Operating Plan

Healthy Ways to Tighten the Corporate Belt

Our friend Amy Hartman, who recently started her own law firm specializing in employment matters wrote a great piece called "Feel the Burn." It’s a very informative, yet easy to read piece on strategies for cutting your company’s burn rate during these challenging times. Most of her advice is with her employment law hat on,…

Ad Revenue Models

Today’s guest blogger is Matt McCall of DFJ Portage.  Matt was a co-investor with us in FeedBurner and sat on the board with me.  He writes a great blog called VC Confidential.  When the following question appeared, we did the super efficient thing and forwarded it to Matt to answer.  Following is his response which…

Budgets in Early Stage Companies

Q: When performing diligence on a new investment I will dig through management’s projections. Even though I am a finance guy I try to understand the costs associated with the software development.  Probably needless to say, I have been burned by cost overruns quite a few times.  The Companies burn through our cash on development…

Burn Rate for a Seed Financing

Q: What is the typical and expected burn rate of the funds raised from a seed round before proceeding with the Series A round? I know this time-frame will vary from case to case, obviously, but with a typical internet start-up, is there an average or expected burn rate of the seed round funds before…