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Back to the Grind: Pressure, Stress, Anxiety and Depression in the Tech Community

Tips for De-Stressing and Recognizing Mental Health Issues in Your Employees   A recent Forbes article discusses why depression increases during the holidays and can be summed up in three words: stress, family and expectations. The holidays are over, new year resolutions have been made and everyone is back to the grind. In talking with several startup[...]
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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[...]
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D&O: Why Underwriters Care about Your Financial Runway?

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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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