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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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D&O: Why Underwriters Care about Your Financial Runway?

Why Your Financial ‘Runway’ Is Important….     For startups, an underwriter asking for financial statements can seem invasive when searching for D&O (Directors & Officers) Insurance. So why do they ask? I talked to a few of my favorite underwriters to learn more about why the financial health of any startup is the #1 driver for a carrier to offer D&O terms and how it will affect your premium. Read on to […]

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Employment Practices Tips for Tech Startups

The Importance of Employment Practices for Tech Startups…   In general, this is one of the heavier topics we will cover, but I felt it was necessary given the recent headlines involving Travis Kalanick of Uber, Dave McClure of 500 Startups and Justin Caldbeck of Binary Capital. The mainstream news outlets are in no shortage of stories highlighting the sexual harassment situation in Silicon Valley. This month’s blog highlights some of the employment related issues in the startup ecosystem and provides […]

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Is Your Tech Company a Tech Company to an Underwriter?

  Is Your Tech Company a Liger or a Tiger?   What is a liger? Napoleon from the 2004 movie Napoleon Dynamite says, ‘It’s pretty much my favorite animal. It’s like a lion and a tiger mixed… bred for its skills in magic.’ You will have to read through the end to see how this ties into the […]

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 5 Insurance Inflection Points for Startups 

5 Insurance Inflection Points to Discuss with Your Insurance Broker     Your goals may include raising a significant amount of money, disrupting your industry, and/or becoming the next unicorn in the industry. If that is the case,  you will have a series of insurance inflection points to discuss with your insurance broker which includes D&O. Board Formation  Forming a company and getting the right […]

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Do You Really Want Just The ‘Bare Minimum’ Coverage for Your Startup?

‘Now if you feel that the bare minimum is enough, then okay.’ – Stan, Chotchkie’s Manager from Office Space   I love the 1999 movie, Office Space, so I hope you can appreciate the simplicity of Stan’s message. The pressure of entrepreneurs to build a world class team, execute on a strategy and fund-raise are huge! Why on earth should you be concerned with cyber liability […]

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Do I Need D&O Before or After I Raise Money for My Tech Startup?

  Start-up founders are generally calculated risk takers. So, why would a founder purchase D&O insurance before funding vs after?  There is no right or wrong answer but two common scenarios are outlined below.   A First-Time Founder Once Asked: What Is D&O? The quick and dirty answer to this question is it protects your […]

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