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Wanted – Colorado-based Entrepreneur to Pitch My Me at Class

I co-teach a class at the University of Colorado Law School called “VC 360.”  We have MBA, Engineering and JD candidates and the course deals with all things in the entrepreneurial / venture ecosystem. Each year, we have a pitch day where one entrepreneur comes in and pitches me.  The students get to watch.  The…

The “VC Bargain”

With the recently announced acquisition of our portfolio company MakerBot, the conversation invariably turns to “was this the best time for the company to sell?” It’s a question that is asked every time a company sells and it usually creates a lot of noise by people whose opinions are usually misinformed and even more so,…

Calling All Angels – Fort Collins Version

Three keys to a building a strong ecosystem for startups are: (1) entrepreneurs; (2) technology; and (3) investors.   For a long time, newer entrepreneurial communities have relied on the first two segments to attract the third.  We are now realizing that to sustain and grow a vibrant entrepreneurial community, we need to support all three….

Venture Summit | West: Wrongly Charging Entrepreneurs to Pitch VCs

What is old is new.  Entrepreneurs  are stil being asked to pay to pitch.  It’s WRONG. Two and a half years ago, I wrote a post about a Boston group trying to charge entrepreneurs $4500 to pitch venture capitalists at an event.  Many in the startup community were appalled by this especially folks like Jason Calacanis who created…

Why is Everyone Hatin’ on Form D?

More and more I’ve been hearing about companies not filing Form D’s in conjunction with their financings.  The reason:  We don’t want the press picking up on our fundraising / we want to control the message / we are stealth, etc. This post isn’t about the value of being stealth.  I’ve always thought stealth mode…

For the Best Chance of Getting Funded, Move Your Startup to Colorado

From website FormDs.com, this is a somewhat surprising map of Form Ds from the last year by state.  Form Ds are filed when a company raises money, so it’s a great proxy of where companies are getting funded.  (The original map can be found here). You’ll note that per million people, Colorado is in the…

Great Business Plan Competition in Michigan

Have a great company in Michigan that needs funding?  In what is the largest award that I know of, Accelerate Michigan is offering $500,000 to the winning team.  And if you company isn’t in Michigan, but you want to move there, you are eligible.  Ann Arbor is still one of my favorite cities. Here is…

Looking for an Entrepreneur to Pitch My CU Class

I’m looking for a local entrepreneur to pitch their business in front of my VC 360 class that I teach.  The class is held at the University of Colorado Law School and is comprised of both law and business school graduate students. The class is October 25th from 8am to 9:15am.  The format would be…

The Convertible Debt Debate – An ex-Lawyer’s Twist on the Argument

Today, my partner Seth wrote a great piece on the merits of early-stage startups raising convertible debt rounds versus traditional preferred stock equity structures.  The piece was inspired by Paul Graham’s recent tweet that said:  “Convertible notes have won. Every investment so far in this YC batch (and there have been a lot) has been…