Americana

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Americanaeconomics, history

by vanessaalexandra on December 30, 2018 with Comments Off on Americana

I picked up Americana: A 400 Year History of American Capitalism this time last year. It is an historical count of American history told via the lens of innovation and, of course, capitalism. The political environment and economic shifts are mentioned in the development of a new era or deflationary period, but they are generally …

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How I Learned to Cook: High Demand and Limited Resources

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How I Learned to Cook: High Demand and Limited ResourcesUncategorized

by vanessaalexandra on September 12, 2018 with Comments Off on How I Learned to Cook: High Demand and Limited Resources

My 25 year old self would not recognize me today. Specifically in the context of cooking and the amount of time I spend cooking. So much has changed. I can cook now. Not make a dish or two. I mean I can cook. I breeze through the grocery store knowing what to pick up in …

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Half Life in New York

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Half Life in New YorkNew York

by vanessaalexandra on September 9, 2018 with Comments Off on Half Life in New York

I reached my half life in New York this past August. It was 15 years ago that I moved to New York to attend NYU, which is the equal amount of time that I lived in my hometown. Crossing the chasm to setting up and living in a very different world from my upbringing has …

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VanessaDice on Twitter

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VanessaDice on TwitterUncategorized

by vanessaalexandra on February 6, 2018 with Comments Off on VanessaDice on Twitter

TasteLifeWrite was my official handle on twitter. I loved it because it summed up how I liked to experience life and highlighted the personal reflection and introspective aspects of how I operate with the word Write. It was personal and simple and it was me. I then got into tech and working in seed stage. …

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The Desert to Seed is Covered in Convertible Notes

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The Desert to Seed is Covered in Convertible Notesfundraising

by vanessaalexandra on February 2, 2018 with Comments Off on The Desert to Seed is Covered in Convertible Notes

Time and again I advise entrepreneurs to be mindful of convertible debt. Notes and SAFEs are very popular, but raising multiple notes hides the amount of dilution an entrepreneur is giving up. I find I need to explain this to every entrepreneur I meet. When you get to your equity round, all of those notes …

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Updates for Investors: Case Example of Planted

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Updates for Investors: Case Example of Plantedstartups, Uncategorized, VC

by vanessaalexandra on January 9, 2018 with Comments Off on Updates for Investors: Case Example of Planted

Keeping your investors up to date in a structured format helps keep your time free from random inquiries and it forces you to reflect on your progress and needs. Being forced to summarize your wins, challenges and asks helps you plan better for your next goals. As fund managers, we keep to this practice with …

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Working with Founders

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Working with FoundersEntrepreneur, founders, operations, optimize, startups, VC

by vanessaalexandra on January 5, 2018 with Comments Off on Working with Founders

After closing we will meet with the founders and have a deeper conversation around early goals, what their plans are, and provide feedback. Depending on the product stage or stage in seed – because yes, it has become that broad – we will provide help in the following formats. If we are first institutional money …

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Opportunities for Diverse FoundersUncategorized

by vanessaalexandra on January 4, 2018 with Comments Off on Opportunities for Diverse Founders

There are numerous funds, accelerators and initiatives that are supporting diverse founders. This post will be an active list of the opportunities for founders to source and share. If you have an initiative that you would like to add then send me a note via my contact form here. Two of those initiatives have upcoming …

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Initial Pitch Deck: Getting to the next step with seed investorsUncategorized

by vanessaalexandra on August 8, 2017 with Comments Off on Initial Pitch Deck: Getting to the next step with seed investors

I have been reviewing pitch decks for investment as well as serving as VC in Residence at Friends of eBay and speaking on more panels lately. In all of these instances, these questions always arise “What should I include in my pitch deck?” “How do I get an investor’s attention?” Some decks are too heavy on everything …

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