X

Insights

Whether you're embarking on your very first startup or relying on decades of entrepreneurial experience, Square 1 can help you stay on track and informed with insights and advice from the best minds in the industry.

< back
Featured Insight

What to Look for in a Co-founder

Read
David Ehrenberg
Early Growth Financial Services
Jason Frankel Jason Frankel Guest Contributor

Merge Well—How to Integrate an Acquisition

November 15, 2018

This post was originally published here on November 6, 2018.

After a merger, integrating companies requires high levels of coordination from across the newly formed organization. Though integration is the final step in the M&A process, it can also be the most complex, involving leadership, operations, finance and change-management. Companies that manage to integrate smoothly will achieve their goals, whether that’s scale, strategic synergies or accelerated growth, with the least amount of distraction to the core business.

Read
David Ehrenberg David Ehrenberg Guest Contributor

What to Look for in a Co-founder

November 15, 2018

This article was originally published here.

Before he was President of Early Growth Financial Services, Gadiel Morantes, was a part-time startup co-founder – an experience that taught him a ton about what it takes to be a startup and how to scale a business. One of the biggest lessons he learned was that if you want to scale quickly, you have to be working on your venture full-time. Gadiel and his partner were both part-time and eventually decided to close up shop. However, they achieved many successes along the way, and they attribute that success to being aligned.

Read
Nick Moran Nick Moran Guest Contributor

Investor Stories 96 | What’s Next (Ascher, Medved, Fontana)

November 15, 2018

This podcast originally aired here on October 1, 2018.

On this segment of The Full Ratchet, investors Brian Ascher (Venrock), Joe Medved (Lerer Hippeau) and Ash Fontana (Zetta Venture Partners) discuss sectors, drivers and/or trends that may have significant impact in the future and are potentially positioned for outsized-returns.

Read
Michael Brown Michael Brown Guest Contributor

The Sales Learning Curve For Start-Up Companies

November 1, 2018

This article was originally published here on October 25, 2018.

The sales learning curve is an important concept introduced by Stanford professors Mark Leslie and Charles Holloway roughly 12 years ago. It is a concept that we have borrowed from a lot here at Bowery Capital and believe it remains one of the more underrated academic concepts in the new world of business software.

Read
Joe Floyd Joe Floyd Guest Contributor

The 5M’s: How Emergence Evaluates Series A Pitches

November 1, 2018

This article was originally posted here.

As the first significant infusion of capital, Series A investment marks a pivotal moment in the life of a startup and can accelerate entrepreneurs toward their vision. At Emergence, we evaluate over 1,000 Series A pitches from enterprise cloud entrepreneurs every year. This means that we’ve logged our 10,000+ Malcolm Gladwell hours over the last decade and can safely say we are experts at evaluating early stage enterprise cloud companies. This is our 5M framework for how we evaluate enterprise Series A opportunities and why these attributes matter for long term startup success.

Read
Nick Moran Nick Moran Guest Contributor

Investor Stories 95 | Why I Passed (Kaden, Hardiman, Simoudis)

November 1, 2018

This podcast originally aired here on September 7, 2018.

On this segment of The Full Ratchet, investors Rebecca Kaden (Union Square Ventures), James Hardiman (Data Collective) and Evangelos Simoudis (Synapse Partners) highlight a situation where they decided not to invest, why they passed, and how it played out.

Read
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.

Read
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.

Read
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.

Read
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.

Read

© 2005-2018 Square 1 Bank, a division of Pacific Western Bank. Member FDIC. All rights reserved.