Y Combinator Company Acre Designs Disrupts the Home Design Industry
As many products in our life advance, there seems to be a growing sense that our biggest investment, our homes, should be improving as well. Instead, today’s houses look and function exactly like our grandparents’ did, and the process of building is one of the most daunting undertakings. It’s filled with variables and often requires
The Surprising State of Equity Crowdfunding Post-JOBS Act
From savings to banking to investing… finance is moving online. With this, we’re seeing the disruption of venture capital brought about by new laws that may change the game for how entrepreneurs can raise funding and who can invest. As the CEO of equity investment platform Crowdfunder.com, I was part of a small leadership group
How Revl Reserved $4 Million on Crowdfunder
We recently chatted with Revl CEO Eric Sanchez to discuss his fundraising successes on Crowdfunder. Revl has reserved over $4.1M on Crowdfunder. With product scheduled to launch in April, Revl is on a clear trajectory to give GoPro a run for its money. Why did you decide to leverage Crowdfunder for your fundraising efforts? “The
Investing Basics: Convertible Notes
A convertible note (also referred to as convertible debt) is a debt loan that converts to equity when a company reaches a certain milestone, usually the next round of equity financing. It is a common way for early-stage startups to fundraise. Convertible notes are commonly used as it is less expensive for a company to
Investing Basics: Deal Types
We believe investing in early-stage startups is very different than investing in public market opportunities. Besides the unique opportunities associated with startup investing, and the long term liquidation nature of your investments, startups use slightly different terminology with which you may not be familiar. Below is a sample of the most commonly used deal terms.
eyeCam: The Future of Smartphones and Wearable Devices
If recent history is any indication for what the smartphone will look and be like in the near future, then we can expect radical changes and dramatically different ways that we will interface with this technology. Today, wearables are mostly smartphone companion devices that connect with Bluetooth. That invisible cord will probably be cut soon.
Jumpstarting Economic Growth By Fixing Our University Research System’s “Valley of Death”
For decades, America’s economic success has been driven by an engine of innovation that periodically creates new industries and companies that change the world. The JOBS (Jumpstart Our Business Startups) Act was passed to make it easier for startups to get off the ground and access early-stage investments. Small businesses are the growth engine of
Diversifying Your Startup Portfolio, Part II
In a previous post, we delved into the importance of diversification in a start-up portfolio. We looked at ‘The Babe Ruth Effect’ and the number of different positions that should be taken to properly diversify an early stage investment portfolio. Startup investors must be aware that they are going to encounter more losses than wins.