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Taking the Haircut

It’s a proud day when you receive your first round of funding.  Each subsequent round helps build your dream, but at a cost.  As commitments are made, do you take the time to think about how much company you now own?  BothSidesofTheTable.com put together this infographic on…

Writing an Executive Summary

Key to any early stage fundraising effort is a well-crafted Executive Summary, or Exec Summary. This succinct document describes your new venture and preemptively addresses fundamental questions that prospective investors will have. I have read hundreds of executive summaries over the years. And, the few good ones…

A Business Plan For Your Life (And Your Death)

A great estate plan is like a business plan for yourself and those most important to you. Just as a business plan is a road map to long-term success, an estate plan is a road map to achieving peace of mind for your family and perhaps even your business partners. As we have heard many times before, there is no escaping death and taxes, so we might as well plan for both. And yet, when we work with founders, we often find that they are so consumed with running their businesses that their estate plans—their “personal” business plans—are in disarray or nonexistent. Below are a few pointers to help you begin to chart a course in estate planning.

Identifying Employees for Your Startup

The right employees help your startup rise to the top. Identifying those employees early can save time and money. The infographic below created by FocusHR points out some of the innovative strategies companies like Zappos and Google employ to find dedicated employees and create a collaborative work environment.

Popular Tools for the Entrepreneur

Starting any successful business requires having the right tools, but knowing which ones are right for you can be the challenge.  BestVendor surveyed 550 startups, each with up to 100 employees, to find what they have in their kit.  The results are in this infographic.

Anatomy of a Startup Cap. Table

One of the first steps in forming a startup, even before any documents are drafted or signed, is creating a capitalization or “cap.” table illustrating the ownership of the company. As companies grow and issue more stock to raise capital or compensate employees, their cap. tables can…

How to Prepare for and Win a Pitch Competition

The second annual SXSW V2Venture pitch competition took place on Wednesday, July 16 in Las Vegas. During this no-holds-barred, Vegas-style pitch competition, a live audience, along with a panel of expert judges, discovered advancements in various sectors of emerging technology. Following the competition, the winning companies were…

Vesting Basics – What are typical vesting schemes?

In a previous Founder Tip of the Week, I discussed what vesting is. In this Founder Tip of the Week, I will discuss some common vesting schemes. Employees The norm for options granted to employees is that they vest ratably monthly over four years.

Startup Funding 101

Just as an individual founder has their own style when running a company, each has her/his own preferred funding strategy. Check out the infographic below which identifies four funding styles founders typically use to launch and grow their startups.