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Zoosk Disney heroines meet their demise in photographer Thomas Czarnecki's take on fairytale endings By Jennifer Madison Updated: 09:45 GMT, 8 February 2012 Disney princesses don't always live happily ever after. At least, not in Thomas Czarnecki's twisted world. The French photographer's series, 'From Enchantment to Down', includes alternate endings for The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, and other saccharine heroines. But in his re-imagining, the women meet their demise. A twisted ending: 'The Little Mermaid - On the other Shore', from Thomas Czarnecki's photo series, 'From Enchantment to Down' It's past midnight: Cinderella's glass slipper sits at the top of the stairs in 'Cinderella - Too Fast' Was it the big bad wolf? Crime scene: Alice appears tethered to a chair in an abandoned basement next to the white rabbit in 'Alice - Just a Trap' The Queen got her wish: Yet another heroine was taken by surprise in 'Snow White - My Sweet Prince' Caught: A huntsman takes a beauty as his prize in 'Pocahontas - One More Trophy' Did the genie do it?

Superangel-ISAI ISAI, a superangel fund started by some of France's most experienced internet entrepreneurs, announced that it has closed his first fund, of 25 million euros (~$33 million). What sets ISAI apart is that it is "by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs" and that it plans to invest in round sizes between business angels and traditional VCs. It will try to be the lead investor in a startup's first round and might follow on in a VC Series A. They plan to do one investment per quarter. A big trend in early stage investing in general and in France in particular is the rise of so-called "superangels," either groups or individuals, often experienced entrepreneurs themselves, who invest in startups as business angels but with the financial firepower of VC. What really sets ISAI apart from other venture investment firms is that they raised only a minority of the fund from institutions. Join the conversation about this story » See Also:

Floodgate Fund: Opening the Gates to Success Meeting with a VC | bijansabet.com Much has been written about the VC process over the years. The best VC and founder blogs have a done an amazing job at shedding some light and advice on a process that had previously been mysterious and confusing. Some of the important ways to prepare are to choose your VC targets wisely, do they have the same style as you do, do they share your vision, check references, and be clear about your objectives in the meeting. Partnering with a VC is a big one and should not be considered lightly. Yesterday, Mark Suster shared his thoughts about how to best prepare for the actual meeting itself. I like Mark a lot, he has a terrific blog and I usually agree with much of his advice. His post nails a number of important things like: what is a VC looking for? Above all – the quality & potential of the team Exactly. But there are a couple things in this particular post that don’t work for me personally (every VC is different!). So true.

Flybridge Venture Capital The Top Five Crowdsourcing Mega-trends I had my eyes opened to the massive growth of the crowdsourcing industry at a SXSW panel earlier this year. Ever since then, I have been looking for an opportunity to bring more information on this trend to {grow}. I’m fortunate today to have an expert on the subject, David Bratvold, provide a guest post: If you’re not yet familiar with crowdsourcing, it’s a new work process that involves getting a crowd of people to help with a task typically performed by one employee or contractor. Imagine needing a new logo for your business. While this is a common example, today crowdsourcing extends far beyond simple graphic design and can be broken down into four main subcategories: Microtasks – Taking a project and breaking it into tiny bits as seen on Amazon’s Mechanical Turk (“the online marketplace for work.”). (For a more thorough explanation, read “What is Crowdsourcing.”) As the early stages of crowdsourcing continue to gain momentum, there are a few megatrends worth keeping your eye on.

TheFunded.com: The Resource for Entrepreneurs. Going to Raise VC? Here’s a Primer on Process, People & Powerpoint Deck If you want a very quick primer on all the stuff nobody ever tells you about raising venture capital check out this video where Mark Jeffrey & I break it down on This Week in VC. A summary of what we discussed is below: Not 100% in order of the video, but close. All of this is covered in more detail on the TWiVC video above (and much of it is covered in text on this blog on the “Raising VC” tab) 1. Will a VC sign an NDA (non-disclosure agreement)? 2. Meet with one person from the firm – partner or associate. 3. 1 or more can attend first meeting depending on strength of your team. 4. 5. 6. Bio of top 3 people in the company. You can vary from this but these are the key themes are the ones you need to cover. The “exit” slide is controversial but as I discuss in the video – necessary no matter what anybody else tells you.

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