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Startup Lifecycle InfographicWondering if your startup is where it should be? This infographic will walk you through the five stages a startup goes through and give you an idea of where you should be when it comes to your startup’s product, funding, marketing, revenues, legal work, and more. Read More
Venture Deals Review PodcastIn this podcast, we discuss the seminal book in the startup world, "Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist" by Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson and help you navigate raising capital. Read More
VW Venture Deals Year in ReviewWe conducted an audit of all the venture deals we facilitated in 2016. If you’re looking to raise capital in North Texas, this infographic will give you an idea of what to expect. Read More
Venture GlossaryThis page features over 500 terms that are common parlance in the startup world, from Accelerated Vesting to Zombie. Bookmark this one for those times when you know that a VC or a founder is speaking English, but it’s not any English you’ve ever heard. Read More
Startup Blogs To Get You Started:
- Startup Starter Pack
- How much equity should I grant to advisors?
- Protecting Your Intellectual Property
- Which insurance does my startup need?
- Securities Straight Talk Vol. 1: Securities Laws Matter To Startups (Yes, Yours Too)
- Learning From “No”
- Keep Your Investors Updated
- Who’s Drafting Your Pitch Deck?
- The 50-50 Equity Split(Up)
- Term Sheets 101: Convertible Debt v. Equity
- Choosing The Right Entity
Articles We Like
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 is the most used scam in Venture Capital?As David S. Rose points out, the VC world is a collection of interconnected small, reputation-based communities where news travels fast and everyone knows each other. So the opportunity for outright fraud and fakery is small. The most serious misdeeds in the venture world come from the outer fringes of individual angel investors, or people who falsely claim to be VC. 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
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.
FeldThoughts is a blog written by Brad Feld. Feld has been an early stage investor and entrepreneur for nearly 30 years.
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.
Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist
As each new generation of entrepreneurs emerges, there is a renewed interest in how venture capital deals come together. Yet there is little reliable information focused on venture capital deals. Nobody understands this better than authors Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson. For more than twenty years, they’ve been involved in hundreds of venture capital financings, and now, with the Second Edition of Venture Deals, they continue to share their experiences in this field with you.
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The PitchBook Newsletter includes analyses on relevant industry trends in M&A, private equity, and venture capital.
America’s Seed Fund
America’s Seed Fund powered by NSF focuses on high-risk, high-impact technologies — those that show promise but whose success hasn’t yet been validated — and each year, it awards $200 million in funding to entrepreneurs across the country.
AngelSpan fills the information gap between startups and their investors and is a recognized expert on portfolio management, financial markets, and the psychology and motivations of angel investors.
Brex: Corporate Cards For Startups
Free Business Mentoring & Education
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.
Harvard University’s Startup Guide
This handbook is a high-level guide and overview of some key questions and issues that may confront you, the aspiring entrepreneur, as you begin your quest to start a new company, including funding sources, presenting to investors, key factors for success, etc.
Investor Update Template (CoinShares)
One of the things we preach to our clients is transparency with investors. We advise our clients to send out an investor/advisor update at least monthly, but preferably weekly. Here is a template we like that can help you craft your updates.
Resources for Entrepreneurs
Kevin Steven, Partner at Intelis Capital, compiled a list of resources for entrepreneurs, including must-read books, blogs, podcasts, and more.
The Dallas-Fort Worth Innovation Guide
A centralized resource of information and connections for DFW entrepreneurs, including coworking spaces, incubators and accelerators, venture capital firms, and more.
Understanding the Startup Valuation Process
This infographic is produced by Redwood Valuation Partners, a Seattle-based business valuations company. It details the Startup Valuation process and maps out how startups launch and grow, and best of all, it’s all put into layman’s terms.
30 Legendary Startup Pitch Decks And What You Can Learn From Them
If you’re looking to raise funds for your startup, making a great pitch deck is key. Here’s a list of takeaways from some of the greats.
Startup Pitch Decks
A collection of real fundraising decks from real startups, including Airbnb, WeWork, and YouTube. In total, these decks have raised over $400 million.
20VC: How Both Founders & GPs Should Construct Their Pitch
This is a great episode to listen to for pitch tips. VC Brian Ascher discusses the most common mistakes that entrepreneurs make in pitches, as well as how pitches should be structured, how decks should start, why a deck should not start with the team or the origin story, and whether a deck should include the amount being raised.
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.
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.
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.
Masters of Scale
Masters of Scale is a podcast hosted by Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn and investor at Greylock. In each episode, Reid shows how companies grow from zero to a gazillion, testing his theories with legendary leaders. Masters of Scale is the first American media program to commit to a 50-50 gender balance for guests. It won the 2018 People’s Voice Webby for Best Business 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.
The Twenty Minute VC
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.
This Week in Startups
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.
Traction: How Startups Start
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.
Carta is a transfer agent registered with the SEC that helps companies, investors, and employees manage cap tables, valuations, investor services, and public markets.
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.
Founder Institute Co-Founder Equity Split Spreadsheet
In “Co-Founders, It’s Time to Split that Equity”, Al provides advice and a helpful spreadsheet tool to alleviate the potentially uncomfortable process of determining each cofounder’s equity stake.
Foundersuite is a collection of software tools and templates to help entrepreneurs launch, manage, and grow their companies more efficiently and effectively.
Gust Co-Founder Equity Split
Deciding how to fairly divide equity and ownership of a startup is important to both your co-founders and your business’s future. This free tool (based on Gust data) will help you ask the right questions to determine how much value each founder will contribute, and give you a sensible, objective recommendation for a fair equity split.