Jason Calacanis and a rotating group of guest experts bring you this weekly take on the best, worst, most outrageous and interesting stories from the world of entrepreneurship. Calacanis, a podcasting pioneer, gives you an insider’s look at what’s happening in the tech industry with his trademark blunt style and good humor. Looking to start your own company? Need strategies for improving your business or motivating your team? Just want to catch up on what’s happening in Silicon Valley and beyond? Your journey begins here.
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The Startup Visa – International Entrepreneur Rule
The International Entrepreneur Rule applies to foreign entrepreneurs looking to build their company in the U.S. and American startups looking to bring a key foreign cofounder stateside. Read More
Getting to “No.”
One of the biggest frustrations we hear from our clients about the capital raise process is that VCs are non-responsive or unwilling to make a firm investment decision. To help with this, I reached out to several VCs whom we see on a regular basis to ask for their input. Read More
Which insurance does my startup need?
At some point in time, the topic of insurance will come up. Every startup and small business will need insurance, and for a mature business, an insurance guy is one of the four pillars of your business. We’re by no … Read More
The Four External Pillars of a Small Business
Starting a business is hard work. There are lots of pitfalls to navigate, and some are impossible to avoid. But it’s not as hard to get help as you may think. Every small business (and this includes startups) should have … Read More
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Here are a few of our blogs to get you started:
- Where every small business & startup should begin
- Startup Pitch Tips (Part 1)
- Starting a New Business? Here’s What They Haven’t Told You (Part 1)
- Does Your Idea Really Need an NDA?
- Why your Startup or Small Business Should (likely) Be An LLC
- The Company Agreement (Operating Agreement) Explained
- Which insurance does my startup need?
- Hiring Your First Employees
- Are You Ready to Talk to Angel Investors?
- Startup Cents: Planning for Your First Year of Legal Fees
- What’s the difference between a copyright, a patent and a trademark?
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No ExitNeed inspiration? Here is an inspiring story about one startup's fight to survive.Full Article
Thoughts on how to structure your option planThis post presents recommendations for how tech startups should structure employee stock incentive programs.Full Article
What you need to know about startup boardsThis post offers some advice to founders and CEOs seeking to learn more about their boards, as well as to people who have been invited to sit on a board.Full Article
500 Startups is an early-stage venture fund based in Silicon Valley and one of the top accelerators in the country.
AVC is a blog written by Fred Wilson. Wilson has been a venture capitalist for 30 years, and our startup attorneys greatly value reading his posts.
Blossom Street Ventures Blog
Blossom Street Ventures (formerly DAN Fund) is a venture capital firm in Dallas co-founded by Kevin Vela, Vela Wood’s managing partner. The blog provides frequent posts with valuable venture knowledge from Blossom Street Ventures’ CFA, Sammy Abdullah.
Both Sides of the Table
Both Sides of the Table is a blog written by Mark Suster, an entrepreneur and venture capitalist.
Co-Founder Equity Calculator
Foundrs is a co-founder equity calculator. Note that this should be used as a tool and not as an answer.
FeldThoughts is a blog written by Brad Feld. Feld has been an early stage investor and entrepreneur for nearly 30 years.
Free Small Business Advice
SCORE offers the nation’s largest network of free expert business mentors. If you’re just starting a business, SCORE mentors can provide the practical action plan, education, and tools you need to open your doors and establish a customer base. Already own a business? Volunteer mentors can help identify ways to increase profit, improve employee and customer satisfaction, and achieve work/life balance.
NVCA (National Venture Capital Association)
As the voice of the U.S. venture capital community, the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) empowers its members and the entrepreneurs they fund by advocating for policies that encourage innovation and reward long-term investment. As the venture community’s flagship trade association, the NVCA serves as the definitive resource for venture capital data and unites its member firms through a full range of professional services.
a16z is produced by Andreessen Horowitz (a.k.a “a16z”), a VC firm in Silicon Valley. It discusses tech and culture trends, news, and the future — especially as ‘software eats the world.’ It features industry experts, business leaders, and other interesting thinkers and voices from around the world.
Podcast: Built to Sell
John Warrillow, the author of Built to Sell, asks entrepreneurs who have recently sold a business why they decided to sell their business, what they did right, and what mistakes they made through the process of exiting their business.
Podcast: How I Built This
How I Built This is a NPR podcast about innovators, entrepreneurs, and idealists, and the stories behind the movements they built. Each episode is a narrative journey marked by triumphs, failures, serendipity and insight — told by the founders of some of the world’s best known companies and brands.
Podcast: Startup School Radio
Aaron Harris, a partner at Y Combinator, gets stories and practical advice from founders and investors. They share how they got started, what went wrong, what surprised them, and what happened as their companies grew.
Podcast: Traction: How Startups Start | NextView Ventures
In this story-driven show from tech VC NextView, tech startup founders, executives, journalists, and investors share how they gained initial traction against the odds. Every startup hears that they should do things that don’t scale — scrappy, atypical, whatever-it-takes things. Traction asks a simple question: What ARE those things? With a unique sound that avoids the boring, typical talking head format, Traction features some of the most interesting early-stage stories, tactics, and theories from some of the best entrepreneurs today.
Podcast: The Twenty Minute VC: Venture Capital | Startup Funding | The Pitch
Prominent investors share what they’re looking for in startups, discuss easily actionable tips and tricks to increase your chances of getting funded, and provide their analysis of the current technology market.
Quora is a great site with plenty of Question & Answer articles and discussions regarding Angel & Venture Capital financing, as well as LLC/small business topics.
Silicon Hills Lawyer
Silicon Hills Lawyer is a blog written by José Ancer, an Austin startup lawyer who helps startups and founders navigate through startup law and venture capital.
Startup Company Lawyer
Startup Company Lawyer is a blog written by Yokum Taku. Taku is a partner at Wilson Sonsini, and just about every startup/VC attorney we know regularly reads Taku’s blog on his website.
Startup Growth Calculator
This tool calculates how much funding your startup needs. Assuming your expenses are constant and your revenue is growing, it shows when you’ll reach profitability and how much capital you’ll burn through before then.
Startup Lawyer is a blog written by Ryan Roberts. Roberts is an outstanding startup attorney, and he regularly writes insightful content on his startup blog. He also has a thorough and helpful glossary on the site.
Check out our podcasts to keep your startup knowledge sharp. In Three Things, we ask leaders in the startup community to share three things they wish they would’ve known when starting a business. In Silicon Valley, Kevin and Aaron review each episode of HBO’s Silicon Valley series and tell you how it applies to your startup. And in Office Hours, we talk about issues related to small businesses and startups.
- Harvard Office of Technology Startup Guide
- 500 Startups Summary of KISS (Keep It Simple Security) Documents
- 500 Startups KISS: Debt Version
- 500 Startups KISS: Equity Version
- Founders Workbench
- Free Startup Docs: How Much Equity Should Advisors Get?
- Series Seed
- Y Combinator SAFE (Simple Agreement for Future Equity) Primer
- Y Combinator SAFE Cap, no Discount
- Y Combinator SAFE Discount, no Cap
- Y Combinator SAFE Cap and Discount
- Y Combinator SAFE MFN, no Cap, no Discount
- Y Combinator SaaS Service Order Template