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Investing in a startup? Follow the data, not the herd

On August 8, 2016, Posted by , In startup investing,Startup Economics, With Comments Off on Investing in a startup? Follow the data, not the herd

The much ballyhooed rise and sudden demise of Theranos is a cautionary tale for anyone interested in investing in early-stage biotechnology companies. The main lesson is not “Stay on the sidelines.” Instead, it’s invest with your eyes wide open. If we are going tackle major challenges in fighting disease, early-stage…

What You Need To Know About U.S. Venture In 13 Charts

On July 14, 2016, Posted by , In Startup Economics, By , With Comments Off on What You Need To Know About U.S. Venture In 13 Charts

What You Need To Know About U.S. Venture In 13 Charts by Joshua Mayers, PitchBook If you’re looking for one resource to catch up on all things U.S. venture, you should check out our 2Q U.S. Venture Industry Report (it’s free!). If you’re looking for the quick version, we’ve compiled…

The No Fail Tactic for Winning Over Investors (or Hiring Managers)

On June 24, 2016, Posted by , In Startup Economics, By , With Comments Off on The No Fail Tactic for Winning Over Investors (or Hiring Managers)

In the great scheme of raising money for a startup, trying to get your dream job, or win a lucrative sales contract from a hiring manager, it all comes down to one or two compelling advantages you can offer that the other candidates fail to offer. What might that be?…

Majority of Kickstarter campaigns fail despite high-profile successes like Vanhawks

On May 2, 2016, Posted by , In Crowdfunding,Startup Economics, With Comments Off on Majority of Kickstarter campaigns fail despite high-profile successes like Vanhawks

Despite a handful of high-profile successes, industry data show the majority of Crowdfunding campaigns fail, with most commercial ventures hosted on the web platforms never shipping a product to market. That’s not to dismiss the social and economic value of social funding, said Ali Zahid, a 22-year-old entrepreneur who is…

Don’t Starting a Business, Buy a Business

On April 20, 2016, Posted by , In Startup Economics,Startup Strategy,Startup Timing, By , With Comments Off on Don’t Starting a Business, Buy a Business

Why would you start a business when you could buy one, or at least many of the core components you will need, at a lower cost than starting from scratch? You wouldn’t, but most entrepreneurs still do. If at all possible, you shouldn’t start a business from scratch…you should buy…

Startup Pitch – Judging the 6-Minute

On March 14, 2016, Posted by , In Startup Economics, By , With Comments Off on Startup Pitch – Judging the 6-Minute

Last week I attended Graduation Day (aka “Demo Day”) for a local startup accelerator. Thirty aspiring entrepreneurs had started the 16-week program. Only eight made it to graduation. Each had six minutes to present their venture to the audience and, hopefully, score a follow up meeting with an investor. Six…

Should You Start & Build a Company with the Exit in Mind?

On February 2, 2016, Posted by , In Startup Economics, By , With Comments Off on Should You Start & Build a Company with the Exit in Mind?

Most newbie entrepreneurs would probably answer, “Yes, of course, it’s always best to start and build a company with the exit in mind. Every entrepreneur knows that!” Not so fast. The correct answer is, “it depends” or “probably not.” What say you? There are two schools of thought on this…

Five Star Startup Economics

On August 15, 2015, Posted by , In Startup Economics, With Comments Off on Five Star Startup Economics

This is the sixth in a series of articles on what it means to be a Five Star Startup. In my first article, I explained the five dimensions that most startups are evaluated on. In my second article, I described the first dimension, what it means to have a Five…