Archive for September, 2013

How to Raise Money

September 26th, 2013 - Write a comment »

By Paul Graham Most startups that raise money do it more than once. A typical trajectory might be (1) to get started with a few tens of thousands from something like Y Combinator or individual angels, then (2) raise a …

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They Looked Great on Paper…

September 23rd, 2013 - Comments Off on They Looked Great on Paper…

It happens all the time: someone looks great on paper, stands out in an interview and then joins the company and things don’t go according to plan. Their skills aren’t really a match, their experience isn’t translating, and they are …

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Founders Need to Take Risks

September 16th, 2013 - Comments Off on Founders Need to Take Risks

I have a negative visceral reaction to people who don’t want to take any risk—especially to founders at a new startup, where everyone involved is taking risks. As an investor, I’m looking for entrepreneurs who are willing to take the …

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Why Everybody’s Going Freelance

September 12th, 2013 - Write a comment »

By Drake Baer More Americans are declaring their independence: as in the 17 million that self-indentified as independent workers–as in freelancers, temps, self-employed consultants and the like–as of May 2013, up 10% from 2011. That’s according to MBO Partners, who …

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Team and Product are More Important

September 9th, 2013 - Comments Off on Team and Product are More Important

I’m completely biased. I think Silicon Valley, where I live and work, is the epicenter of technology innovation. It is to entrepreneurs what Hollywood is for film and New York is to finance. Entrepreneurs are drawn to this area, and for …

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