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The Series A Crunch Survivor's Guide Got a ton of feedback on my email from Christmas Day titled 'There is no Series A crunch.' If headlines, and people's attention spans for them, allowed for completer arguments, the headline could have been expanded to: 'There is no Series A crunch for startups with these characteristics.. The Series A Crunch Survivor's Guide
Matter Ventures CEO Corey Ford and KQED President John Boland Three media nonprofits — Knight Foundation, Public Radio Exchange (PRX), and KQED (you’re on it, bub, no link required) have announced they’re creating a $2.5 million accelerator fund for selected media startups — of the for-profit variety — to tap. It’s called Matter Ventures, based in San Francisco’s SoMa district. Prospective candidates will be able to apply at the web site, which went live today. KQED and Knight Foundation are kicking in $1.25 million each to fund the initiative over two years, potentially taking an equity stake in businesses that develop within the program. PRX will help run the project. Can Public Media Organizations Succeed Seeding Silicon Valley Startups? New Fund to Find Out | KQED News Fix Can Public Media Organizations Succeed Seeding Silicon Valley Startups? New Fund to Find Out | KQED News Fix
Editor’s note: Cherian Thomas is founder and CEO of Cucumbertown, a recipe-publishing platform. Follow him on his blog and Twitter. For entrepreneurs, it is now both easier and harder to raise capital: easier because of powerful platforms like AngelList; harder if you’re not part of an accelerator or don’t have a strong network. Silicon Valley has more startups than ever before. For A Stranger In Silicon Valley, Success Isn’t Only About Who You Know For A Stranger In Silicon Valley, Success Isn’t Only About Who You Know
September 2012 I've done several types of work over the years but I don't know another as counterintuitive as startup investing. The two most important things to understand about startup investing, as a business, are (1) that effectively all the returns are concentrated in a few big winners, and (2) that the best ideas look initially like bad ideas. The first rule I knew intellectually, but didn't really grasp till it happened to us. The total value of the companies we've funded is around 10 billion, give or take a few. Black Swan Farming Black Swan Farming
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This article initially appeared on TechCrunch - with a minor update highlighted in red below. Ah. We’re back to discussing convertible debt again. The Truth About Convertible Debt at Startups and The Hidden Terms You Didn’t Understand The Truth About Convertible Debt at Startups and The Hidden Terms You Didn’t Understand
Convertible Debt Convertible Debt Back in the summer of 2010, I wrote a post outlining why I don't like convertible debt investments. USV does a fair bit of seed investing and we have never done a convertible debt deal (although we have done bridge loans for our existing portfolio companies). My wife, aka Gotham Gal, does a fair bit of seed investing and she has done her share of convertible debt investments, always with a reasonable cap, but she also prefers a priced equity round. Convertible debt is being discussed again, I suspect because valuations are coming down and that is causing some problems, but also because there are folks suggesting improvements on the structure of these deals.
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Former Piper Jaffray executives launch early-stage investment firm - Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal http://www.aviationpros.com/press_release/10855555/aar-extends-recruiting-for-aircraft-mechanics-at-twin-cities-job-fair A group of former Piper Jaffray Co. executives have launched AMP Partners, a new firm looking to make early-stage investments in tech startups. Tech{dot} MN has some details on the new venture, launched by Daren Marhula, Brad England, Mark Donahoe and Chris Palm, who have invested an undisclosed amount of money in the effort. They're looking to make first round, pre-revenue investments in startups and has already made one deal: with HomeVisor, a real-estate-focused startup. Former Piper Jaffray executives launch early-stage investment firm - Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal
Nearly two months ago, AMP Partners was introduced to Minnesota’s tech entrepreneurs. Curious to learn more about where things are at, and if AMP is serious about funding local startups, we connected with partner Daren Marhula to hear it from the source: 1) How would you say things are going so far relative to what was anticipated? Overall, our business at AMP is in-line with our original expectations since launch. dotMN — ‘Less TechCrunch & more reality,’ says local angel investor dotMN — ‘Less TechCrunch & more reality,’ says local angel investor

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Why Are B2B Social Media Firms So Hot? For a handful of enterprise social media firms, 2012 has been a version of 1999. The Great Cash-Out got under way in May when Oracle paid $300 million for Vitrue, a cloud-based firm that mans social media communications for McDonald's, American Express and Gillette, among others. Oracle followed that acquisition by gobbling up social media monitoring firm Collective Intellect for an undisclosed sum in early June. Meanwhile, Salesforce.com paid $745 million for Buddy Media, a Vitrue competitor that counts Ford Motor and Hewlett-Packard among its clients.
VivaKi Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer Rishad Tobaccowala channeled his inner Kafka Wednesday, explaining to a gathering of clients, agency executives, entrepreneurs, VCs, and a couple of journalists why ad agencies have managed to survive, and maybe even thrive, despite incessant proclamations that agencies were dying during his 30 years in the business: “The truth is, agencies are cockroaches.” Tobaccowala, who is known to strike striking metaphors to make a point, likened agencies to roaches, because like the insect, they have proven themselves to adapt and persevere regardless of what is thrown at them. Publications VivaKi's Tobaccowala Debugs Mystery Of Agency Survival: 'We Are Cockroaches' 06/14
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A preacher, 500 startups, and a dream to change it all Dave McClure speaking at the US Embassy in Mexico City. Photo by David E. Weekly It’s around 8:30 on a warm Friday night in Mexico City, and we’re all milling around a podium set up in the lobby of the private residence of the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Earl Anthony Wayne.
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