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The Office ‘Non-Denominational Holiday Mixer’

Tips for keeping Everyone Safe and Out of Trouble During the Company Holiday Party   There is a reason why Saturday Night Live (SNL), The Office, and Office Christmas Party poke fun at office ‘Non-denominational Holiday Mixers.’  Feel free to watch any of these videos at your own risk to see what I mean. It is the corporate world’s attempt to be inclusive while employees cut loose in celebration for various reasons. Because each company’s culture is unique, there […]

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Is Your Startup As Secure As You Think It Is?

What You Need to Know about Cybersecurity     Cyber Awareness Month  For the record, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) was not created in resistance to Skynet, the ‘Synthetic Intelligent Machine Network’ despite the title of this blog. The National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCSA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) launched the initiative in October of 2004 in an effort to help Americans be more secure online. In this month’s blog, we focus our attention on cyber trends in business and offer a few tips from Connor’ to keep data […]

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How to Choose Wisely When It Comes to Accelerators and VCs

How to Choose the Best VC or Accelerator for Your Startup…     Raising funds seems like the Holy Grail of the startup community. Spend time around an accelerator or co-working space in ATX, and you will overhear someone talking about raising money. For many first-time founders, this will be one of the biggest frustrations since most VCs typically don’t invest in first-time founders. In this month’s blog, we share some tips to increase your probability of finding the […]

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What Happens to Your Insurance Program If You Don’t IPO?

Advice for Startups That Fail to IPO and Have Insurance Concerns…     Though many tech entrepreneurs dream of taking a company public, the reality is very few companies (particularly in Austin) go public. Recently, in Austin we had Sailpoint go public and Phunware do a merger into a publicly traded company (count it) but that’s about it. Anand Sanwal, co-founder and CEO of CB Insights, puts it bluntly in a CNN Tech article , “less than 1% — will go public.”  For […]

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Key Man Life: Your VC Wants Key Man Life Insurance on You and Why It’s Not ‘Weird’

The Importance of Key Man Life Insurance…     Often times, Key Man Life is a requirement from institutional investment firms as part of their investment in a company. There was a similar scenario in the movie Along Came Polly if you have seen it.  Some startup CEOs often wonder why this could be required.  In this month’s blog, we explain why they want VCs to have it and a few nuances with underwriting.  Why Do They Ask You to Get It?  In short: Investors are looking to protect their investment in […]

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