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PowerDirect Marketing Investors Add a Debt Round of Funding


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PowerDirect Marketing (http://www.powerdirect.net) secured a debt round of funding. The company is located in Newport Beach, California. Continue reading “PowerDirect Marketing Investors Add a Debt Round of Funding” »

California Energy & Power Investors Add an Undisclosed Round of Funding


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California Energy & Power (http://www.cal-epower.com/) closed an undisclosed round of funding. The company is located in Glendora, California. Continue reading “California Energy & Power Investors Add an Undisclosed Round of Funding” »

Solyndra Investors – Venture Capital, Private Equity and Government Financiers


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With today’s news that Solyndra may be closing up shop, folks may be wondering who are the investors that put in over $1 billion into the photovoltaic manufacturer.  The investors in Solyndra were a diverse group ranging from venture capital to private equity to the US government.  The investors, specifically, were:

DailyBooth Investors Complete a Series A Round of Funding


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DailyBooth (http://www.dailybooth.com) closed a Series A round of funding from a set of investors including Ignition Partners and Sequoia Capital. The company is located in San Francisco, California. Continue reading “DailyBooth Investors Complete a Series A Round of Funding” »

$5.7 Million in Revenue and Still Having No Luck Raising Venture Capital – Really?


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SEOmoz‘s CEO Rand Fishkin breaks down the company’s venture capital fundraising process and ultimate collapse, and it’s well worth a read.  It’s especially notable as this is a company expected to do over $10 million in revenue in 2011 and which has already raised institutional investment from Ignition Partners and Curious Office Partners.  The company got all the way to due diligence and then for pretty flimsy reasons, the once-excited VC backed out.  This story is well worth reading especially given our venture capital horror stories posting of earlier today so read it here.  Rand is very open about the process, his emails, the company’s financials, etc.  It’s an inside and honest look one rarely gets so read it!

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Top 20 Silicon Valley Startup Lawyers


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We received a ton of positive feedback on our list of Top 20 NYC Startup Lawyers and Top 20 Boston Startup Lawyers, so we thought it might be helpful to a similar list to help all you Golden State startup entrepreneurs.

This list of top Silicon valley startup lawyers will hopefully serve as a great starting point for research.  We do NOT know all of these folks individually or personally (we actually don’t know most of them). Our list is driven by seeing positive sentiment about these folks online from other startup entrepreneurs.  The list is in alphabetical order and is not a ranking.

As always, you should do your own due diligence before picking a lawyer.  And this list is not exhaustive – or at least we hope.  If you are a lawyer and think you should be on the list or if you are a startup founder and you have an amazing lawyer, let us know in the comments.  Without further delay, here are the top 20 Silicon Valley startup lawyers.

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Starting a Business? 19 Things To Do Before Starting Your Small Business


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We’ve collected 19 tips & tricks seasoned entrepreneurs have shared regarding what they wish they’d known and done before they’d started out.  Learning from their experiences may save you some time and frustration.  Although this blog post won’t guarantee Zuckerberg-like success, the preparation techniques it offers certainly will help.

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Raising Venture Capital – Horror Stories and Other Bad Behavior


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Venture Capitalists – an entrepreneur’s best friend? Worst enemy? Soul-sucking bane of existence?

Here are some examples in which the entrepreneur-VC relationship failed. Most of these accounts come from entrepreneurs themselves, so they might be more than a little biased. In any case, there are a wealth of examples of what could, and did, go wrong when dealing with VCs.

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20 Internet Companies that Don’t Rely on Ad Revenue to Make Money


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Advertising as a business model for internet companies is difficult.  Generally, you need millions of customers in order to garner enough page views or clicks for ad-based revenue to work.  And so if advertising won’t work, you can do what may be unthinkable on the internet – charge for your service.

Don’t believe us?  Here is a list of consumer web companies that have had success charging for their products and as a result are not reliant on advertising to the pay the bills.  They’ve adopted one of two models (Freemium or Subscription) which you’ll see below.

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20 Best Outsourcing and Crowdsourcing Websites To Save Your Startup Business Lots of Time


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Whether your the startup that doesn’t have an army of employees to do your dirty work or just someone who values their time, you can use these outsourcing and crowdsourcing websites to find others out there who are willing to do the work you don’t have the time or inclination to do.

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