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This I Know for Sure: It’s Important to Always Be Creating Value (ABCV)

When I was two years old, my mother, baby brother, and I flew to America from Taiwan to join my father who was already there working to obtain his graduate degrees. Two more kids came…

The Differences Between Early-Stage Funding and Late-Stage Funding for Energy Startups

As you’re seeking out funding for your business, you may go through several stages — and each one looks a little different. Early-stage fundraising will be drastically different from your late-stage funding efforts, too. As…

Learning To Learn Again in 2022

Don’t let old ways of thinking interfere with your startup. Learning to learn again — especially with these books and podcasts — will help you operate in the new world. As the CEO and Chief…

The Most Exciting Tools for Startups in 2022

Apps, workflow tools, and the right decision-making processes will make your startup more agile in 2022. We tend to believe the big dogs of enterprise have the best tools and tech. After all, those big…

On Outsourcing the MVP

Don’t let your MVP be the stumbling block that breaks your startup before things get rolling. New businesses are founded every day in America. But sadly, most will never see the light of day (even…

Understanding the Valuation Math on the VC Term Sheet

Let’s pretend for a minute that the economy we’ve known and understood for the past ten years is back: we’re allowed out of the house, business is booming, and you’re ready to take your show…

The Latest Changes in VC Deal Terms — Good Governance

I learned long ago that creating a culture of integrity and transparency within an organization starts by setting up a good governance structure from the beginning. I am not a control freak. However, I expect…

The Latest Changes in VC Deal Terms — Pay-to-Play

I’ve always told founders and investors alike that, while the term sheet is the Holy Grail for entrepreneurs, not all the terms are created equal. I discussed term sheets in this post in my series about the…

The Latest Changes in VC Deal Terms — Liquidation Preferences

Liquidation preferences are a crucial aspect of negotiating the terms of your VC deal. They are as important as your company’s valuation (and I discuss more about valuation here). A liquidation preference is an economic provision…

The Latest Changes in VC Deal Terms — Understanding the Term Sheet

Entrepreneurs are brilliant innovators, but they may find themselves little more than upscale panhandlers when they’re ready to get their product or concept to market. Enter the fairy godmother — the venture capitalist — bursting…