5 ways VC firms can stop shooting themselves in the foot – Venture Capital firms drill the need to create basic credibility into the companies they invest in – but often fail to take their own advice. Laura Grimmer, CEO of Articulate Communications (which works with VC firms), lists five things they could do to build a better pipeline of prospective portfolio companies.
After VC cash? Show ‘em what you’ve learned – When the time came for Cafepress to seek its second round of funding, the company went about it in a slightly different way. Serial entrepreneur Steve Blank, a longtime board member of the company, offers a look at how they did it – and what the reaction was from investors.
Boston Millennia’s Callow on the state of the VC industry – Dana Callow has been watching the Venture Capital business morph and change for years. In this Q&A, the managing partner of Boston Millennia Partners discusses the VC shakeout, fields that have him excited and what entrepreneurs seeking capital should be doing.
Finding a buyer for your start-up – It’s hard enough to walk away from the business you built from scratch. It’s even harder to find an ideal buyer. John Ovrom founder and CEO of Exit and Answers, examines the two most common ways people begin the process when they decide to sell.
Tech mishaps and the human problem – Engineers might cringe when they hear it, but every tech problem is tied to a human problem. Serial entrepreneur Eric Ries, in this lecture given at Stanford University, demonstrates how to narrow things down and learn the root cause.