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venture capital

Equality

I get called a “naughty girl”

Sadly there is no titillation with this story – just the usual gender patronage. I was on the phone with a sixty-ish business man a few days ago and I was selling. Not selling hard but describing my business and…

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Leadership

Part deux – tips on VCs and raising money

Here’s the second half of Pemo Theodore’s interview with me on tips for raising money from VCs… how to tell if they are interested in what you are saying, what’s happening to the venture capital industry and insights into the…

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Leadership

Fear is the mind killer

As we have declined into this ugly recession there has been a lot of fear mongering in the VC/startup world of Silicon Valley. Articles about the impact of the recession on venture capital and on startups – typically with a…

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Boards

Valley alarms

Sitting in a London hotel lobby, waiting for my room to be ready, half asleep but reading through my email…. I picked up the Gigaom article Sequoia Rings the Alarm Bell: Silicon Valley Is in Trouble. I had posted a…

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Boards

The VC energizer bunny

It keep going and going… Despite talk of a tech bubble earlier this year, despite the difficulty of getting to an IPO, despite the credit crunch and it’s effect on cash availability for some young companies venture capital investment dollars…

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Boards

Chairman/CEO – or independent?

Many startups have the founder as both CEO and Chair. The company starts small, there are a few angels who come to board meetings but don’t want to run the company, and then when venture capital comes in the VCs…

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