Archives / September, 2007

More on Potential Tax Law Changes for Venture Capitalists

Today’s great post is from Bill Burnham regarding his take on the potential tax changes how they may impact entrepreneurs as well. I think Bill makes some good points and clearly his interactive panel sounds like it was interesting, if nothing else. 

Emailing Your VC

Fred Wilson from Union Square Ventures has today’s great VC post up titled How To Get Attention From Your VC.  And no – the answer is not to throw your oatmeal on the floor and wave your hands around while screaming at the top of your lungs.

Pondering Your Exit Strategy

Ah – the joys of having super smart entrepreneurs to do our writing for us.  Dick Costolo has today’s post of the day up titled No Exit.  In this post, he ponders the answer to the age old question “What is your exit strategy?”  I hope this – and the appropriate discussion – gets cross-posted…

You Can Fire 10% of Your Company Anytime And Not Notice

Will Herman has today’s excellent post up titled Prune and Upgrade as You Go.  It starts out with a quote from one of the board members from one of his early companies: “any day, any time, you can fire a canon through the company’s building and not miss the employees taken out in the blast.”…

Why Are Venture Capitalists So Hard To Deal With?

One of the questions that we get most often is “why are VCs such jerks?” or some sort of derivation thereof. Specifically, people complain about: – VCs not returning calls / being unresponsive – VCs not understanding how good of an investment my company is – VCs stringing along entrepreneurs when they know they aren’t…

How Does One Structure a Business to Pursue Other Business Lines?

Q:  We’ve developed a web-based security product whose primary application was intended for the financial industry. Since inception we’ve since began pursuing two other business lines, also based on the software, that can be considered conceptually different from the product we initially brought to market. We’re debating whether we should pursue these product lines under…

How Much Equity Should I Get In My Startup?

Question: As a start-up with no history and no customers (we haven’t launched yet) how do I figure out how much equity to assign to myself as the founder? I have spent the last one year developing and writing the business plan. I hired two consultants both MBA’s with real world experience to help in…

Handling a Poor Reference on a New CEO Candidate

Question: I am the CEO of a company my board is looking to hire a new CEO, for fund raising purposes, and has identified a candidate.  The candidate was in fact referred by a VC, I was asked to interview the candidate and provide feedback. I did this and the interview went fine however I…