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  • The Shitake Hits the Fan | Redfin Corporate Blog
     The value of a great lead investor can make a huge difference as you build your business. Learn how Glenn found a the help he needed.
  • A VC: Continuous Feedback
     Suggestion on how to improve Board meetings. Ask what 3 things are we doing well and what 3 things could we be doing better.
  • A VC: How Much Money To Raise
    My favorite saying is take as much money as you can at whatever price. It is an extreme, but you always need more money than you think. What matters most is who the money is from. Fred recommends …
  • Neil Patel of KISSMetrics on Successful Web App Analytics | Carsonified
    Watch Neil's video on important metrics for your web application business.
  • 6 Things Jeff Bezos Knew Back in 1997 That Made Amazon a Gorilla - Forbes
     Bezos on "It's all about the long term."
  • Ron Conway Explained // ben's blog
    When looking for a great angel investor, one question to ask is what is their network. Ron Conway brings an enormous network to bear when he invests in your business. This will effect your exit …
  • Term Sheet Negotiation Tells | Permanent Record
     Termsheet negotiation is a good indication of what is to come with an investor or entrepreneur.
  • Profitably | Blog, A Tale of Two Financings
     Luck and perserverance can bring home a financing round.
  • SAAS Metrics
    Here's a great tool and article for your new web app. The article explains the 6 key metrics to track for your web application, and at the end is a spreadsheet to help you work with the numbers. …
  • Creating Series Seed Documents
    While you will surely need legal help to get your series seed financing under way, this helpful site provides examples of how to move traditional financing terms into series seed documents. The …
  • Marketing Metrics
    From the CEO of one of our favorite web apps, Freshbooks, Mke gives a presentation (there's video and a script on this link) talking about something dear to our hearts and our bottom …
  • Making A Cap Table
    It is essential to understand cap tables, even if your lawyers do most of the work. Here's something you can't afford to miss: a spread sheet that helps you create the cap table, along with a …
  • Know Your Users
    It's not often that we get to hear good news from people who had a web startup that didn't take off. However, Marcelo gives some great insight despite the fact that he's shutting down his site. …
  • Money Saving Ideas

    Jason is at it again, giving great tips for start-ups on how to save money, so hard to come by in the early days. Every bit helps to get you to profitable. The tips can raise a lot of debate, …

  • Elevator Pitch
    Getting your story down to one sentence is an art, and everyone has their own way to do it. Here's an engaging video and technique developed by funder Adea Ressi, using the old favorite game, …
  • Streamline Your Product Pitch
    As always, Guy Kawasaki gets straight to the point: your investment pitch should have 10 slides, last 20 minutes and be in 30 point font. But it's good to read the article by Guy to …
  • Assets and Liabilities
    In Fred's continuing series on accounting, a sort of mini-MBA course, he uses this article to point you to the Balance Sheet, which is basically a report on your assets and liabilities, and …
  • Do You Accept Online Payments?
    If you still need convincing that you should accept on-line payments, this is a great article to read. Whether you are running a business or are a self-employed consultant, there are not only …
  • Costs of Customer Acquisition
    Here's a really helpful and insightful article on understanding the real costs of acquiring customers, which is a key component of the financial picture for startups. Josh begins by identifying …
  • Basics of Accounting Part 1
    If you have avoided understanding accounting, and don't want to take a two week course at the local JC, perhaps you can start with this series of four articles. In this first article, Fred covers …