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VC Collusion: Pro-Rata and The Arbitrary 20% with Lee Jacobs
As our seed companies have matured and gone on to raising Series A, without question a key issue that comes up is pro-rata right in the companies next financing round. As Fred Wilson recently covered, these pro-rata rights are a source of much much dissension.
INVESTOR-STRATEGY FIT WITH LEE JACOBS: WHAT TYPE OF INVESTOR ARE YOU?
Defining your strategy as a venture investor can be tricky given there are so many potential strategies and approaches. I was one of the first people (if not the first) to use what is called an AngelList Syndicate— a way for angel investors to raise an on-demand single deal venture fund.
Sourcing Strategy with Lee Jacobs: What is Your Value Proposition to Founders?
When I first got into investing, I had capital, and a clear mission— help founders be the best versions of themselves because fully self-expressed entrepreneurs can have a tremendous positive impact on the world.
DIFFERENTIATING FROM COMPETITION IN YOUR FUNDRAISE WITH LEE JACOBS: A SIMPLE WAY SET YOURSELF UP TO WIN
Fundraising is an essential part of a high growth early-stage startups life. In a previous post, I talked about how investors evaluating your company often ask about your competition, since most investors can only invest in one company going after the same opportunity.
Early Tech StartUp Strategy with Lee Jacobs: 3 Healthy Ways to Think About Your Competition
In this blog post, Lee Jacobs— investor, Entrepreneur, and Founder of Edelweiss.vc— shares insights on how early tech startup founders can healthily relate to competition. The information will enable early startup founders to focus on building a product customers will love, grow their business fast, and make a positive difference.
There Is Always A Move
Around two years ago, I spoke with a portfolio CEO who started his company at the same time I started Colingo. Though eight years had passed, he told me that his business wasn’t yet working. This conversation made me reflect on how seemingly so many of our peers have...
Why We Like Foreign Entrepreneurs
The number of immigrants that make up the leadership of CEOs of Fortune 500 companies has been well-documented. Based on my experience with foreign founders, I am not surprised. At Edelweiss we have invested in a number of immigrant founders and have been...
Tell Everyone You’re in Sales
“Tell everyone you are in sales” These were some of the final words that were told to me from a trusted advisor when I left Philadelphia for Silicon Valley in 2010. The idea was that everyone needs sales, so tell people that is what you do. My advisor telling me this...
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