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  • Convertible Equity, A Better Alternative To Convertible Debt?

    Convertible Equity, A Better Alternative To Convertible Debt?

    There has been no shortage of controversy and criticism around the convertible note, a popular investing vehicle that’s used by seed stage and angel investors. As a refresher, a convertible note is a loan that automatically converts into equity upon the closing of a Series A round of financing. Sometimes these loans have a valuation cap and/or a discount. Although these types of notes… Read More

  • Mike Maples: "You Have to Be Willing to Throw it all away" [Video]

    Mike Maples: "You Have to Be Willing to Throw it all away" [Video]

    If you are a entrepreneur– especially a first time entrepreneur or an entrepreneur outside of Silicon Valley– you need to stop what you are doing and watch this video. Yes, it is 45 minutes long. But it’s worth it. Last night at a Founder Institute event, super angel Mike Maples gave a talk about what he calls “pivots” and “thunder lizards.”… Read More

  • The Funded's Adeo Ressi: VCs Are Living On Borrowed Time

    The Funded's Adeo Ressi: VCs Are Living On Borrowed Time

    The Funded’s Adeo Ressi’s prediction that 2010 will be the year of the angel investor, seems to be coming true. In the second quarter, venture capitalists invested $6.5 billion, an impressive 34% increase from the prior quarter. Not so impressive? The amount of money they pulled in. According to Thomson Reuters and the National Venture Capital Association, venture capital funds… Read More