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Convertible Notes and Valuation Caps

13 Oct

I’m still really new to the raising money game. I’ve read and researched a lot about it, but just now getting into actually doing it. There’s so much to learn and know about it, it’s refreshing to run across blog posts that clearly explain the core pieces to some deals. Martin Kleppmann does exactly that with convertible notes and valuation caps here: http://martin.kleppmann.com/2010/05/05/valuation-caps-on-convertible-notes-explained-with-graphs.html

Great Tips for Your Web-based Startup

10 Oct

This video is nearly three years old, but it’s a classic. David Heinemeier Hansson, better known as DHH on the interwebs, is cofounder of 37 Signals, a very successful web-based company that sells productivity software. If you’re looking for project management software, I highly recommend Basecamp. Anyways… in this video, David talks about what they’ve learned taking 37 Signals from a small startup to a company that plays with some of the big dogs. It’s well worth the 30 minutes of your time it’ll take to watch it all.

New TechStars Startup Accelerator Program

13 Sep

If  you’ve talked to me much at all about entrepreneurship, you’ve probably heard me mention startup accelerators such as TechStars and YCombinator. These programs take in only a handful of early-stage technology startup companies each year. They put the companies through a 2-3 month intensive mentoring program. At the end of the program, each of the companies have an opportunity to pitch a large group of investors at each programs’ “demo day”.

TechStars has announced they are starting a new program in San Antonio, TX that focuses on cloud-computing and infrastructure companies. So, if you have an idea along those lines, you should definitely check it out. A word of warning, TechStars invest heavily into the team that submits ideas, and not so much the idea itself. So make sure you apply with a creative, motivated and talented team. Read more here: http://techcrunch.com/2011/09/13/techstars-launches-cloud-startup-accelerator-bonus-new-trailer-of-its-reality-tv-show/