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This Week In Techstars – Behind the Scenes of I’m a VC

David Cohen came over to my version of “the Bunker” and filmed an episode of This Week In Techstars.  Also, featured is Coursekit, a New York Techstars team that has impressed me enough that I’m using their software in the class that I teach.  

Finally an Option for Early Escrow Liquidity

VCs understand the reality that when we exit a portfolio company, a portion of the consideration is virtually always tied up in escrow for one to two years.  We hope that it is all eventually paid out, but sometimes it’s not and that’s difficult to plan for. What if we could sell escrow interests at…

The Real Truth About Inside-Led Financing Rounds

A new academic paper seeks to destroy the myth that venture capitalists use inside rounds to dilute founders by issuing themselves cheap stock. Sure, there are plenty of lawsuits that claim this, but I’ve actually never seen it happen when reputable firms are involved. This paper is the first empirical study of its kind and…

Phil Weiser Selected Next Dean of the University of Colorado Law School

Today, the University of Colorado Law School announced that Phil Weiser will be its next Dean. This is a tremendously good day for the law school and community. Phil was previously a professor at the law school, the founder of the Silicon Flatirons and worked as a senior adviser for technology and innovation to the…

The Crowd to the Rescue: Article One Partners and patent litigation defense

Could the crowd be the answer to what ails our broken patent system?  Probably not for all the problems, but perhaps the crowd can put a stop to some meaningless patent lawsuits brought by patent trolls (er, excuse me. “Non Practicing Entities”). A while ago, I wrote about Article One Partners.  They essentially use the crowd…

Before You Become a Shareholder Rep, Consider This

Shareholder Representative Service recently published a nice short piece on things one should consider before becoming a shareholder representative. You can find it here: http://www.shareholderrep.com/Tips.pdf Bottom line, consider the responsibility very carefully.

VRBO’s Questionable Review Policy / Shame on VRBO

For those of you who use Vacation Rentals By Owner (VRBO), I’ve recently become aware of a policy that is quite disconcerting:  I believe that their reviews are more geared for making property owners look good than to be useful, transparent and truthful to potential renters. My fiance and I recently rented a place from…

Don’t Fall To This Trademark Scam

I’m constantly amazed by the amount of scams that I see on the Internet, through email / mail and on AM Radio. Today, however, I may have seen the best one yet. This looks totally official. And it’s priced so high, it’s actually somewhat believable that it’s real. But it’s not. They are charging $1000+…

Application for a Night out with the Boys

It’s Friday and y’all know that you are itching for a little bit of time away from your significant other.  Sure, you care for them dearly, but every once in a while it’s great to get out with your friends and let loose. In my efforts to improve the efficiency of our legal system and…