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Fortune’s Term Sheet Ultimate Business Book List

It was fun to see Venture Deals on the most recent Fortune Term Sheet Ultimate Business Book List. It’s a pretty awesome list. I’ve read most of the books on it and just bought the few that I haven’t yet read.

Venture Deals Interview on Game Change Network

With the publication of the third edition of Venture Deals, we have done some interviews around the book. I thought this one with Chicke Fitzgerald on The Game Changer Network was particularly good. Enjoy!

Fred Wilson on Reserves

Fred Wilson has a spectacular post up on how VC funds should think about reserves. It’s even more valuable to entrepreneurs so they can understand how the best VCs think about reserves, giving the entrepreneurs ammunition to ask their investors how they are thinking about reserves. I only noticed one thing missing from Fred’s post…

Employee Questions To Ask When Joining A Unicorn

Scott Belsky has a great post up titled Don’t Get Trampled: The Puzzle For “Unicorn” Employees. In it, he’s got a bunch of questions, along with detailed discussion, that you should ask your potential employer if you are considering a job at a unicorn (company with > $1b private valuation.) His suggestion is to strongly “audit your…

Don’t Have A Lazy Relationship With Your VC

Today’s great post is from Bilal Zuberi @ Lux Capital. In it he asserts that Friends Don’t Let Friends Have a Lazy VC/CEO Relationship. I see this play out so many times in so many ways that – while it seems obvious – it’s an important reminder to all entrepreneurs who hear their friends complaining about…

Hornik: Get an Introduction

I love it when David Hornik – one of the very first (maybe the first) VC bloggers writes a post. Today’s is Want to get funded? Get an introduction! So simple, yet so often overlooked or ignored. The punch line – it’s the transitive property that we learned about in elementary school math: So how do you…

Bootstrapping with Brad Feld

Tom and Tony of tastytrade talk with Brad about Foundry Group, Techstars and Bootstrapping… Related articles Startup Life Interview With Sandy Grason The Kentucky Thesis How Is Your Q1 Going? ” Feld Thoughts Feld Thoughts

Reid Hoffman – New VC Blogger (Essayist)

Reid Hoffman, founder / executive chairman of LinkedIn and partner at Greylock has started blogging. Well – he’s started writing long form essays on a blog that my understanding is will come out about once a month. The first post is If, Why, and How Founders Should Hire a “Professional” CEO. It is outstanding and I expect…

What Is The Appropriate Time Horizon Of A Financial Model for VC’s?

Q: When building a financial projection model for a pitch to VC’s, should you include future rounds of funding in the model or simply show what measurable goal you are trying to achieve with the current round you are seeking? A (Brad): It depends on the stage of the company. But first, it’s important to understand…

What Are Qualified Conditions Of Debt Conversion?

Q: On page 105 of the second edition of Venture Deals under Debt Conversion Mechanics, you state: “Therefore, having outstanding debt (that doesn’t convert) can be a bad thing if an entrepreneur ever gets sideways with one of the debt holders”. I infer this to mean that convertible debt cannot bring about the same bad results….