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The Entrepreneur Expectation Gap

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Top Tier Capital Partners Top Tier Capital Partners Guest Contributor

The Rise of Unicorn Startups

October 19, 2018

This article was originally published here on September 24, 2018.

One of the trends we’ve been tracking here at Top Tier is what we like to call the rise of the “Private Company IPO”. The Private Company IPO reflects the upsurge of rapidly growing “unicorn” companies with $1B+ private valuations raising increasingly large growth rounds.

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Afore Capital Afore Capital Guest Contributor

The Entrepreneur Expectation Gap

October 19, 2018

This article was originally published here on September 4, 2018.

There has been a shift beneath the feet of entrepreneurs seeking early stage venture funding. The problem is… no one told the founders. What was once Seed stage funding, today is more like Series A. Since we launched Afore two years ago, we’ve seen Seed stage round sizes and valuations spiral 3X and watch companies pound the pavement for up to 2.4 years before they are able to raise a Seed round.

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Nick Moran Nick Moran Guest Contributor

Investor Stories 93 | Lessons Learned (Zuberi, Coelius, Galbut)

October 19, 2018

This podcast originally aired here on August 6, 2018.

On this segment of The Full Ratchet, investors Bilal Zuberi (Lux Capital), Zach Coelius (Coelius Capital) and Elizabeth Galbut (SoGal Ventures) illustrate a critical lesson learned about startup investing and how it’s changed their approach.

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Nick Moran Nick Moran Guest Contributor

Investor Stories 90 | Post Mortems (Wallace, Shah, Medved)

October 3, 2018

This podcast originally aired here on July 1, 2018.

On this segment of The Full Ratchet, investors Brendan Wallace (Fifth Wall Ventures), Semil Shah (Haystack) and Joe Medved (Lerer Hippeau) discuss a portfolio company that did not survive and why it failed.

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Clint Myers Clint Myers Guest Contributor

Real Estate as a Canvas for Entrepreneurialism

October 3, 2018

This article was originally published here on August 17, 2018.

Rise of the Rest partner Mary Grove recently sponsored her 5th annual Silicon North Stars, a great program where roughly two dozen emerging high school students are given the opportunity to spend a week in the Bay Area, learning from venture capitalists and entrepreneurs.

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Joe Floyd Joe Floyd Guest Contributor

Emergence CEOs Share The Secrets to Raising Growth Capital

October 3, 2018

This article was originally published here on May 1, 2018.

Series B is known as both the hardest round to raise by entrepreneurs and the hardest to evaluate by investors. The data proves this out as approximately 50% of Series A funded companies raise a Series B. Why is it so hard?

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Nick Moran Nick Moran Guest Contributor

Investor Stories 89 | The Strange & Unusual (Farmer, Kaden, Narasin)

September 20, 2018

This podcast originally aired here on June 20, 2018.

On this segment of The Full Ratchet, investors Chris Farmer (SignalFire), Rebecca Kaden (Union Square Ventures) and Ben Narasin (NEA) describe the most unusual situation or pitch that they’ve encountered as an investor.

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Darwin Ling Darwin Ling Guest Contributor

Board Management Guideline for all new CEOs: Part 2

September 20, 2018

This article was originally published here on July 30, 2018.

In his first installment on the topic, Darwin Ling outlines 11 tips for board management. Here, he concludes with advice on forming compensation committees, selecting board observers and creating a great board package.

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David Ehrenberg David Ehrenberg Guest Contributor

Financial Planning: Essentials For Startups That Mean Business

September 20, 2018

This article was originally posted on Forbes, by David Ehrenberg, EGFS CEO & Founder, and here on Early Growth Financial Service’s blog.

Before you pitch to any investors, there are a few things you need to know to be successful. Part of building a pitch deck that will wow investors is making sure you have a financial plan that’s practical and tells the right story for your business, relative to its operational needs. That story goes well beyond your secret sauce and a five-star team, although those are important investor considerations.

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Nick Moran Nick Moran Guest Contributor

Investor Stories 88 | Lessons Learned (Hardiman, Benaich, Martino)

September 6, 2018

This podcast originally aired here on June 12, 2018.

On this segment of The Full Ratchet, investors James Hardiman (DCVC), Nathan Benaich (Point Nine Capital) and Paul Martino (Bullpen Capital) describe critical lessons learned about startup investing and how it’s changed their approach.

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