How Much Capital Should You Raise?

24th November, 2015 No Comments Blog , Fundraising

Entrepreneurs embarking on a fundraising process struggle with this question.  Will you suffer too much dilution by raising too much?  Do you need to raise at least a certain amount to get the attention of certain investors?  What if you set your sights too high and fall short? I suggest that the answer is fairly simple, […]

Fundraising for Founders

30th October, 2015 No Comments Blog

I find that I spend a lot of time talking with founders about how to go about raising a first (or second) round of capital.  I recently put together the presentation below to summarize much of the advice I typically share. Fundraising guide from Thatcher Bell

Event Best Practices

25th September, 2015 No Comments Blog , CoVenture , Fundraising

Some people naturally make a good impression at a cocktail party, fundraiser or conference.  Charisma and enthusiasm help, but a few practical habits go a long way as well: Introduce yourself to anyone you don’t see regularly (e.g less than weekly).  Many people have trouble remembering names and doing this will put them at ease. […]

About CoVenture: Update

31st August, 2015 No Comments CoVenture

I find myself explaining what we do at CoVenture more as our model evolves.  This post is meant to compliment and expand on my original post on Joining CoVenture; as such, I’ll skip the preamble here. At CoVenture, we do two things together with and for startup companies: We write software in exchange for equity, […]

Internet of Evil Things?

21st July, 2015 No Comments Blog

Cory Doctorow gave a very interesting speech recently at the Personal Democracy Forum (hosted by my friend Andrew Rasiej).  He spoke about the “Internet of Things” (IoT) and the risk that Internet-connected devices could be hacked (or programmed by their OEMs) to do things that a user might not want them to do.  Specifically, he […]