Our Investment Framework Post-COVID-19


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A framework to think about pricing seed, angel, and venture capital rounds

This is going to be BIG.

How do you price a round? Its one of the most often asked questions and yet I've never seen a great answer given. It seems to me that the most important factor in pricing your round isn't your progress or your idea. It seems to come down to two things: 1) How much do you want to raise?

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A Framework for Maximizing Startup Marketing Effectiveness

Tomasz Tunguz

At a board meeting last week, one of the VPs of Marketing I’m lucky to work with presented a brilliantly simple way of explaining the evolution of a startup’s marketing tactics. I’ve drawn a diagram of the idea above, which borrows heavily from McKinsey’s 3 horizons. Startups have many different marketing options at their disposal: SEO/SEM, print, radio, TV, mail, affiliate, content marketing…The list goes on and on.

A six-step framework to make strategic decisions

Tomasz Tunguz

This framework has helped me many times simplify strategic questions and shift from questioning to analysis to action. By using an analysis framework like the one above, you can bring clarity and a common language with your board for evaluating and making the right strategic choices Any number of challenges can arise during a startup’s initial years. Some of these changes could be major and may require rethinking strategy. Competitors enter your target market.

Buyer’s Checklist: How to Evaluate a B2B Contact Data Provider

Many organizations fail to properly evaluate vendors during the selection process. Download ZoomInfo’s data-driven eBook for guidance on effectively assessing the vendor marketplace. After reading, you’ll gain insight into the following components:

[Virgin Hyperloop One in Post Gazette] U.S. Department of Transportation releases framework for hyperloop development


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Co-founder Equity Split: A New Framework to Objectively Divide Startup Ownership and Get Back to Building a Business


The post Co-founder Equity Split: A New Framework to Objectively Divide Startup Ownership and Get Back to Building a Business appeared first on The Gust Blog. We’ve just released our free Co-founder Equity Split tool. It’ll give you a fair and objective recommendation about how to divide your startup’s ownership, so you and your co-founders will have a sensible, real starting point for this notoriously hard, crucially important conversation.

CO.STARTERS Launches New Initiative Focused on Small Business Recovery

Co Starters

A five-step Road to Recovery framework to help entrepreneurs adapt now and for the future. To this end, CO.STARTERS has launched the Road to Recovery framework 1 to help entrepreneurs and communities navigate the unforeseeable future.

A Framework to Maximize Your Startup's Hiring Success

Tomasz Tunguz

After a startup attains product market fit and begins to exceed the first breaking point of the startup management structure around 10 employees, it’s time to codify the company’s values. The values of the company are the most concrete way for a business to determine whether candidates might make good employees. At two separate SaaS Office Hours recently, we heard similar stories from Maia at Greenhouse and Pete at Optimizely.

The Three Frameworks You Need to Create Powerful Presentations and Tell Compelling Stories

Tomasz Tunguz

In Resonate, Nancy explains the three different key components of memorable, effective pitches: the journey the speaker would like the audience to traverse, the framework for creating a good story, and the mechanism to bring the two together. Last, Duarte combines synthesizes the output of these two frameworks into a spark line, like the one above for the iPhone announcement by Steve Jobs. I remember many the great TED talks I’ve watched.

Dave Balter’s framework for being a great leader

Fred Destin

Dave learned a framework called OGSM (Objectives / Goals / Strategies / Measures) after his company Bzzagent was acquired by market research firm dunnhumby. The OGSM framework can be use to manage change at each of these levels. Simple framework : the top 5 list.


A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Our portfolio company Coinbase released an open source framework for crypto asssets to make it easier to list them on crypto exchanges. An open source middleware framework like Rosetta should make it much easier for exchanges to list new assets and allow them to support new assets more quickly. It is called Rosetta. Coinbase is encouraging blockchain projects to integrate Rosetta so that they can more easily list new assets on the Coinbase Exchange.

It Takes a Village to Build an Ecosystem

Co Starters

The Community Roles in Ecosystem Building framework intentionally uses language designed to help shift our thinking from institutions to individuals. By Enoch Elwell, CO.STARTERS Founder & Visionary.

Unsung Heroes of Ecosystem Building: Meet the Voices Championing “Universal Support”

Co Starters

Written by Anika Horn and Jeff Bennett, the series introduces each of the seven ESHIP Goals (a collaborative framework) through the perspectives of Champions who are spearheading initiatives within each goal.

ESHIP Year Three: From Inspiration to Action

Co Starters

Developed from our learnings across hundreds of communities, the Community Roles framework is intended to help leaders identify skill sets in themselves and others that are key to ecosystem building. More than half of our CO.STARTERS national team (8 out of 15!)

Navigating the Stages of Community Growth

Co Starters

While these frameworks are incredibly helpful, a very important set of factors are being overlooked—context, trajectory, and timing. A Model for Starting and Sustaining an Entrepreneurial Community. By Enoch Elwell. Entrepreneurial culture is changing.

Growing a Living Community

Co Starters

CO.STARTERS Summit Highlights Deepened Support for Entrepreneurial Leaders. Grassroots entrepreneurial leaders from across the U.S. came together October 2–4 for the fifth CO.STARTERS Summit, held in the organization’s hometown of Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Give Big, Shop Small with 12 Days of Starters

Co Starters

Download the free framework we use to help people turn ideas into action. Each year during the holiday season we look forward to putting our money where our mission is: helping communities thrive through entrepreneurship.

Event Driven Growth

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Each situation is different but a framework I like is to take your pre-event baseline, your event driven peak, and assume you will give up half of the delta when things return to normal and that will be your new baseline. I realize that most businesses are suffering greatly in this pandemic. Many have been shut completely. But there are some that are experiencing the opposite situation. They have a growth spurt as a result of this moment.

A Scorecard: Should a decision be fast, or slow?

A Smart Bear

Rather, this is a framework for thinking through what needs to be done. We all know that startups should make decisions quickly.

Startup Funding Explained: How to Raise a Bridge Round

Dream It

When you’re raising a bridge round and pitching investors, their first reaction may be that you’re in trouble. To overcome this, you’ll need to properly address your reason for raising bridge funding.

How Much Money Should You Raise From Venture Investors?

Dream It

This framework helps founders position their fundraising targets and avoid red flags with investors. When pitching investors, remember that your ask is like porridge; it follows the goldilocks ratio and has to be just right.

Here is How to Make Sense of Conflicting Startup Advice

Both Sides of the Table

Draw from Frameworks. The most helpful type of advice in my mind are frameworks for how to solve a problem. On market segmentation I often recite my “ Elephants, Deer & Rabbits ” framework. Each is a framework for thinking about a problem.

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How to Maximize the Contributions of 4 Diverse Work Styles

Entrepreneurs' Organization

A Framework to Understand People. I find that it’s easiest to start with a framework, such as the one below. Contributed by Justin M.

What To Work On

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

But I can give you a framework because choosing what to invest in is a lot like choosing what to work on. But the framework is similar. My partner Brad likes to ask about the distinction between doing things right and doing the right thing. His observation, which I totally agree with, is that many people and companies do things right but don’t do the right thing.

Unsung Hero Spotlight: Christina Theodoraki

Ecosystem Builder Hub

I have always heard that this is too broad, too abstract, probably too innovative or not innovative at all (this is just another buzzword to describe networks or clusters), a definition is needed, a framework is needed, boundaries are needed…. To you, what is an Ecosystem Builder?

SeedFuel–Rowad, Flat6Labs, and Nest on the Bahrain Startup Community


Plus, Bahrain’s ecosystem offers much more and has already taken action in transforming its regulatory framework and shifting its focus to incorporate the digital world.

Building Trust With Investors Amidst COVID-19


Using the same framework above, you will want to tell your investors the following: The status of the products you launched before COVID-19. Raising money just got a lot harder. According to CB Insight’s latest analysis , startup financing is about to take a giant hit.

Illustrating how to be an ethical leader, with Senior Director for Leadership Ethics, Ann Skeet

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

Ann provides the YLAI Network an overview of the important ways individuals can lead ethically and responsibly and how they can set the framework for an ethical organization. Ann acknowledges that there are certain conditions that make it more likely to build a more ethical framework when developing a culture for your organization. Ann recommends YLAI Network members understand and practice establishing this framework, at any stage in their professional life.

How to Fix Broken Communications During a Crisis

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Anticipate their concerns, and the framework of your message becomes clear. Contributed by Eden Gillott, the president of Gillott Communications , a crisis PR and bankruptcy communications firm. . Flooded with emails from companies you forgot even existed or don’t remember opting-in for?

Explore Your Start Up Tech-Business Idea!

Ben Franklin Technology Partners

The goal of the 10-week program is to provide a framework that will enable you to have the information needed to determine if it’s the right time to start your tech-business. TechCelerator Fall 2020!

Want to Build Employee Engagement? Invest in Your People Holistically.

Entrepreneurs' Organization

A big part of this is showing my team my commitment to improving, inspiring them to grow and giving them both the framework and the support to improve.

Expanding My Investment Thesis to Run the MetLife Digital Accelerator powered by Techstars


I have 5 guiding principles that shape my mental framework for startup investing. Today, I start my next adventure in startup investing – I’m the new Managing Director of the MetLife Digital Accelerator powered by Techstars.

Hypothetical Value To Real Value

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I try to keep this framework front and center in my brain as we meet with founders and work to find transactions that work for everyone. I remember when my son came home one day in high school and told me he wanted to “day trade” along with some friends who were doing it. We opened a TD Ameritrade account and staked him with a small amount of money, enough to trade but not enough that if he lost it all it would be an issue. And off he went.

What the Pact for Impact Summit can Teach us about Measuring Success

Impact Hub

We promote the interoperability of frameworks (being able to transfer seamlessly from one system to another) such as IRIS, SROI and several others; . In 2019, we saw a proliferation of protest movements around the world.

Geofencing Crypto Assets Out Of The US Is Bad Policy

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

I wrote this tweetstorm on Friday when I read the blog post about Poloniex’s decision to geofence certain assets away from US customers , driven by the SEC’s recently published framework for digital assets. Geofencing Crypto Assets Out Of The US Is Bad Policy. blockchain crypto policy

How to CRUSH Your Demo When Pitching

Dream It

In this #DreamitDose, Managing Partner Steve Barsh gives founders a simple framework to crush your demo. While listening, you can follow this framework line by line using the table underneath. Good founders know the importance of nailing their product demo.