StartupNation Home » StartupNation Why Convertible Notes Are Sometimes Terrible For Startups Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Mark Suster (@msuster), a 2x entrepreneur, now VC at GRP Partners. Read more about Suster on his Startup Advice blog: Both Sides of the Table Ah. I applaud all efforts by people to take on this issue and especially be Adeo who – let’s be honest – was really the first champion of trying to make the VC world more transparent by launching TheFunded, which didn’t exactly endear him to VCs initially. My initial reaction to Adeo when we spoke was that while it may have solved some issues (debt versus equity) it didn’t solve the ones that I’ve been warning entrepreneurs about most loudly. To better understand the arguments for / against convertible equity I suggest you read my posts on those topics: So let me weigh in more loudly than in the past. “What if I took some of the worst, most egregious terms in a standard term sheet and made them the defacto standard in most convertible debt deals? Yup. But how? I think both points-of-view were a bit naive. Yup! 1.
emprendeGO - Un concurso de ideas innovadoras. Una apuesta por el emprendedor. Startup Tips From Serial Entrepreneur Loic Le Meur For those who follow emerging technology, serial entrepreneur Loic Le Meur is a household name. In 1999, he sold his first technology company, RapidSite, to France Telecom. Following a successful exit, he jumped back in with Tekora in 2000. In 2003, he purchased Ublog, a French blog hosting company and merged it with Six Apart in 2004. He started Le Web, a conference that he says "brings Silicon Valley to Europe." "Sometimes you try to be successful at one thing, and [you] focus on that, and then success happens somewhere else," Loic says. Loic's most recent venture is Seesmic, which he started in 2007 after moving to San Francisco.
Strategyzer: Your Business Model Toolbox Watch Your Widgets There is great leadership thought around the possibilities that may exist for real estate widgets or apps. Very small teams of developers may be able to invent fantastic software that fills a diverse set of niche needs across the real estate industry. One cannot help but to be amazed at the explosion of applications for the iPhone or the Android or other mobile devices. Bringing that type of creativity to the Million-strong real estate community is very viable. Contrast this open product universe with the perceived monopolies of our industry today. Here is the rub… Have you ever noticed what happens when you put an app on your iPhone? Think for a moment about the “private and confidential” data that REALTORS® and the MLS handle. Help Me! Ever call for support on an app that you downloaded to your phone? Kudos to Apple and Spark I must submit a kudo to Apple. It is no wonder that neither CoreLogic or LPS have opened up the widget gallery in Fusion or reInsight to third party developers.
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Fan Page List - The List of Official Facebook Fan Pages & Twitter Users The Shakespearean Guide to Entrepreneurship Photo by JustABoy Everyone knows Shakespeare is the greatest writer in the English language. But did you know he was also a highly successful entrepreneur? Like Dick Whittington, the young Shakespeare left his rural home town to seek his fortune in London. In the course of his career in the great city, Shakespeare became a shareholder in an acting troupe called the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, who beat off fierce competition to become the most famous and successful theatre company in the land. This story doesn’t quite fit the Romantic image of the starving artist or the poet wandering lonely as a cloud – but Shakespeare lived 200 years before Romanticism, so perhaps we can forgive him. In fact, if you ask me, entrepreneurship was not only compatible with Shakespeare’s art, it made him a better writer. The Problem with Working for Hire Do you recognise these lines? Don’t worry if they don’t ring a bell for you – you’re in the majority. But in Shakespeare’s day the poem was a bestseller. 1. 2. 3.