CAPITAL

THE TEAM
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I very rarely see a strong team for most startups. It’s as important as a strong founder. I want to talk about the team you need for starting a business VS the team you need for building a business. Hopefully,...
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FINANCIALS
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This is where a lot of startups/founders fall short so I wanted to spend some time discussing what you need to present to Investors in order to have a shot at raising money. The best phrase to describe how your...
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RADPAD
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There are no shortcuts in this tech thing. Especially for those who are looking to hack customer acquisition or steal business from your competitors. Let me share some of our losses (which are north of 50+ companies!). When we invested...
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BLUE BOX
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Founders! Have a major problem in the market you are solving that is in a growing market, strong management team, and scalable? Then study and follow the Bluebox model. We invested in Bluebox at $90mm valuation, Preferred, Series A in...
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PILL PACK
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In September 2014 we invested $25k in online prescription drug delivery service PillPack. This was their Series B, pre-Money was $30m and Accel led the round. Four years later they are acquired for just under $1bn. Did you know that...
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BOARD MEMBERS
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I like to think of the board of startups Like the single most valuable aspect of the business next to the CEO. They can either help you raise money, introduce you to clients, help you navigate tough decisions, pivot the...
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MENTORS
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Has anyone ever taught you how to properly identify, engage, and get the most out of a “mentor?” I have over a dozen mentees and I have several mentors, here are the lessons I learned. Hopefully, it helps some of...
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ADVISORS
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Every successful company and entrepreneur needs strong advisors. Period! There is no way you can be great at everything but bringing in experts to advise where you are weak can make or break your company. Here are the top 5...
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SOFTWARE
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Investing in software companies has always been the #1 sector for me for the last 8 years. But how do you know how one company stacks up to competitors? One industry rule we have is "The Rule of 40% For a Healthy...
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LIFESTYLE BRANDS
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I really like “Lifestyle Brands.” Through excellent marketing, lifestyle brands have been able to convince people that any product or endorsement of that brand will reinforce or amplify that customer’s shared brand identity. That’s genius! Insane customer loyalty and affinity....
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