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Getting Cash Sooner
2/1/2006
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In this four-minute video clip, a leading expert on finance and an experienced entrepreneur discusses practical strategies on securing cash sooner from accounts receivable. Requires RealPlayer available for free at http://www.real.com.

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How to Get the Attention of a Venture Capitalist
10/18/2007
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What's the best way to communicate with funding sources? Guy Kawasaki provides both best-case and worst-case tactics for tracking down and capturing the money you need to grow.

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Should Entrepreneurs Be Worried About Convertible Notes as a First Financing Event?
10/18/2007
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There are pros and cons associated with using a convertible note structure before doing a Series A round of investment. A venture capitalist explains the ins and outs with a brief, straightforward introduction, including blog comments from other sources.

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Using Scorecards With Your Board
10/11/2007
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A venture capitalist explains how key performance indicators (KPIs) are best compiled and used. They should be straightforward covering financial items and people, probably no more than 20, tied to specific managers, and coordinated by the CFO. Sales should be handled as a separate category.

Go To Source (www.vcconfidential.com)
Communicating with Your Board: At-A-Glance Financial Information
10/18/2007
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For quick reference and review, present your board with a one-page summary of your company's finances at your quarterly meetings. Open-book management companies can use it for employees, too. This technique doesn't exempt you from standard financial reporting, but it does help key stakeholders more quickly see and appreciate the big picture.

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Legal Fees: Start Swearing Now
10/18/2007
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Pulling legal documents from the internet may be quick, cheap, and easy, but keep in mind you get what you pay for. Sometimes more is less. An experienced, straight-talking start-up veteran provides three best practices about how to avoid mistakes, what you should pay, and how to negotiate fees.

Go To Source (www.burningdoor.com)
Funding Life Cycle of a Firm
5/30/2007
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Thinking about venture funding for your growing business? A VC lays out the steps and provides typical expectations on valuation.

Go To Source (www.vcconfidential.com)
Hurricane Drives Interest in Online Backups
5/1/2007
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Whether it's to protect against a natural disaster, fire, or theft, backing up a companies electronic files is a necessity. Online backup services provide storage of valuable information at a location separate from the entrepreneur's company.

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Sample Term Sheet -- Series A
4/27/2007
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This sample term sheet for a Series A round of financing details the major points of a hypothetical investment deal for a first-round ?Series A Convertible Preferred Stock? financing.

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Term Sheets from the Entrepreneur's Perspective
4/27/2007
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This article provides detailed explanations of terms proposed in investor term sheets and the effects of these terms on the entrepreneur.

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