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Venture Capital

Yet Another Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Be a Shareholder Representative

Dan Primack has a great article today called “The Private Equity Firm that Trusted Too Much.” It’s the sad story of private equity firm General Atlantic taking the role of shareholder rep and in doing so, acquiesced to an $8 million dollar claim without doing any research to see if it was valid. What next?…

Really Cool Data About Merger Economics

For anyone not familiar with mergers, if you sell a company, you rarely get the full purchase price at the closing. Some of it is usually held in an escrow account for a year or so to allow the buyer to see if there are any issues related to the acquired company that would entitle…

Groupon is not a Bubble Make

Last Friday, I noticed a tweet from my friend Aziz Gilani (@texasvc) at DFJ Mercury: “When asked questions by the audience, john doerr just filed groupon under ‘bubble’. The crowd roared! @rbpc2011″ Normally, the half-life of tweets are about 5 minutes for me (if that), but this one stuck in my head all weekend because…

Celebrate 65 years of Venture Capital April 6th in Boston

To celebrate the 65th anniversary of the venture capital industry and the outstanding entrepreneurs that the venture capitalists have funded and supported, Xconomy, in partnership with the National Venture Capital Association and the MIT Museum, is organizing a conference and celebration to take place on April 6. Held in concert with the National Venture Capital…

CU New Venture Challenge is Back!

If you’d like to see what the student start-up scene is like in Boulder, check out the Third Annual CU New Venture Challenge Championships on the evening of Thursday, March 10th in the Wolf Law Building on campus. Supported by Silicon Flatirons and several other academic partners, this campus-wide business plan competition encourages students from…

Call For All US-based Open Coffee Clubs

About 4 years ago, I founded the Boulder Open Coffee Club.  It’s been a massive success with about 50-70 people attending each event.  The popularity of it, in fact, has led to the creation of a Denver Open Coffee Club by local entrepreneur Michael Sitarzewski. The Coffee Club has become a real local hub where…

For the Best Chance of Getting Funded, Move Your Startup to Colorado

From website FormDs.com, this is a somewhat surprising map of Form Ds from the last year by state.  Form Ds are filed when a company raises money, so it’s a great proxy of where companies are getting funded.  (The original map can be found here). You’ll note that per million people, Colorado is in the…

A Very Unique M&A Deal Terms Study

I read a lot of M&A deal term summaries.  While I really appreciate the knowledge gleaned from these reports, they all suffer from the same problems:  They are usually biased toward publically filed transactions and those particular deals serviced by the particular bank or law firm whom is author of the report. Today, Shareholder Representative…

Boulder’s First FounderMatch Event

One of the questions that I’m asked the most is “how do I find a business partner in Boulder?”  I always liken it to dating – it’s really not that much different.  Thanks to the hard work of Tracy DeCicco, we now have a founder matching event in Boulder. Here are the details: Come Meet…