Give First: Harry Stebbings

Harry Stebbings is our guest on the 12th episode of the Give First podcast, released today. Harry has done about 2,800 shows on his own “Twenty minute VC“, including two shows interviewing me, and one show with my Give First co-host Brad Feld. As you can imagine, I was quite nervous to interview him given …

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New book: “Sell More Faster”!

Just the other day, I blogged about the second edition of Do More Faster that Brad Feld and I recently released. When Brad and I first wrote Do More Faster in 2010, our goal was to provide founders everywhere with some principles for building a venture backed business, a map to avoid common pitfalls and …

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Do More Faster, 2nd Edition!

Brad Feld and I just released the Second Edition of our book, “Do More Faster”. Originally published in 2010, we’ve updated the book to bring the lessons we’ve learned about accelerating early stage startups into even sharper focus. In this book, we identify the key issues that first-time entrepreneurs encounter, and offer proven advice from …

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Introducing Techstars Talent

Techstars is always adding to our worldwide network through our accelerators, our community programs, and more. Because we attract such amazing people, our network is basically a giant pool of awesome talent. We launched Techstars Talent because we saw an opportunity to connect every stakeholder in our network with companies they care about. The real …

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Watch out for unfair indemnity during acquisitions

Recently, at Techstars, we’re noticing more and more that we are being asked to sign up for joint unlimited liability for fraud in the context of M&A with one of our portfolio companies. In other words, we are being asked to guarantee that our portfolio companies, and sometimes even that other shareholders of these companies, …

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Here’s SendGrid’s seed round pitch deck

In 2009, coming out of Techstars, SendGrid set out to raise a seed round. The original target was $300,000. They ended up raising $750,000 in that round. Eight years later, they went public at around a $1B valuation. Shortly thereafter, Twilio acquired SendGrid for $2B. Great success stories have humble beginnings. This was true for …

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