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December 6, 2019

Serving on Private Company Boards

If you're looking to serve on private company boards, here's a quick primer to set your sights correctly. This is a four part guide to serving on private company boards.
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December 2, 2019

Building Your Private Company Board

Startups scale at the speed of the founder's learning and growth. Nothing will impact your speed more than who you have on your board. Here's how to think it through.
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November 26, 2019

VC Questions You Can Expect Raising Startup Capital

When you're raising money for your first institutional round (series seed), questions VCs ask go beyond founder/vision into business model. Here's what you can expect.
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November 24, 2019

Why Smart Investors and Founders Use the “Inclusion Premium”

Inclusion is one of the risk factors controllable by investors--especially in venture capital. Now's the time to put it in your arsenal. Here's how.
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October 4, 2019

How Valor Invests and Our Venture Capital Diligence Process

Here are highlights from Valor’s venture capital diligence process. We are sharing this because we believe it's just as important for you to do diligence on your first investor as…
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September 19, 2019

3 Forces Pressurizing Venture Capital

Venture capital value creation is shifting from where it has resided historically, with Series A firms, to those firms writing first checks at first valuations--a cadre of high conviction first…
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September 19, 2019

New Places Compete for Venture Capital’s New HQ

States like Maryland, Georgia and Arizona are outpacing California in the acceleration of seed capital deployment. So while there’s a legacy of institutional capital flowing to West Coast firms, many…
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September 19, 2019

New Faces Drive Innovation

The vacuum in first institutional rounds is unsustainable for our financial markets. All three of these trends say the time is now to reset your investment approach in venture capital.
August 7, 2019

Why Atlanta Is The Next Emerging Seed Capital Hub

by Michael Pellegrino, Junior Analyst (and student at Vanderbilt) Atlanta is a VC diamond in the rough. Few are aware of all city offers and even less have been exposed…