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  • newHard 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…
    - 5 hours ago, 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…
    - 27 days ago, 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…
    - 43 days ago, 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 -
  • 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…
    - 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 -

Financing for Food

  • newHow are things in New Zealand during the COVID-19 pandemic? An update
    Every time I start writing this update I hesitate because… it feels like gloating, and I don’t want to do that at a time when so many people are suffering. We are so so privileged on a normal day, even more so to be in New Zealand, and even more…
    - 2 hours ago, 1 Apr 20, 11:55pm -
  • newThese are generous times: a poem and some offerings from my favorite yoga teachers

    These are generous times: a poem and some offerings from my favorite yoga teachers

    As tempting as it may be to focus on what’s falling apart, I’m in awe of the generosity I’ve experienced and witnessed lately, and doing my best to pay it forward. Even After All this time The Sun never says To the Earth, “You owe me.” Look…
    - 4 hours ago, 1 Apr 20, 10:00pm -
  • Guitarist & bassist / backup singer seeking other half of our garagey punk indie band (and other blasts from the past)
    I just rediscovered some long-lost recordings of a garage band I used to play with: Clearly we needed more practice, ha, but we had a lot of fun! After the above band had broken up, my guitar-wielding friend Mike and I put this ad up on craigslist. W…
    - 28 days ago, 5 Mar 20, 1:54am -
  • On the possibility of integrating past identities
    I’ve been thinking about the difference between trying to let go of past identities I’ve held dear, vs somehow integrating them. An example of a past identity: throughout my high school and college years I obsessed about becoming a climbing bum,…
    - 44 days ago, 18 Feb 20, 1:53am -
  • What’s your Printery?

    What’s your Printery?

    I love everything this video reveals about this man, his vision, his spirit, his work in the world… Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr, please take my money! You will not get a degree You will not go into extraordinary debt You will print all day, every day You…
    - 68 days ago, 24 Jan 20, 4:05pm -
  • How being American in New Zealand shines some light on the Commonwealth

    How being American in New Zealand shines some light on the Commonwealth

    Toward the end of a yoga class I was attending this morning, the sounds of a very exuberant… school band? church band? began wafting in from the building directly across the street. Crashing cymbals, clunky piano, and off-key singing, oh my! Our te…
    - 74 days ago, 18 Jan 20, 7:19pm -
  • Where there’s smoke…

    Where there’s smoke…

    At 3pm the Auckland sky has gone dark with an eerie, apocalyptic orange glow. Skies will be starting to turn orange in the North Island as bushfire smoke moves across. ^Tahlia pic.twitter.com/DJ6VTNklBp — MetService (@MetService) January 5, 2020 As…
    - 88 days ago, 4 Jan 20, 9:09pm -
  • Family affairs: This Be The Verse
    My brother and I, who have both chosen not to have children of our own, recently received an email from my mother. “Poem for you,” read the subject, and inside, only this link. No introduction, no context, even after I inquired. I’m learning it…
    - 15 Dec 19, 7:47pm -
  • Opening the doors of the heart – a beautiful talk on kindness from Mary Grace Orr
    It’s now been ten years since I attended my first Buddhist meditation retreat. The topic of the six-day retreat at Spirit Rock Meditation Center was Opening the Doors of the Heart, and we spent the majority of that time in glorious silence, whether…
    - 19 Nov 19, 6:22pm -
  • 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…
    - 8 Nov 19, 4:30pm -

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Funded's Blog

  • How to Get Your Startup Off the Ground

    How to Get Your Startup Off the Ground

    Do you have a great idea? Is it your desire to become the next renowned business tycoon? Plans are good, but everyone has them. There’s a big difference between having a great idea and starting/running a successful startup company?If you firmly b…
    - 3 days ago, 30 Mar 20, 10:23am -
  • Tips To Engage People in a Conversation

    Tips To Engage People in a Conversation

    Engaging in conversation, especially when you have to start it, can be nerve-wracking. If you want to start talking to people around you or make some new friends, then you need to work on your conversational skills. Good thing you are reading this a…
    - 26 days ago, 7 Mar 20, 7:34am -
  • How to Increase Your Work Productivity

    How to Increase Your Work Productivity

    Have you been complaining about how your day seems spiral out of control? You start your workday feeling a 100 with a goal, plan, and list, but at the end of the day, you are unable to accomplish most of the items on your list. There are days when c…
    - 41 days ago, 20 Feb 20, 12:56pm -
  • Things that can Damage Your Business Credit

    Things that can Damage Your Business Credit

    Many of us have this dream of becoming self-employed. One way to turn this dream into reality is to use your savings as investments to run a successful business. Part of accomplishing this goal is making your financial standing-worthy. No doubt, sta…
    - 55 days ago, 6 Feb 20, 1:48pm -
  • Pros and Cons of Social Media Marketing for Business

    Pros and Cons of Social Media Marketing for Business

    In the lastdecade, social media grew exponentially from being a digital channel forinteracting with others into a powerful digital marketing tool for businesses. With over 3.5 billion daily active social media users, there’s really no limit to…
    - 69 days ago, 24 Jan 20, 12:08pm -
  • How to Build a Successful Online Business in 2020

    How to Build a Successful Online Business in 2020

    Have you decided to ditch your 9 to 5 job in favor of an online business, such as an e-commerce website or a blogging business? Or have you decided to take up an online business as a side hustle to complement your 9-5 job, and rake in extra cash? Wh…
    - 78 days ago, 15 Jan 20, 8:49am -
  • 5Ps for Marketing your Home Business

    5Ps for Marketing your Home Business

    Running a home-based business comes with several benefits, among which include being your boss, choosing where to work from, and setting your hours. However, this does not mean it does not come with some challenges. You only experience success with…
    - 93 days ago, 31 Dec 19, 8:52am -
  • 7 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a Laptop

    7 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a Laptop

    Even if you’ve owned a laptop and know what features you want, you are still not immune to some of the common laptop buying mistakes. This is thanks to the ever-changing technology. As our needs for technology changes, so do our hardware requireme…
    - 15 Dec 19, 10:20am -
  • 5 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,…
    - 22 Nov 19, 11:13am -
  • 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…
    - 15 Nov 19, 11:20am -

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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