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By: Richard Dale | April 14, 2011
There is one timeless question in the world of early stage investing: What does it take to get an investment from a VC firm, or for that matter from a seed or angel investor...
By: Prithvi Tanwar | April 13, 2011
Start-up founders are agents of speed and manic thinking and although their thought process can seem logical to their inner mind, to us professionals that help start-ups...
By: David Skok | April 12, 2011
This post aims to help startup CEOs optimize their funding strategy by examining how investors value startups, and explaining how to avoid the common cash management...
By: Don Dodge | April 11, 2011
Back in the day Venture Capitalists wereking makers. They decided who got funded, facilitated strategic partnerships, and brokered...
By: Jeff Bussgang | April 10, 2011
I have been thinking alot about start-up best practices. There has been a great deal written about how to pitch VCs and how to drive towards product-market fit, but...
By: Rob Go | April 7, 2011
I had the pleasures of sitting down with Matt Lauzon last week to talk about the lessons he’s learned as...
By: Joe Medved | April 6, 2011
When we are ready to make an investment proposal, we request a list of references. We also speak with off list contacts and ask permission to do so if those discussions...
By: Brad Harkavy | April 5, 2011
Color raises $41M in a series A round with no revenue. Twitter is valued at $7.7B with $45M revenue (171 times revenue) in 2010. Facebook is now valued at $65B up 30%...
By: Keith Cline | April 4, 2011
We are excited to have Seth Lieberman as our guest on Octane! Seth is the Founder & CEO of Pangea Media in Watertown. Pangea Media is a leading provider of quiz based social...
By: Dave Power | April 3, 2011
Not all growth companies keep growing. Promising companies that pass $10M in revenue can lose momentum before they reach $20M. Most growth companies are sold before they...
By: Keith Cline | April 3, 2011
A few months ago, I had a meeting with a prominent Venture Capitalist, who was located outside of the Boston region. He was very bullish on the long term potential of...
By: Andy Cook | March 31, 2011
The following post was written by Andy Cook, cofounder of Rentabilities and MassChallenge 2010 $50,000 winner. Having been through the MassChallenge before, Andy...
By: Frank Belzer | March 30, 2011
Let me start by saying that I really enjoy working with Technology companies. Given the fact that most of my clients are in tech rich geographies like Boston and San Francisco...
By: Scott Maxwell | March 29, 2011
Here is my (running) list of 29 CEO blind spots I have seen over the years. Take a look and see which ones apply to you (warning: remember they are blind spots, so you might...
By: Allan Tear | March 28, 2011
As part of getting ready for 2011, we've been reviewing our lessons of the last two years, particularly what has worked and not worked in selecting and accelerating teams...
By: Matt Douglas | March 27, 2011
Last week, I spoke at the Momentum Summit conference, which was held at MIT. My topic was "Forging Business Development Deals & Partnerships that make sense." As I thought...
By: Keith Cline | March 27, 2011
The TechStars Boston spring program recently kicked off. Scott Kirsner got the inside scoop on the companies participating. The list includes: EverTrue, Ginger.io, GrabCad...
By: Bijan Sabet | March 24, 2011
A few months ago I wrote down some thoughts about failure, our fear of failure and our ability (inabilty) to embrace it. The other day I was talking to a founder in our...
By: Lee Hower | March 23, 2011
I'm fond of saying that raising capital for a startup (or any risky early-stage venture for that matter) is not about convincing the skeptics, but rather finding the...
By: Chip Correra | March 22, 2011
Yikes, a very long time has passed since my last post, I guess this is what happens when you start a company. Nearly every train ride I think, I should write something because...
By: Chuck Goldman | March 21, 2011
The Xconomists are one of the most talented and connected bunch around. The second annual Mobile Madness event did not disappoint the over 300 attendees who showed up. I was...
By: Paul Barrett | March 20, 2011
If you’ve hung around Kendall Square at all in the last several years you’ve undoubtedly heard more than one entrepreneur invoke the spirit of Thomas Edison and Nicolai...
By: Don Dodge | March 17, 2011
Over the past few weeks I have seen over 300 start-ups at Stanford Startup Labs, Launch Conference, DEMO, and SXSW...
By: Jules Pieri | March 16, 2011
I’m getting a lot of St. Patrick’s Day greetings from my pals in Dublin. Many of them will spend part of today at their “local.” In Ireland, that’s your favorite nearby...
By: Michael Greeley | March 15, 2011
Yesterday kicked off the swing through the United Kingdom for Governor Patrick of Massachusetts and the Innovation Economy Partnership Mission 2011. After a remarkable...
By: Dave Broadwin | March 14, 2011
The bad new is that I have taken a blogging holiday since February 2. The good news is that the holiday is the result of being pressed on client matters and business travel...
By: Rob Go | March 13, 2011
I’ve been thinking about this topic a while, but these thoughts are only semi-formed. It’s been said recently that there is shortage of truly revolutionary...
By: Keith Cline | March 13, 2011
HubSpot raised a $32M... "swing for the fences"... round of funding last week from Sequoia Capital, Google Ventures, and Salesforce.com. According to reports, HubSpot has...
By: Jeff Bussgang | March 10, 2011
I spent this weekend with my two sons in Ft Myers, Florida as part of our annual pilgrimmage to the Red Sox spring training camp. While not chasing after foul balls (thanks, Youk!)...

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