Author Archives: Robert W Price

What Do You Say in Your First Meeting with a Venture Capitalist?

What founders should know about that first meeting with VCs Entrepreneurs should understand certain things before going to their introductory meeting with a venture capitalist, writes Paul Maeder, chairman and founding partner of Highland Capital Partners. “Come prepared, not just with information about your company but with what you are looking for in a financing partner,” he writes. LEARN MORE

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IRS Proposes Big Tax Break for Sole Proprietor Entrepreneurs

IRS issues proposed regulations on new 20 percent deduction for passthrough businesses The Internal Revenue Service issued proposed regulations for a new provision allowing many owners of sole proprietorships, partnerships, trusts and S corporations to deduct 20 percent of their qualified business income. The new deduction — referred to as the Section 199A deduction or the deduction for qualified business

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Exciting Job Opportunity – NASDAQ Entrepreneurial Center in San Francisco

We want to share with you an immediate job opportunity for a rockstar executive assistant to join our friends at the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center in San Francisco. Looking for an amazing start to 2018 working with a non-profit that delivers world-positive impact for entrepreneurs around the globe?! This is a regular full time position located in San Francisco. Desired start

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How Entrepreneurs and Low Taxes Create Economic Growth

Entrepreneurs + Risk Capital + Low Taxes = Economic Growth For nearly every entrepreneur, access to private equity capital, or risk capital, is a key ingredient to successful business growth. For a business to grow it needs to be nurtured in an environment that supports entrepreneurial capitalism. “Capital is like oil; it’s stored energy. It’s the fruits of someone else’s

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NVCA – Lifetime Achievement in Venture Capital Award Goes To Bill Draper

The National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) will present Venture Capital legend Bill Draper with the Lifetime Achievement in Venture Capital Award at the NVCA Leadership Gala on March 8, 2017 at the Rosewood Sand Hill in Menlo Park, California. With over forty years of experience, Bill Draper is a pioneer of the modern day venture capital industry, credited with being

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Angel Capital Association – Three Recent Exits Were All Luis Villalobos Award Winners

The Angel Capital Association (ACA), the world’s leading professional association for angel investors, recently announced that three recent winners of the association’s Luis Villalobos Award, have achieved milestone exits, all within one month. Since 2010, ACA’s active 13,000+ member angel investors have nominated the most innovative of the thousands of startups they fund for this award. Competition is stiff and

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Establishing Your Barriers to Entry – Defending Your Castle

As you prepare your value map, consider how you can create an antibiotic against harmful organisms. Antibiotics have long existed in the biological world before Alexander Fleming’s work on penicillin in 1928. They are chemicals produced by one microorganism in order to prevent another organism from competing against it. Building a castle is difficult. Defending and maintaining it is harder

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Edmund Hillary Climbing Mt Everest on May 29 1953 – Climb Your Mountain and Plant Your First Prover Flag

For an entrepreneur, when times are good, cash flow is the oil that keeps a venture running smoothly. But cash is like oxygen at the summit of Mt. Everest, run out of cash and trouble brews really fast. Every entrepreneur planning a new venture faces the same dilemma: – What are the critical capital resources? – How much cash (financial

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Venture Capitalist Pioneer David T. Morgenthaler Dies at 96

David T. Morgenthaler, a pioneer and icon of the American venture capital industry, died on Friday, June 17, 2016, in Cleveland, Ohio. He was 96 years old. Mr. Morgenthaler founded the firm Morgenthaler Ventures in 1968 at a time when few venture capital firms existed. As President and, later, Chairman of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), he was instrumental

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