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What Deal Structure Should You Use
There are two primary deal structures for your startup fundraise. There's the convertible note which is a debt instrument that converts to equity later. However, if you want to use a straight debt instrument you should use a promissory note. Then there's equity. It gives ownership rights in the company.…
Investor Connect – Grant Newlin of Newlin Ventures
In this episode, Hall welcomes Grant Newlin of Newlin Ventures. Grant started his career as a management consultant at UI, before moving to investment banking, M&A, financial planning, and eventually working in food tech with Kraft Heinz. He ultimately started working with New Stack Ventures doing angel deals, before founding…
How Much Funding Should you Raise?
Every day I ask entrepreneurs how much they are raising. Most begin with the big number--the full and complete raise they anticipate to run. This ranges usually between $1m and $10M. It's good to have the big picture in mind. Some actually consider raising it all at once because "they…
Investor Connect – Reed Berglund of iSnap
In this episode, Hall welcomes Reed Berglund of iSnap. Reed is a tech startup advisor and CEO of iSnap, a SAAS company with a platform that is helping businesses collect customer video stories and gauge customer satisfaction. As an advisor, Reed supports a portfolio of the company's capital, content, time…
Five Competitive Advantages: Virality
Competitive advantages increase revenue by 30% over the competition or decrease cost by 30%. Virality is a key competitive advantage in which users invite other users to join your platform. Virality reduces your cost of customer acquisition. It's is different from Network Effects. Network Effects shows the platform increasing in…
Investor Connect – Ciarán Hynes of COSIMO Ventures
In this episode, Hall welcomes Ciarán Hynes, co-founder and Managing Partner at COSIMO Ventures, a deep technology firm specializing in Blockchain. With over ten years of deep tech market experience, Ciarán leverages his extensive network of investors, advisors, government agencies and business leaders throughout the U.S. to bring strategic benefits…
Five Competitive Advantages: Network Effects
A competitive advantage increases revenue by 30% over the competition or decreases cost by 30%. Most businesses increase in value as the customer base grows and validates the product/service. Users encourage others to join the platform. This is called Network Effects. As the number of users grow, so the value…
Investor Connect – James Somauroo of HS.Ventures
In this episode, Hall welcomes James Somauroo of HS. Ventures. James is a Founding Partner at HS. Ventures, which build, scales and invests in the best health tech startups. James is a health tech contributor for Forbes and hosts the HS. Health-Tech Podcast, which is listened to in 80 countries.…
Five Competitive Advantages: Platform Based Solutions
Competitive advantages increase revenue by 30% over the competition or decrease cost by 30%. A platform-based solution is a competitive advantage over a single-product company, as a platform brings an inherent cost advantage. Platforms reuse the research, design, architecture, and product packaging. Customer support is also reused. Consider adopting a…
Investor Connect – Kevin King of Texas Halo Fund
In this episode, Hall welcomes Kevin King, Managing Director of Texas Halo Fund. Texas Halo Fund (THF) is an investment company that specializes in investing in early-stage businesses with promising growth prospects and exceptional management teams. Their investment approach identifies compelling businesses from multiple sources and without regard to the…