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Microbiome Primer

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Phil Gager
Square 1 Bank
Phil Gager Phil Gager Managing Director, New England

Microbiome Primer

April 18, 2018

If you are a member of the venture community, you have been seeing microbiome startups spring up like, well, the microbes in your gut. We estimate that north of $1 billion has gone into funding more than fifty companies over the last five years for therapeutic and diagnostic applications alone. Adding agricultural, nutraceutical, and cosmetic companies to the mix makes the trend even more pronounced.

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Jamie Goldstein Jamie Goldstein Guest Contributor

There Has to Be a Better Way

April 17, 2018

This article was originally published here
I’ve been an entrepreneur and venture capitalist since 1994. I’ve seen multiple cycles for our industry — good times followed by bad times followed by good. The firm I worked with for 18 years helped finance over 150 companies, a few dozen in which I was personally involved. The sample size is big enough to spot a few patterns, and having done so I’m left thinking there has to be a better way.

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Michael Lilly Michael Lilly Guest Contributor

Startup Sales Tips–Helping You Land Your First Customer

April 17, 2018

This article was originally published here.
Most of the startup companies we work with at EGFS spend their early days building out their great teams and technologies.  There will come a point, however, when this development must lead to sales and company growth. For many founders, this may be their first time selling a product or service, so we decided to put together a guide to help you close your first sales and start growing your business.

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Nick Moran Nick Moran Guest Contributor

Investor Stories 79 | Why I Invested (Farmer, Olsen, Cowan)

April 5, 2018

This podcast was originally posted on The Full Ratchet on February 20, 2018.
On this special segment of The Full Ratchet, Chris Farmer (Signal Fire), Chris Olsen (Drive Capital) and David Cowan (Bessemer Venture Partners) describe a situation where they decided to invest, what key factors led to “yes” and how that investment has worked out.

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David Ehrenberg David Ehrenberg Guest Contributor

Venture Capital Term Sheet: 7 Things You Need to Know

April 5, 2018

This article was originally published here
So you think you’ve found an investor who’s committed to backing your company? Awesome job! But before you break out the bubbly, you need to make sure that you’ve got all the pieces in place to make this deal go through—in a way that benefits and protects you, as well as your potential investor.

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How Founder CEOs Can Beat The Odds + Remain The Captain Of Their Ships

April 5, 2018

This article was originally published here on February 27, 2018
Many of us are aware that the tenure of most S&P 500 CEOs is not long—about nine years, on average. But what about startup and venture-backed CEOs—individuals who have chosen to be captain of their own ship?

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Nick Moran Nick Moran Guest Contributor

Investor Stories 78 | Why I Passed (Coelius, Benaich, Calacanis)

March 8, 2018

This podcast was originally posted on The Full Ratchet on February 1, 2018.
Each investor highlights a situation where they decided not to invest, why they passed, and how it played out.

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Michael Brown Michael Brown Guest Contributor

Unconventional Tips For Better Board Meetings

March 8, 2018

This article was originally published here on March 5, 2018.
Everyone has been there before. Your SaaS company has grown so much that board meetings have become bored meetings. They are now seven hours long with multiple investor classes and a lot of people with unique voices in the room. The deck is one hundred pages long. Stoppage time per slide is enormous. You as a founder are struggling as your Board of Directors asks every meeting to change up your slides. Looking for better board meetings and a more productive experience? Here are some unconventional tips for better board meetings from the Bowery Capital perspective.

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Lee Hower Lee Hower Guest Contributor

Taking Corporate VC: When It Makes Sense

March 8, 2018

This article was originally published here on January 11, 2017.
In recent years we’ve seen more and more corporations become more active or establish strategic VC arms.  When there are many waves of innovation (AI/ML, voice, IoT, genomics, autonomous vehicles, blockchain, etc) propagating across many industries, it’s natural for corporations to use strategic investment as one way to harness that innovation for their own purposes.  These corporate VC activities go hand in hand with other strategies of large companies including internal R&D, IP licensing, M&A, etc.  

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Jonathan Roosevelt Jonathan Roosevelt Guest Contributor

Monetizing Venture Round Access Through SPVs

February 23, 2018

This article was originally published on industryventures.com on February 6, 2018.
At a basic level, venture capital success comes down to the quality of sourcing, selection, access, value-add, and the exit. The latter two aspects are perennial differentiators that will likely remain important drivers of success. However, in a funding universe that has dramatically expanded – to more and deeper pocketed VCs, as well as to angels, micro funds, incubators, and advisors – early sourcing and selection no longer guarantee access.

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