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Founder Insight 9/9/2010

TheFunded.com Open Letter

Posted by Marc Huey on 2010-09-09

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The Story of Backblaze 'Almost Being Acquired' [Founder Insight]
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The VC Seed Investor Signaling Problem [Founder Insight]
Brad Feld addresses "the signaling problem" created when VCs make a seed investment, but decide not to follow-up and participate in the subsequent round of financing, thus creating a negative perception for future investors. He highlights one large VC firm's approach to this problem which is "sell[ing] [the shares] back to the founders, the company, or the angels at somewhere between $1 and [the VC firm's] cost." - FeldThoughts

Addressing Stock Options [Founder Insight]
Mark Suster discusses how to portray and address stock options with your employees and your founding team. Ultimately, he advocates transparency and notes, "there is nothing worse than an employee who wakes up one day feeling duped." - Both Sides of the Table


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Posted by albertoV05 on 2010-09-09 10:49:03

Kudos to the Backblaze guy, but what a dummy for accepting anything with an earn out.