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Getting CTO to Do Load Testing

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Posted by Anonymous on 2013-08-29

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Fund: Gemini Israel Funds

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Gemini is one of these VC that like to waist Companies time in a long and tedious process only to give you a no answer which could be given after the first 10 minutes of the first meeting, like we do not invest in this market segment.

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How to Price an Enterprise S/W Deal When Benefit is Extreme?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2013-08-17

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Health Tech Capital (Healthtech Capital) Legit or Posers? Anne Degheest

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Letter of Intent

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Is It Remotely Possible to Raise Series A/Seed Part Time?

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When Do You Hire a Full Time Developer?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2013-08-12

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Roughly 6 months back my company outsourced the development of our IoS app so that we could create a raw version of our concept to attract investors and awareness in the Golf industry. We have now raised 150K and are looking to raise 350K more in the near future. We are looking to make a few key hires in the very near future to bring people on board with very specific skill-sets. Do you think 150K is enough to comfortably hire a full time developer (I'm thinking 75K and 2% equity) as well someone who can focus on PR and marketing through various social media outlets?

Additionally, does anyone know a quality developer who may be interested in working on a Golf startup full-time??

Thank you in advance for your thoughts

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A Supportive Investor; Aligned on Values

Fund: Ariadne Capital

Posted by Anonymous99 on 2013-08-06

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We have had a positive experience of working with Ariadne - at odds with the (dated) comments below.

Although they're a small fund, Ariadne moved quickly and efficiently through the investment process, were fair and reasonable with the negotiation of terms, and were sensible with the scope of the due diligence they undertook. No complaints.

More generally, Julie Meyer puts a considerable effort into the creation of a more enterprising society in the UK - efforts which should be applauded - and in my experience her motivation is genuine and sincere. It also clearly frames the way Ariadne seeks to work with us - I feel we're aligned on both the vision for our business as well as our values.

On a practical level, Julie is incredibly well networked. Her ability to open high value PR and commercial doors has proved invaluable.

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Right of First Refusal for Strategic Partner (To Acquire the Company)

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Posted by Anonymous on 2013-08-04

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Experiences with Octopus Creative?

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BeforeWeDo Wins 14th Founder Showcase with a Mission to Reduce the $16bn STD Burden in the U.S.

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Posted by jonnystartup on 2013-08-02

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On Wednesday July 17th, BeforeWeDo won the Founder Showcase Pitch Competition in front of 400 investors, founders, and press in Mountain View, CA. Represented onstage by Founder & CEO, Stefan Broda, BeforeWeDo empowers sexually active people to manage your sexual health at home.

Did you know that there are more than 20 million new sexually transmitted infections per year in the U.S. alone, creating a whopping $16 billion annual burden on our health care system?

BeforeWeDo aims to reduce these numbers and curb STDs by making testing less scary. The company offers an online STD resource, personal health web app, and STD testing-kit delivery serivce for you to manage your sexual health at home, removing the embarrasment and hassle of current solutions. Prior to the Showcase, BeforeWeDo also won Bay Area Startup Weekend, Graduated from the Silicon Valley Founder Institute, and was an official partner with San Francisco Pride

Watch Stefan's flawless pitch, and expert Judging Panel feedback from Manu Kumar (K9 Ventures), Noah Doyle (Javelin Venture Partners), Jon Soberg (Blumberg Capital), James Cham (Bloomberg Beta), and Ho Nam (Altos Ventures), below: 

In particular, Stefan received glowing feedback from Noah; 

"I admire the capital efficiency. This is the way healthcare businesses need to be built. Through a market-testing, capital-efficient, iterative fashion, rather than the traditional method of multiple rounds of funding before there is any revenue. You are a new model for the modern healthcare plight." - Noah Doyle, Partner at Javelin Venture Partners

Coming in second place as the official runner-up was Friend Trusted, a web and mobile app that helps people shop and compare home improvment estimates. You can see the video of Co-Founder Brenton Marrelli's pitch here. 

Other companies who presented on stage at the event included:


  • InstaNext: InstaNext Inc provides an enterprise apps platform using a modern approach that makes it possible for large enterprises to stay current with technology.
  • Slidefish: Slidefish simplifies the process of getting feedback on presentations and documents, delivering those documents to any browser on device with any OS while letting you measure document engagement.
  • Pouch: Pouch is a mobile loyalty & marketing application.
  • PriceHub: Don’t overpay for your next used car - use PriceHub to research the real price based on what others really paid.
  • Knightscope: Knightscope is developing self-driving robots to help organizations reduce costs and fight crime more effectively with automated alerts of suspicious behavior.
  • Camperoo: Camperoo makes planning children's activities easier for parents, while giving providers more exposure to parents and campers who have interest in their camps.

    For more information on the Founder Showcase, visit http://foundershowcase.com.

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Who is Doing Early Investing in the Semiconductor Space These Days?

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Posted by innovator94086 on 2013-07-31

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I am trying to help a fellow entrepreneur seeking an angel round for development of a co-processor for handling big data. My background has been 30 years in software related businesses, and I know many VCs and angels who invest in software businesses but I don't know early stage investors in the Semiconductor space. Can anyone point me at a list of top early stage investors in semiconductors?

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Coo Options Questions

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Posted by Anonymous on 2013-07-31

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Fund: SoftTech VC

Posted by olhausler on 2013-07-29

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I have reached out to Jeff asking for advice. He referred me to his partner Charles Hudson, and even though it became clear early on that SoftTechVC would not invest into the industry we're in, Charles took the time talking to me on the phone for almost 30 minutes. He was very open with advice and gave us very valuable insight.

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Icon Venture Partners

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Posted by Anonymous on 2013-07-27

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Qbera Ventures

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Posted by Anonymous on 2013-07-26

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Has Anyone Worked with Tony Karrer

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Posted by Anonymous on 2013-07-19

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Too Many Stories about Pitching..

Fund: Sequoia Capital

Posted by tfjim on 2013-07-19

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How about stories while funded by them? How did they help you grow? Did they make introductions? Are they supportive in providing whatever resources you need? Did they just give you money and stopped there?

Anyone with multiple VC firm experience who can give an objective comparative review is highly appreciated.

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Wired: the Screams of Crushed Startups Echo Across Silicon Valley

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Posted by Anonymous on 2013-07-17

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Gerd Leonhard: Call to Boycott US Tech Companies Over Nsa's Prism Surveillance

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Anyone Can Pitch Onstage at Wednesday's Founder Showcase (20% Off)

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Posted by donAdeo on 2013-07-15

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The 14th Founder Showcase is just hours away, taking place on Wednesday July 17th in Mountain View. This is TheFunded.com's startup pitch and networking event, where we gather great speakers and investors to help early-stage entrepreneurs.

At this event, anyone who purchases a ticket has an opportunity to pitch on stage in front of hundreds of investors, founders, and press.

That’s right. In addition to the six companies who will be competing on stage in the Pitch Competition, all attendees get to participate in the CrowdPitch Competition. All you have to do is purchase a ticket and submit your one-sentence company pitch, and then on Tuesday, July 16th we will select one winner, who will get to pitch for 3 minutes onstage to a panel of experts. No other event offers so much!

Get your tickets before they sell out at http://foundershowcase.com/tickets. Use the code 'friends_of_thefunded' to get a 20% discount.

This event will feature a series of practical, “How-To” workshop talks from leading experts designed to help seed-stage entrepreneurs, including;


  1. "The Six Basic Questions for your Startup", by Phil Libin, Co-Founder & CEO of Evernote
  2. "How to Create Addictive Products, and the Psychology Behind How Products Form User Habits", by Nir Eyal, Acclaimed Business Writer & Advisor
  3. "The Founder Matching Workshop: How to Find the Ideal Co-Founder Match", by Joe Abraham, Author and Founder of BOSI Global

In addition, we will have six inspiring companies pitching on stage to a panel of top investors, a demo hall full of other hot startups, and a special casino-themed "Showcase Showdown" Afterparty at NASA! (free for attendees).

We hope you will join us!

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When Should Someone List?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2013-07-15

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Overview

Fund: Trailblazer Capital

Posted by Anonymous on 2013-07-10

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Backs VentureSpur and The Dallas Entrepreneur Center. Not transparent, and terms could negatively impact the long-term success of your venture. Only worth it if you lack leverage or options to look elsewhere. What Trailblazer may not yet realize is that this business model will never net them large gains. The "long tail" of VC.

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