Venture Capital

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Startup Funding = How Much Ya Bench?

So much of today’s press in the business world revolves around the amount of startup funding a young company receives. This constant bombardment of funding news is having a negative effect on entrepreneurs, it is distracting them from what’s important. Words cannot express how bad this...

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TrepScore Secures Funding from Techstars and Business Rockstars

Santa Monica, CA- (Oct 27, 2014) TrepScore, the intuitive data management software for startup founders, today announced that it has closed financing from Techstars’ Bullet Time Ventures. This comes after recent investments by Business Rockstars, a national radio/online video show focused on entrepreneurship, and several...

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Tips for Investing in Startups

The billion dollar acquisitions of companies like WhatsApp ($19B), Tumblr ($1B) and Waze ($950M) are creating a mounting global appetite for investing in startups. This can be an extremely rewarding asset class if you have the right contacts, capital and know-how to navigate the space....

Jay Samit
Trep Tips: 4 Secrets When Determining Valuations

Every time a twenty-something CEO turns down a multibillion-dollar offer for a company that has little or no revenues it hits a raw nerve in me. Unlike most professionals, I am not shocked by the seemingly bizarre behavior of those founders who pursue their vision...

Wealth Management
How Wealth Managers Should View Startup Investing by Clients

Now more than ever wealth managers and financial advisors are fielding questions from their clients about investing in startup companies. Wealth managers might see over a dozen pitchdecks cross their desks in a given week. Are they are a threat? How should managers react? It is...

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Moneyball for Startup Investing: Why Hasn’t it Been Done Already?

In Moneyball for Startup Investing Part 1 of this series, we outlined how early stages investing today in many ways resembles baseball player scouting before Billy Beane came along. We pointed out a number of the pitfalls in human judgment, including certain biases and shortcuts...