …

    Some Seriously Great News. No, Seriously …Exactly six years ago today I received an email from my friend Ynon Kreiz introducing me to Andrew Stalbow and Petri Järvilehto. Ynon had been the CEO of Maker Studios and I trust his opinion a great deal…
    - 84 days ago, 27 Aug 19, 1:05am -
  • Announcing Projector — A Startup I’ve Been Excited to Tell You About for Years

    Announcing Projector — A Startup I’ve Been Excited to Tell You About for Years

    Announcing Projector — A Startup I’ve Been Excited to Tell You About for YearsA few years ago I spent time in prison with Trevor O’Brien, the founder of Projector. Yes, I always imagined announcing the company that way. We were of course t…
    - 22 May 19, 12:04pm -
  • Managing Your Startup Board — A Short Presentation

    Managing Your Startup Board — A Short Presentation

    Managing Your Startup Board — A Short PresentationI was invited to do a keynote presentation at the Khosla Ventures CEO Summit this week in Sausalito. It was an amazing gathering of some of the most ambitious early-stage CEO’s looking to make…
    - 21 May 19, 8:25pm -
  • My Commencement Speech — Life at Your Crossroads

    My Commencement Speech — Life at Your Crossroads

    My Commencement Speech — Life at Your CrossroadsPhoto by Justin Luebke on UnsplashCrossroadsCal Poly Pomona! What’s up!?! I’m so grateful to be up here addressing you today. Today you’re either here to graduate or support somebody gradua…
    - 20 May 19, 2:05am -
  • The Truth About the Scooter Economy — An Insider’s Perspective

    The Truth About the Scooter Economy — An Insider’s Perspective

    The Truth About the Scooter Economy — An Insider’s Perspective“Bird Zero” that are custom designed by the companyThere is a story arc of the electric scooter market that took the world by storm in 2018, was second-guessed late in the yea…
    - 19 Apr 19, 1:41pm -
  • Why You Can’t Get Serious About Productivity Unless You Optimize How Your People Use Your Space

    Why You Can’t Get Serious About Productivity Unless You Optimize How Your People Use Your Space

    I fund startups for a living and before that I ran two software startups that I founded. I’ve spent countless hours looking at historical finances, budgets, forecasts and future projections. With a standard tech startup I can tell you in my sleep t…
    - 9 Apr 19, 8:11pm -
  • One Simple Way to Eliminate Distractions in a Board Meeting

    One Simple Way to Eliminate Distractions in a Board Meeting

    Photo by ROBIN WORRALL on UnsplashSeveral members of your executive taken hours to prepare board materials so that you can inform your board of how things have gone since you last met 3 months ago and you have 3 hours together to make sure they have…
    - 23 Mar 19, 9:25pm -
  • How to Run an Effective Networking Dinner

    How to Run an Effective Networking Dinner

    Photo by Juliette F on UnsplashNetworking is a critical part of relationship building and there is no event more valuable to building relationships than the proverbial “breaking of bread” with people. I personally run many group lunches & dinner…
    - 11 Mar 19, 10:36pm -
  • How to Stop Your Board Meeting from Going Down a Rat Hole

    How to Stop Your Board Meeting from Going Down a Rat Hole

    Photo by Filipe Delgado from PexelsWe’ve all been in meetings that get off track — sinking ever down the proverbial “rat hole,” from which rescue feels impossible. How does it happen? And how can you avoid it?This is part of a series on…
    - 28 Feb 19, 9:58pm -

Financing for Food

  • Using group agreements to encourage participation in classes, workshops, and meetings

    Using group agreements to encourage participation in classes, workshops, and meetings

    Have you ever participated in an intimate class or group meeting that broke down in some way? What happened? How did your level of engagement shift as a result? Maybe one participant spoke more than anyone else and you mentally “checked out” beca…
    - 11 days ago, 8 Nov 19, 4:30pm -
  • Three years in New Zealand: some reflections
    As of this week, we’ve been living in Auckland for three years. The particular date we arrived — 5 November — is hard to miss because of two very interrelated actors: It’s Guy Fawkes Day, a truly bizarre holiday wherein people in New Zealand…
    - 11 days ago, 8 Nov 19, 3:33pm -
  • The Lanyard – a poem by Billy Collins
    Thank you, Jen, for sending me this video of Billy Collins reading his poem The Lanyard… on my mother’s birthday, and her mother’s birthday, no less! Start at 0:45 for best effect: My mother gave me life, and it was only because of her own late…
    - 18 days ago, 1 Nov 19, 2:58am -
  • the water it moved / yeah it moved me

    the water it moved / yeah it moved me

    I’ve experienced a particular magic that is very difficult to describe, and it happened to me regularly while surfing this spot at sunset, on days when there was just enough haze in the atmosphere to blend the pastel colors of sea and sky seamlessl…
    - 26 days ago, 24 Oct 19, 2:12am -
  • Exactly the Q&A I need right now

    Exactly the Q&A I need right now

    Q (from Rupa Bhattacharya, Editorial Director, Culture at Vice): …how do we make space for ourselves and hold being a trailblazer and everything else that comes with our work? A (from hospitality activist and bartender, etc etc Ashtin Berry): I’…
    - 29 days ago, 21 Oct 19, 4:44am -
  • A yoga sequence to cultivate compassion from Chelsea Jackson Roberts

    A yoga sequence to cultivate compassion from Chelsea Jackson Roberts

    I found this lovely heart-opening yoga sequence several months ago while putting together a class on the Heart Chakra: Since then, I’ve incorporated it into just about every class I teach, and it’s become my go-to movement practice… so I figu…
    - 37 days ago, 12 Oct 19, 11:47pm -
  • Using the Brahma Viharas to work with their near enemies

    Using the Brahma Viharas to work with their near enemies

    I recently spent 8 days at a retreat on the topic of the Brahma Viharas (also known as the Four Divine Abodes, or the Four Immeasurables in Buddhism), which are: Metta = Loving Kindness / Goodwill; Karuna = Compassion (…arises when we meet sufferin…
    - 37 days ago, 12 Oct 19, 11:10pm -
  • Thoughts on the way to the climate strike
    I’m off to the climate strike in Auckland today, with all my intersecting identities, mixed feelings, and no sign, because what words could ever be… right? I love that sometimes a piece of music, words that aren’t organized in the usual fashion…
    - 53 days ago, 26 Sep 19, 7:56pm -
  • Trump + shrooms = ???

    Trump + shrooms = ???

    Every time I remember that this petition existed I laugh out loud, because the first time I saw it (and for MONTHS afterward!) I interpreted it to mean, “…until he realizes that each of us is a mushroom.” I finally figured it out.
    - 65 days ago, 14 Sep 19, 8:08pm -
  • “…all I want is to help others feel a bit better about being.” -Brittany Howard
    I suppose all I want is to help others feel a bit better about being. All I can offer are my own stories in hopes of not only being seen and understood, but also to learn to love my own self as if it were an act of resistance. Resisting that annoying…
    - 65 days ago, 14 Sep 19, 7:53pm -

FNO: Fundraising

Funded's Blog

  • 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…
    - 4 days ago, 15 Nov 19, 11:20am -
  • 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…
    - 19 days ago, 31 Oct 19, 2:13pm -
  • Unique Ways to Fund Your Small Business

    Unique Ways to Fund Your Small Business

    If you’re a startup, there is nothing surprising in facing teething troubles.  But none of these challenges or troubles is as big or critical as funding your business. That means finding investment to get your business off the ground is, without…
    - 32 days ago, 18 Oct 19, 11:00am -
  • Smart Reasons to Use Business Credit Cards

    Smart Reasons to Use Business Credit Cards

    Whether you’re a startup or you run an established brand, a business credit card is essential for the financial well being. A business credit card is much more than a way to pay for your business purchases. It is a convenient mode for entrepreneur…
    - 68 days ago, 12 Sep 19, 4:45pm -
  • How To Attract Top Talent To Your Business Startup?

    How To Attract Top Talent To Your Business Startup?

    Finding and securing top job candidates for your business startup is more important now than ever. You are competing against a variety of companies for the same potential employees,and job seekers have the upper hand in who they choose to work with.…
    - 74 days ago, 6 Sep 19, 1:21pm -
  • Business Credit Card vs. Business Loan: How to Choose?

    Business Credit Card vs. Business Loan: How to Choose?

    If you have long been looking for business funds, the multiple business financing options must have overwhelmed you. Many entrepreneurs don’t want to involve outside investors to raise capital for their lean startups to avoid entailing risks such…
    - 82 days ago, 29 Aug 19, 9:00am -
  • What Sets a Small Business Apart from a Large Business?

    What Sets a Small Business Apart from a Large Business?

    You probably hear terms like ‘small business’ and ‘large business’ quite commonly whether you are looking for software solutions, investment opportunities or something else. Sometimes, it can be difficult for business owners to figure out if…
    - 85 days ago, 26 Aug 19, 10:36am -
  • What Normally Causes Banks to Reject Small Business Loans?

    What Normally Causes Banks to Reject Small Business Loans?

    Whether you are a small or a large one, you will need a loan at the start to finance your marketing efforts and operations. It is not that difficult for large businesses to get loans from banks because most lending institutions are more than willing…
    - 88 days ago, 23 Aug 19, 10:27am -
  • Here Is What Small Business Owners Should Know about Angel Investors

    Here Is What Small Business Owners Should Know about Angel Investors

    When you have a small business, and you are serious about its growth and expansion, you have to use every option available to you to get the funds you need. In some cases, venture capitalists are not really a good fit for funding the startup or smal…
    - 89 days ago, 22 Aug 19, 9:12am -
  • Does the Business Credit Card Affect Personal Credit Scores?

    Does the Business Credit Card Affect Personal Credit Scores?

    If you are trying to keep your startup finances separate from personal finances, you might be disappointed.  It is because the effects of your business credit card often show up on your personal credit score. Even if your business faces hardship or…
    - 96 days ago, 15 Aug 19, 8:29am -

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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