December 2018

50 CENT
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“I took quarter-water, sold it in bottles for two bucks. Coca-Cola came and bought it for billions. What the ***!” (This Post is best received while listening to “I get money” by 50 cents). In May 2007, the Coca-Cola Company...
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WHAT IS A GROWTH STAGE COMPANY
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Most investors want “Growth stage” companies NOT startups or “early stage.” There are probably 10 growth stage investors for every 1 early stage. This is why raising from yourself, then FFF and then Angel investors to go from idea to...
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EARLY STAGE
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INVESTORS: Not all tech investments are the same risk, same timeline for returns and same potential return profile. Early stage is the riskiest of all tech investment stages. Then growth and then late stage. Know the stage you are in...
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DECISION MAKING
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Took me 30 years to learn this and it’s one of the first things I tell my mentees about how to “manage their decision-making process.” WHO’S DRIVING THE CAR? When I was a boy, I made a lot of mistakes,...
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VISION
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Having a vision is as important as putting in work. This day was very important to me, I spoke at @uncf_la fundraiser explaining to donors that an investment in UNCF has a multiplier for generations because guys like me who didn’t have...
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ANGEL, MICRO-VC, VC, WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
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I think it’s become trendy to solely blame Silicon Valley for minorities not getting funded. But those in the industry know it’s more complicated than that. Understanding how fundraising and Silicon Valley works will shed some light in the real...
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QUESTIONS TO ASK VC’S
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Now that you’ve finally gotten a VC on the phone for your startup what questions do you ask?! Here is a list of must ask questions to help you understand the process, move forward & close the deal. Remember -...
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WHAT TO EXPECT FROM DUE DILIGENCE
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Congratulations you are a founder and investors expressed interest in your round! Now what? How do they verify everything you “claimed” was true in your deck? DUE DILIGENCE! If you are one of the 40+ athletes/entertainers we have been doing...
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VIN DIESEL
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I’ve spent a lot of time with athletes and rappers the last 8 years investing in companies and trying to get influencers more ownership to generate passive income. And we’ve made a lot of money doing it. Not until the...
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YOUTH EDUCATION
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ME: “If anyone can tell me what a stock is I’ll give you “$1000 right now.” THEM: super excited but don’t know. ME: “if anyone can tell me what a bond is I’ll give you $5000 right now.” THEM: going...
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