Founders: Fail Fast and Pivot

We are all familiar with the phrase “Fail Fast”.  The “fail fast” philosophy values extensive testing and incremental development to determine whether the idea has value.  The important goal of the philosophy is to cut losses when testing reveals something is not working and quickly try something else known as pivoting.  The goal is not… Continue reading Founders: Fail Fast and Pivot

Silicon Valley Bank – The Fallout and the Silver Lining

The failure of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) flooded our attention this past week. The Twitter Run on the 18th largest bank in the US was followed by a weekend frenzy for regulators announcing they were willing to backstop all deposits over and above the initial FDIC threshold of $250K. To underscore the importance of this… Continue reading Silicon Valley Bank – The Fallout and the Silver Lining

Making Financial Modeling More Accessible for Start-Ups

For many start-ups developing a financial model is a daunting task.  Why are they necessary? How do I build one? What should it include? Geoff Simonett, Investor, Advisor, Entrepreneur-in-Residence and formerly one of the founders of GreenSky Capital, and currently the President of Pinelands Capital, joins us to tackle this challenging topic for many startups:… Continue reading Making Financial Modeling More Accessible for Start-Ups

Uncovering the Equity Crowdfunding Opportunities

In 2022, the state of global venture capital funding reached $74.5 B in Q3 of 2022, minus 34% quarter over quarter loss and the largest quarterly percentage drop in a decade according to CB Insights. This marked a 9.5% quarterly drop and 7 quarter low – with just under 8000 deals being done in Q3 2022. For… Continue reading Uncovering the Equity Crowdfunding Opportunities

What VC’s don’t tell you: Things you have always wanted to ask.

Venture capital funding is critical for tech startups. Venture capitalists (VCs) hear hundreds of pitches on an ongoing basis so they need to be selective. Why do VCs reject a company? What are the criteria for which they evaluate startups? Here are some takeaways: VCs provide feedback to startup companies, and those who integrate them… Continue reading What VC’s don’t tell you: Things you have always wanted to ask.