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183. Shut Down Week and Write Offs

This week, we’re covering an important but difficult topic: shutting down your startup. If you’re asking yourself the question, you may already have the answer. And your investors may have already written your company down.


181. The Power of Specificity

Allyson joins us to share her insights on providing specificity to the problem being solved. A founder has to be able to convey the severity of the problem and the specific upside to solving it. Without both, investors know customers just won’t buy.


179. Follow Ons Part 2: Everything Takes Longer

The time between startup fundraises has grown significantly. Additionally, the time between venture fund vintages has also grown, resulting in a slowdown of capital deployment. All while venture funds buoy the healthy companies in their portfolio with follow-on capital.


176. Simplicity is Genius

Clear communication is crucial for startup CEOs to sell their vision effectively to investors, customers, and employees. SpringTime partner, Allyson Plosko, shares why Simplicity is Genius.


174. The Power of Updates

Stay Top of Mind: Learn why regular updates are crucial for startup founders to maintain investor interest and support, especially during fundraising rounds.


173. Season 4 Kick Off

Welcome back to another season of VC Minute! We are pleased to introduce our sponsor, AVL Growth Partners. And I talk (briefly) about the #1 thing you should be asking Seed Phase investors right now.


172. Valuation Is Only One Part of the Term Sheet

Founders should look beyond dilution in term sheets, focusing on board configuration’s significance and understanding the option pool’s impact. AJ offers words of encouragement, emphasizing resilience and daily learning for success in the competitive market.


157. There’s Never Been A Better Time To Start A Company

While funding is down, it’s down less at Seed. Angel investing is down, but it’s likely leveled out and will hold steady. There is still a plethora of capital available, and there are incredible tools to start businesses using low/no-code. There’s never been a better time to start a company.


141. Pattern Matching & Recency Bias

VC’s are pattern matching all the time and recency bias can really put its thumb on the scales when it comes to decision making. Do you best to understand the patterns, especially the recent ones.


113. The Penny Gap

Why is the differentiation between pre-revenue and any revenue at all so important? The answer is from a classic startup post.


112. Do You Invest Pre-Revenue

Ask a VC, “do you invest pre-revenue?” and 90% of them are going to say some version of, “it depends.” Think of revenue as just one throttle. What are the other throttles you have down?


111. Messaging Market Fit

Messaging market fit is making sure that the right people are hearing your message, but that it also fits with their beliefs and what they want to hear.


102. Founder Intros

A venture fund’s most trusted source for referrals is its portfolio. Stand out from the crowd by getting an introduction through a fellow founder.


092. Fundraising Is Hard

Dama, the CEO of our portfolio company Manatee, pulled a fundraising rabbit out of her hat. She shares her fundraising advice this week… and it’s good!