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Being A Woman Is Now An Asset For Raising Venture Capital

About a year ago I was on an investor panel with hundreds of women founders in the audience. A woman stood up and asked “What do you recommend to us women who are about to fundraise given the odds are against us?” As this question was asked, the women around the room looked like deer […]

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Founders, You Want to Sell Viagra

Many entrepreneurs need to sell their products to businesses to have businesses themselves — B2B. They have researched the market and built products that solve a lot of pain. Yet, the companies they are trying to sell to are not buying, or are taking a long time to make a decision. Every day without the sale puts […]

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Here’s How To Love Fundraising (And Be Great At It)

Fund raising is not something most entrepreneurs look forward to doing and that may be the understatement of the year. Some fear the rejection, some are concerned about the time suck and the impact it will have on their business, and others are simply nervous because they have never done it before. Some entrepreneurs get […]

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Is “AI” the new “dot com”?

Before you go out and build a bot, think about this… A hefty percentage of the pitches I have seen in the last year include the wordsbot, AI or conversational commerce. I am completely enamored of this technology and ‘platform’ and welcome all pitches on the subject.  However, it feels as if many businesses are […]

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20 Minute VC: Jenny Lefcourt

In Today’s Episode You Will Learn: 1.) How did Jenny made his way into VC from founding and exiting 2 startups? 2.) What were the differences in raising money as a founder and as a VC? What learnings as a founder did Jenny have that have helped her move into VC? 3.) How have the […]

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I’m not perfect so STFU

I don’t really know Tony Fadell but I suspect he is a visionary and creative leader, but I am going to pick on him a little. Oh and I also don’t know all the circumstances around the commentary on him and Nest coming from within and outside of google/Nest. So here we go. Owning our […]

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Don’t Even Think about Becoming a VC

at least not yet. I was at Duke interviewing students for a new Freestyle internship program and several students disclosed that they wanted to intern at Freestyle vs our portfolio cos. I cocked my head, smirked and asked “Why”. I heard: “I want to have my hands in lots of pies” “I want to pick […]

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Entrepreneurs: Find Your Yes

“Sorry, this isn’t a match.” “No, I like radio just as it is.” “I’m not a believer in streaming audio.” “I’m a pass.” This was what we heard, in one form or another, 43 times by the spring of 1997 after attempting to raise funding for TheDJ, the first Internet radio service. But first let’s […]

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AUTHENTICITY DAMMIT

Dear Founders, There is a race among companies and social networkers to display ever-increasing transparency to all audiences. The confusion betweentransparency and authenticity is starting to give the latter a bad name and that’s a damn shame. The origin of authenticity. It’s likely that Descartes was the first to introduce the expression and he believed […]

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The Bored Room

Dear Founders, Seed stage boards are way overrated. Too much energy between Founder and Investor is wasted negotiating, preparing, approving, calendering, etc. If you need a board meeting to force you to be strategic or elicit engagement from your deadbeat Investors then you have bigger problems. Here are some common Seed Board myths. The Board […]

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