Month: February 2009

Feb 28 2009

Crash Course on Venture Capital

I’ve received some requests to see the materials from the presentation last week. Video should be arriving at a later date, but for now, here are the slides.

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Feb 23 2009

Hints on Executive Summaries

Sim Simeonov from Polaris Venture Partners has the best post of the day with his post titled For the MIT 100K Participants: Executives SummariesIn it, he shares some of his thoughts on how VC’s engage with executive summaries.  Hint – they don’t cuddle up to them before they fall asleep at night.

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Feb 12 2009

Beers with Brad in Seattle

If you are in Seattle and interested in startups, entrepreneurship, venture capital, or TechStars, Brad will be in Seattle having a party to talk about these topics.  All the details can be found here.  The date is February 25th. 

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Feb 10 2009

Ask the VC Live (Update) and Start Up Drinks

As previous posted, I’m presenting at the University of Colorado a 1.5 hour "crash course" lecture on the VC industry.

There are two updates:

1. The program is February 24th (not 25th, as originally posted) at 5:15 at the CU law school.  You can find more information here

2. Several folks are getting together and re-creating "Boulder Start-up Drinks" after my presentation.  This was a good event that I was sorry to see fade away, so I’m glad that it’s found new life. 

I am still working on getting the presentation recorded in some fashion, as there has been a fair deal of interest.

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Feb 10 2009

Ask the VC Live (Update) and Start Up Drinks

As previous posted, I’m presenting at the University of Colorado a 1.5 hour "crash course" lecture on the VC industry.

There are two updates:

1. The program is February 24th (not 25th, as originally posted) at 5:15 at the CU law school.  You can find more information here

2. Several folks are getting together and re-creating "Boulder Start-up Drinks" after my presentation.  This was a good event that I was sorry to see fade away, so I’m glad that it’s found new life. 

I am still working on getting the presentation recorded in some fashion, as there has been a fair deal of interest.

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Feb 10 2009

Model Seed Documents – Direct From Techstars

Today, our friends at Techstars posted their model forms of seed financing documents.

Techstars worked with Brad, myself and very closely with Cooley Godward Kronish, LLP (and specifically Mike Platt) to put together a set of “Model Seed Funding Documents” that anyone can use.

There are five primary documents in the set:

Of course, these are just example documents so all legal disclaimers about usage apply (e.g. “do with them what you want, but we take no responsibility for your actions.”)  That said, I think these are a great starting point for anyone doing an early stage financing.

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Feb 8 2009

Ask The VC – Live

For those of you in the Boulder/Denver area, I’m giving a 1.5 hour "crash course" lecture on the VC industry. 

The program is February 24th at 5:15 at the CU law school.  You can find more information here

The topics will include everything from what makes VCs tick, who are our bosses, what are things that you can do to improve your chances of receiving funding and things that many VCs don’t want to talk about.  No question is off limits and I hope that it will be a very interactive forum.  Consider this to be a live version of Ask The VC. 

Hope to see you there.

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