Current Market for Liquidity Preferences and Dividends

Recently an entrepreneur asked me what the current market was for liquidity preferences and dividends for institutional investors funding startups in the region. As a background, liquidity preferences are a provision investors often ask for as part of a preferred security that guarantees them some amount of money before other shareholders receive any money in the event…

Breaking the Minor League of Startups Mentality

OK, I admit it. Tech entrepreneurs outside Silicon Valley often have a chip on their shoulder. There’s this pervasive idea that if you’re in the Valley you’re competing in the Major Leagues, otherwise you’re playing in the Minors. The majority of the press is about startups in Silicon Valley, the majority of the unicorns (companies…

A Guide to Atlanta’s Startup Scene

Paul Judge has a great guest post on PandoDaily titled Hip-hop, housewives and hot startups: A guide to Atlanta’s startup scene. He lays out the standard talking points around Georgia Tech talent, large number of Fortune 500 companies, recent exits like AirWatch to VMware for $1.4 billion, and hot startups like BitPay and Yik Yak. Beyond…

Over-Communicating in a Startup

I’ll be the first to admit it: I’m not the best at communicating. I have a ton of ideas in my head and I know exactly where we’re going, but I have a tendency to overlook the fact that just because I feel confident about things that everyone else feels confident as well. Fortunately, I recognize that communicating…

Early Adopter Users and Startup Communities

When starting out one of the biggest challenges is finding early adopter users. You know, the types of people that love trying new things and are happy being the guinea pig. As part of customer discovery, it’s important to talk to as many relevant people as possible and work to find the best opportunity in the…