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 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 FoundersEntrepreneur, 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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East Coast vs West Coast Investors: A Difference in Perspective on Seed Investment

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East Coast vs West Coast Investors: A Difference in Perspective on Seed Investmentangel investors, Entrepreneur, fundraising, New York, startups, value, VC

by vanessaalexandra on March 1, 2015 with 1 comment

There are many differences between the startup scenes in the east coast and west coast.  The west coast overall is a much more mature market with a lot more capital to put to work and east coast, primarily New York, has exploded in the last few years.  I meet with New York investors and their surprise …

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“I’m starting a fund….” – Yes, so is everyone else

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“I’m starting a fund….” – Yes, so is everyone elseEntrepreneur, funding, fundraising, VC

by vanessaalexandra on October 16, 2013 with 0 comment

I am not  starting a fund, but I continue to hear people begin conversations this way.  Though people have advised that I should start a fund or run a fund, and there are others that simply say, ‘you do not want to start a fund.’  People with 3 to 4 funds have a very different …

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Leaving Corporate: Before taking the Big Leap

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Leaving Corporate: Before taking the Big Leapcareers, change, ERA, jobs, Lean In, networking, opportunity, startups, VC

by vanessaalexandra on August 16, 2013 with 0 comment

Leaping from corporate, where your world is comfortable, is tough to do.  I had a dinner with former colleagues recently and I asked one if he felt challenged at work and if he was learning, he became very tense and rigidly responded, “No comment.”  Apparently I hit a nerve, but I had not seen this …

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New York Demo Days from 500 Startups to FinTech Innovation

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New York Demo Days from 500 Startups to FinTech Innovation500 Startups, angel investors, demo day, DreamIt, early stage, Entrepreneur, ERA, funding, New York, startups, TechStars, VC

by vanessaalexandra on August 5, 2013 with 0 comment

Demo Days are fun events where companies leaving accelerators get an opportunity to present their progress to date and capital requirements on a well orchestrated stage in front of investors, potential partners and press.  It is a show and the momentum created by demo day is significant.  I have learned that companies get closer to …

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Is the Accelerator Model Broken?

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Is the Accelerator Model Broken?angel investors, early stage, optimize, startups, value, VC

by vanessaalexandra on August 2, 2013 with 0 comment

About a year ago and after working at New York Angels for a few months, I realized that as hot as the early stage venture scene is, I could not figure as to the number of deals being funded leant itself to prove high success for these companies in 1, 2, or more years.   …

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