Finance

  • Against Acceleration

    Against Acceleration

    Startups should give up equity for only one of two reasons: work or cash. Startup employees and advisors work in exchange for equity (and salary) and they can be fired if they don’t perform, shutting down their vesting. I’m an advocate of bringing on advisors with defined deliverables, earning somewhere around 100 basis points or less unless they’re working part-time at… Read More

  • Two Rallies

    Two Rallies

    Today Apple topped the $700 billion value market cap threshold during regular trading, a remarkable achievement. The company’s shares have since slipped some, but it’s impossible to deny the technology giant’s massive rally. Apple, a company that was once small enough to be dismissed whole-cloth is now not only the world’s most valuable technology company, it’s… Read More

  • Requiem For A Unicorn

    Requiem For A Unicorn

    Marc Andreessen has said that there are 15 companies per year that generate 90% of the returns for VCs. Startups jockey for position in the “Billion Dollar Club.” In the world of startups we don’t have the S&P 500, we have the “Unicorn 50.” Read More

  • GoPro Craters 9.3% After Pricing Its Secondary Offering At A Discount

    GoPro Craters 9.3% After Pricing Its Secondary Offering At A Discount

    GoPro fell more than 9 percent today, after it priced its secondary offering at $75 per share, a discount to its market price. The company ended regular trading today at $71.74 per share, or a several dollar negative delta to the proposed price. The company will sell 1,287,533 itself, while prior shareholders will sell 9,072,967. Underwriters of the sale may purchase 1,554,075 shares as… Read More

  • U.K. Confirms Payday Loans Caps Coming In January

    U.K. Confirms Payday Loans Caps Coming In January

    Strict new price caps will come into force in the U.K.’s payday loans market in January, sector regulator the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has confirmed, affecting any U.K. businesses that offer this type of short-term consumer credit. Read More

  • New Relic Files To Go Public

    New Relic Files To Go Public

    New Relic, a company that provides app-monitoring on a SaaS-basis, filed to go public today. The company intends to use the ticker symbol “NEWR” in the flotation, and its offering is underwritten by Moran Stanley, J.P. Morgan, and four other groups. The company’s financials appear to be strong, when compared to current market norms. In the first 6 months of 2014, the company… Read More

  • VC Points Out That VCs Might Have A Burn Rate Problem Of Their Own

    VC Points Out That VCs Might Have A Burn Rate Problem Of Their Own

    Your startup loses too much money, but even worse, the people supplying you with cash might be running a bit light themselves. Following the endless commentary regarding burn rates, and startup ‘risk,’ Fortune’s Dan Primack pointed out that some venture capitalists are investing faster, and spending more on non-essentials than before. Maybe the venture capitalists have a… Read More

  • Equity Crowdfunding Service Seedrs Acquires Junction Investments, Plots US Expansion

    Equity Crowdfunding Service Seedrs Acquires Junction Investments, Plots US Expansion

    Seedrs, a company based in London that deals with equity crowdfunding, has an eye on the U.S. market. Today, it announced that it has acquired Junction Investments, which is based in California, and operates in a similar market space. As a company, Seedrs is most interesting for its ability, with certain caveats, to accept small dollar amounts from regular folks that can be converted via a… Read More

  • Autodesk Invests $100 Million Toward The First 3D Printing Fund

    Autodesk Invests $100 Million Toward The First 3D Printing Fund

    Autodesk is opening a $100 million 3D printing fund, called Spark Investment Fund, to give money to startups and designers in the 3D printing space. The company is now encouraging those interested in developing hardware, software, materials, marketplaces and maker spaces to apply to participate in the Spark Investment Fund’s investment portfolio. Read More

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