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A typical VC’s pipeline: How 1,200 leads result in 10 investments

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A typical VC’s pipeline: How 1,200 leads result in 10 investments

April 20, 2014 7:35 am by | 0 Comments

When I meet with entrepreneurs, I am often asked about the VC “pipeline.” How many deals do we see? How many meetings? How often do we conduct due diligence? How…


Building a new product for doctors? An MD/VC has some advice for winning over early adopters

Building a new product for doctors? An MD/VC has some advice for winning over early adopters

April 21, 2014 12:02 pm by | 0 Comments

Dr. Akhil Saklecha has seen many a startup stumble over the process of getting physician adoption of new technology. If a company fails to get physicians on board early in…


Building an app for clinical trial participants? Note these common misconceptions people have

Building an app for clinical trial participants? Note these common misconceptions people have

April 14, 2014 3:56 pm by | 1 Comments

Connecting patients with clinical trials that they’re eligible for, and keeping them engaged once they enroll, has sparked many a digital health company. And for good reason: Clinical trials cost…



Don’t forget to reality check your pitch before giving it to this accelerator director

Don’t forget to reality check your pitch before giving it to this accelerator director

April 12, 2014 8:00 am by | 0 Comments

Digital health is finally coming of age. Young companies are making waves, but they’re also under more scrutiny by everyone from investors to the FDA. Healthcare experts and entrepreneurs will…


Looking for startup advice? Call Microsoft’s Indian hotline

Looking for startup advice? Call Microsoft’s Indian hotline

April 11, 2014 10:20 am by | 0 Comments

Startups face all sorts of vexing questions. Now they have a place to turn for advice: a toll-free hotline established by Microsoft. Seriously. The initiative, called JumpStart, comes from the Indian…


Facebook acquisition shows why SEC needs to hurry up already with equity crowdfunding rules

Facebook acquisition shows why SEC needs to hurry up already with equity crowdfunding rules

April 9, 2014 12:36 pm by | 0 Comments

Above: Aaron Davies, head of developer relations at Oculus. Image Credit: Dean TakahashiWhen Facebook purchased Oculus VR for $2 billion last month, many people got rich — just not the…


Attention startups: Kabbage has $270M more to lend to small businesses

Attention startups: Kabbage has $270M more to lend to small businesses

April 9, 2014 8:56 am by | 0 Comments

Kabbage, a company that offers loans to small businesses, now has even more funds of its own to work with.
The company announced today that it has closed a $270 million credit facility, which should make it cheaper and easier for Kabbage to loan out mo…


Your VC funding will be wasted if you don’t have a plan for spending it

Your VC funding will be wasted if you don’t have a plan for spending it

April 9, 2014 8:30 am by | 0 Comments

For founders, taking funding is about more than adding working capital — it acts as a catalyst for things to come. It provides a third-party validation that attracts the interest…



8 tips for the perfect investor pitch: Honesty, alignment, details

8 tips for the perfect investor pitch: Honesty, alignment, details

April 8, 2014 12:33 pm by | 0 Comments

In my last post, I shared eight tips for creating the perfect pitch deck. After such an overwhelming response (tens of thousands of readers, 45 questions via Twitter/email, and almost 5,000…


Mobile health startups — these 3 trends are driving opportunities for enterprise apps

Mobile health startups — these 3 trends are driving opportunities for enterprise apps

April 5, 2014 4:56 pm by | 0 Comments

As an investor in enterprise mobile startups, I meet with hundreds of entrepreneurs every year whose business plans include the “mobile” buzzword. Many of them are app companies that target…


Advertising on Facebook? The days of low-hanging fruit are over

Advertising on Facebook? The days of low-hanging fruit are over

March 15, 2014 2:09 pm by | 0 Comments

Last quarter Facebook took in a record $2.5 billion from advertising targeting its billion-plus members. That’s probably in part because buying ads on Facebook is an incredibly easy thing: Hook up a…


Alarm fatigue from too many app alerts: Data geek goes cold turkey

Alarm fatigue from too many app alerts: Data geek goes cold turkey

March 15, 2014 2:00 pm by | 0 Comments

I’ve decided not to receive any more notifications on my phones. No, I’m not a Luddite. Just someone who’s escaping the noise and anxiety caused by a mostly broken system….


Does this belong in my pitch deck? VCs weigh in (Part 2)

Does this belong in my pitch deck? VCs weigh in (Part 2)

March 13, 2014 6:00 am by | 1 Comments

Each year, one courageous startup takes to the podium at the Ohio Venture Association’s annual summit to pitch the business to three investors and dozens of others watching from the…


Three lessons learned from SXSW pitch competitions: What not to do

Three lessons learned from SXSW pitch competitions: What not to do

March 11, 2014 5:31 am by | 0 Comments

You couldn’t throw a free beer coozie at SXSW this year without hitting a pitch contest. The main SXSW accelerator had two days of pitches and six tracks, including one…


Entrepreneurs, take the wheel. Building a vibrant startup community is in your hands.

Entrepreneurs, take the wheel. Building a vibrant startup community is in your hands.

March 8, 2014 7:00 am by | 1 Comments

This week I’ve been bouncing around entrepreneurship events in Ohio, listening to startup founders and investors talk about the challenges they’re facing in growing startups in Ohio and elsewhere right…


When should you take on venture debt? When you don’t need the money

When should you take on venture debt? When you don’t need the money

March 6, 2014 2:45 pm by | 1 Comments

Debt isn’t always a dirty word in the world of startups. Yesterday I heard John Hoesley from Silicon Valley Bank give a brief presentation on venture debt as a funding…