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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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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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 5 Insurance Inflection Points for Startups 

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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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