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A Very Unique M&A Deal Terms Study

I read a lot of M&A deal term summaries.  While I really appreciate the knowledge gleaned from these reports, they all suffer from the same problems:  They are usually biased toward publically filed transactions and those particular deals serviced by the particular bank or law firm whom is author of the report. Today, Shareholder Representative…

Boulder’s First FounderMatch Event

One of the questions that I’m asked the most is “how do I find a business partner in Boulder?”  I always liken it to dating – it’s really not that much different.  Thanks to the hard work of Tracy DeCicco, we now have a founder matching event in Boulder. Here are the details: Come Meet…

Want an Introduction to one of our Portfolio Companies? Here is what NOT to Do

I’m asked all the time to play matchmaker between folks and companies that we’ve invested in.  Sometimes it’s someone looking for a job, sometimes it’s one company looking to partner with one of our investments and other times it’s something completely different.  I’m always happy to do so long as I think it could be…

Keep Things Simple

Today, I was called for jury duty.  Upon arrival, we sat for 30 minutes, then we watched a 12 minute video for juror orientation. The voiceover kept cracking me up, however, as they were unable to pronounce “voir dire” correctly.  (Think “vor dire” as in Dire Straits).  If you don’t believe me, watch the video….

Looking for a Part-Time Operations Person

I’m looking for a Boulder/Denver based operations person to work part time with one of our companies.  Depending upon successful engagement, it could turn out to be for more than one company. Basic qualifications: 1. Strong finance ability.  Not CFO, level, but able to keep 100% of the books of a small startup; 2. HR. …

How To Wind Down Your Company – New Series

Of the most popular posts that Brad and I have created are our series on Term Sheets, Compensation, and Mergers and Acquisitions.  One of the subjects that we’ve wanted to tackle has been the dissolution of companies.  It’s never fun to think about failure, but it happens a lot. I recently gave an interview about…

Healthy Ways to Tighten the Corporate Belt

My friend Amy Hartman, who recently started her own law firm specializing in employment matters wrote a great piece called "Feel the Burn." It’s a very informative, yet easy to read piece on strategies for cutting your company’s burn rate during these challenging times. Most of her advice is with her employment law hat on,…

How Do I Deal With The Press?

The other day, I was chatting with a local venture capitalist who remarked that Foundry Group has received some nice press coverage during our first year of existence.  While true and absolutely appreciated, I am smart enough to realize that the press can turn on a dime.  Who is today’s darling might very well be…