Tag Archives: startup

Of Mice and Mentors

There are a ton of positives that mentors provide startups, as no one person innately has the skill set and/or experience to run a successful company. But if there is an incubator bubble, does that beget a mentor bubble? Mentors at incubators should be in it strictly to pay it forward and most certainly are. […]

Non-Dilution Rights are Wrong

I hate non-dilution rights and if you are an entrepreneur you should, too. I’m not talking about price-based anti-dilution protection that is typical in an angel or VC round. What I’m referring to is a right given to a particular stockholder so that such stockholder’s equity in the company is not diluted by any future […]

Term Sheet Purgatory

There’s a lot of advice about (1) how to attract VCs, and (2) how to negotiate a venture capital term sheet. Both sets of advice tend to ignore the gap between an investor’s expression of investment interest and your startup’s receipt of the term sheet. I refer to this waiting period as “term sheet purgatory.” […]

Key Ring is Hiring

Key Ring is a mobile app by Mobestream Media on both iPhone and Android that brings all your loyalty cards together. You use Key Ring to scan & store your existing loyalty cards, enroll in new loyalty programs, and access exclusive coupons and discounts. This Dallas-based startup is looking for people to fill the following […]

November Rain

Axl Rose began working on November Rain in 1983 — a full 8 years before it was released by Guns N’ Roses. Axl came up with a piano-only version of the song early, but by the time 1991 rolled around November Rain was a full-blown hair metal power ballad. Axl realized that what might have […]

Why Finders Are Losers

Whenever a startup considers paying a “finder” for successful investor introductions, I have the same type of conversation with the founders that goes something like this: – Startup: “Finder” knows a lot of investors and he’ll introduce us if we pay him [6]% of all capital raised through the introductions. Me: Is “finder” a registered […]