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What to do when a VC says no

You need to be emotionally prepared. This wasn’t my first startup, so I was braced for rejection and for not getting my way immediately. You need to expect this, and to not take it personally.

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How to maximize your ROI from VC introductions

In an effort to set them — and hopefully others — up for success, I’ve come up with a few pointers that all startups should keep in mind when approaching their network for VC intros that ultimately lead to funding.

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It's time for cloud software companies to start turning a profit

There’s been a lot of commentary in the media recently regarding cloud software companies — from delayed initial public offerings (IPOs), poorly performing IPOs, and falling valuations and ultimately their contribution to the recent downturn in the tech market.

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Pulling in an army of investors has more perks than you think

What do you do when someone offers you 1% of the total amount you’re trying to raise – are you potentially fragmenting your cap table, causing headaches for yourself down the road, or are you making a smart strategic play?

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My first 8 months down the rabbit hole of venture capital

When we started SparkLabs Global, I knew we were diving into pool fraught with risk and uncertainty. There were six founding partners, and half of us didn’t know each other well. How were we going to effectively make decisions?