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The 5 Must-Haves Needed to Scare Up Millions in Venture Capital

The 5 Must-Haves Needed to Scare Up Millions in Venture Capital

Raising money for a startup is just like trick-or-treating. You have to knock on a lot of doors, push past all the other little monsters and try to gather enough treats to satisfy your cravings until next year. Having raised hundreds of millions of dollars for startups during my career, and in the spirit of the Halloween season, here are the five must-haves needed to...

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3 Rock-Inspired Secrets to Picking Co-Founders

3 Rock-Inspired Secrets to Picking Co-Founders

Founding a successful startup is no different than forming a rock band. Creating something that builds lasting value and changes the lives of millions of people requires forging a team that will work hard to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles, stand up to the pressures of fame and fortune and stay true to the original vision long after others stop believing. During my years at Universal,...

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$25 Billion Available for Startups Willing to Disrupt the Status Quo

$25 Billion Available for Startups Willing to Disrupt the Status Quo

Venture-capital funds have raised more money than ever before because they know the world is fundamentally about to change. We are living in an era of endless innovation, where small startups are quickly displacing 100-year-old companies with billions of dollars in revenue virtually overnight. The self-made billionaire in his twenties, unheard-of a decade ago, is now a plain reality. The secret to creating value today is...

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4 Secrets Venture Capitalist never tell you about Valuations

4 Secrets Venture Capitalist never tell you about Valuations

Every time a twenty-something CEO turns down a multi-billion dollar offer for a company that has little or no revenues it hits a raw nerve in me.  Unlike most professionals, I am not shocked by the seemingly bizarre behavior of those founders who pursue their vision beyond all rational thought or monetary reward.  But rather, I am reminded that in my youth I was that...

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Sometimes the Best Man for the Job isn’t a Man!

Sometimes the Best Man for the Job isn’t a Man!

I never understood why women wanted equality in the workplace when in fact, that would be selling them short.  Numerous studies, and my own experience as a serial entrepreneur, have proven that companies with a diverse management team provide greater financial returns to investors.  For all those that thought gender was no longer an issue in corporate America, the lack of diversity in Silicon Valley...

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Serial Entrepreneur and Innovator Jay Samit Joins Equal Earth Board of Directors

Serial Entrepreneur and Innovator Jay Samit Joins Equal Earth Board of Directors

Equal Earth, a global diversified clean energy company, today announced that Jay Samit, serial entrepreneur, innovator, investor and host of the Wall Street Journal Startup of the Year, has been appointed to the company’s Board of Directors. Effective immediately, Samit joins Equal Earth’s Board as the company continues to close noteworthy deals and investments, sign on new clean energy projects, and expand operations as the...

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Jay Samit: Three Types of Advisers You Need

Jay Samit: Three Types of Advisers You Need

Creating the right advisory board for your startup can be the single most important step you take in building a new business. As good and as smart as you may be, no one knows everything. I truly wish I was as smart as I thought I was when I started my first company 30 years ago. I was fresh out of college and had never...

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