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The Operations of Fundraising Part II

A few days ago, I published a post on the importance of setting up internal processes for fundraising.  Part II focuses on identifying the correct potential firms, interacting with them during the process, and finally closing the deal.  Let’s jump in. Raising capital, like any sales process, becomes easier when you identify the proper targets ...continue


The Operations of Fundraising Part 1

Inspired by recent conversations with aspiring entrepreneurs and the questions they asked, I’ve been posting recently on topics that are useful during the fundraising process. I’ve covered storytelling as a tool to help others emotionally engage with the business and displaying empathy for users via a heightened degree of customer knowledge.  Here, I’ll cover more ...continue


Demonstrating Deep Customer Knowledge

This week, behavioral economist Richard Thaler won the Nobel Prize in Economics. Thaler is best known for his work for disproving the traditional assumption that people make completely rational economic choices. If you’re a founder and not interested in behavioral economics, you should be.  A great place to start is Dan Ariely’s Predictably Irrational. A ...continue


Why Convertible Notes Hinder Growth In Underserved Ecosystems

Recently, CrunchBase published a new case study on early-stage funding including the different types of deal structures, priced (equity) and unpriced (convertible notes or SAFES).  The post was a useful, if very high level, overview of the early-stage funding process.  However, due to this simplicity, the article painted a naive picture of how unpriced rounds often work ...continue


Accelerating the Texas Flywheel

Yesterday, Capital Factory CEO Joshua Baer announced a partnership with The Dallas Entrepreneur Center to bring Texas’ biggest accelerator to Dallas.  In his post, The Texas Startup Manifesto, Baer proposed a “Texas startup Megatropolis” combining Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. The vision is exciting and highlights many of Texas’ obvious strengths: Growing at a ...continue


Resources for Entrepreneurs

Since our work is primarily focused in areas where the startup ecosystems are just beginning to grow, we often get questions that have been answered by more veteran investors or founders in more established markets.  Inspired by John Gannon’s blog and instead of finding them one-by-one in my bookmarks, I’ve decided to start compiling them ...continue


Non-Tech Firms Changing Startup Business Models

A few days ago Hunter Walk (quickly becoming one of my favorite VC blogs to read) posted a blog on the new reality that is non-tech firms being more frequent acquirers of startups than tech companies. Yesterday, CB Insights did the same putting the spotlight on several of the companies that exited to traditional companies with ...continue


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