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

The Importance of Key Person Life Insurance… Often times, Key Person 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[...]
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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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 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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