Americana

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Americana economics, history

by vanessaalexandra on December 30, 2018 with 0 comment

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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Half Life in New York

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Half Life in New York New York

by vanessaalexandra on September 9, 2018 with 0 comment

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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Updates for Investors: Case Example of Planted

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Updates for Investors: Case Example of Planted startups, Uncategorized, VC

by vanessaalexandra on January 9, 2018 with 0 comment

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 Founders Entrepreneur, founders, operations, optimize, startups, VC

by vanessaalexandra on January 5, 2018 with 0 comment

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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Initial Pitch Deck: Getting to the next step with seed investors Uncategorized

by vanessaalexandra on August 8, 2017 with 0 comment

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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