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Founder Insight 10/28/2010

TheFunded.com Open Letter

Posted by Marc Huey on 2010-10-28

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Taking Too Much Money [Founder Insight]
Fred Wilson addresses the topic of price and what else matters in a financial and sale transaction besides price. Obviously price and valuation are an important factor, especially with the Board’s fiduciary responsibility to get the best deal for their shareholders, but there are more important factors. He says the most important factor is “the chemistry between the existing owners and the new investor/owner and the reputation of the new investor/owner.” - A VC

How Much Should I Raise? [Founder Insight]
Every first time entrepreneur fundraising asks the initial question, “How much money should I raise?” Venture Hacks answers this question in a succinct article summarizing a Quora discussion thread they posted. They originally posted answers to this question from prominent investors and entrepreneurs here. In summary, raise less money to keep your valuation down and retain the possibility of an early exit and raise more money if you are in it for the long term to protect your company from hindered growth. - Venture Hacks

Large Tech Companies and Their Piles of Cash [Founder Insight]
Jeff Bussgang points out that the eight largest US-based technology companies are sitting on $200 billion in cash and short-term investments. With the economy at an uptick and fear subsiding according to the VIX index, a measurement of market volatility, M&A activity is expected to pick up as these companies are looking for fast growth with potential acquisitions. He ends with a note cautioning against expecting a buying ‘frenzy’ anytime soon though, as these companies are looking for quality over quantity. - Seeing Both Sides


Perspective Series:
Entrepreneur Perspective: Good Enough Never Is (Or Is It?) - Last week we re-published a blog post from Eric Ries, co-founder of IMVU and notable speaker on “lean startups.” He wrote a rather lengthy, but thorough piece on what to look for and how to evaluate the minimum viable product issue. It is a great read that every entrepreneur should at least understand whether you agree or not.


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Work-Life Balance - The age old debate of work-life balance ensues in this thread; this time focusing on the entrepreneur. Agree or disagree, hear actual accounts from current entrepreneurs.