The Current Market Environment Resembles The Dotcom Bubble

Equidam Weekly 26th February

The Equidam Weekly is a curated collection of readings delivered weekly to bring you the most informative articles on EU growth companies, early stage funding and generally on how to build businesses in the motherland.

The Discount Rate On A Convertible Note

Francesco Contin of Equidam explains the typical discount in pricing a convertible note in “Average Discount For A Convertible Note

On EU Developments

Josh Burwick of Sand Hill East compares the current market corrections to the dotcom bubble in “Time To Be Greedy?

Nikhil Basu Trivedi of Shasta Ventures outlines 8 trends that will be the focus of VCs in 2016 in “What’s Next? 8 Trends I’m Excited About

Mark Suster of Upfront Ventures explains it is impossible to tell the right burn rate for your company without knowing your risk tolerance in “So What is The Right Level of Burn Rate for a Startup These Days?

Mahesh Velanki of Redpoint Ventures talks about parallel market dynamics and compares the US and European startup development in “Food Delivery In Europe Is Playing Out Very Differently Than In The US

Christoph Janz of Point Nine Capital discusses the process of building a SaaS company in “That’s A Nice Little $1–2M SaaS Company You Have Here. Call Me To Discuss If It Will Scale!

Fred Wilson of AVC expands on the next big computing platform in “What’s Next In Computing?

Rupert Taylor of Altfi Data suspect a strong industry bias in reporting the outcomes of crowdfunding in “Why Can Nobody Agree On UK Equity Crowdfunding Volumes?

On Growth

Wouter de Bres of Gibbon claims it’s better to focus on improving the core product rather than creating product features in “Building New Features ≠ Creating More Value

Peter Reinhardt of Segment says that successful companies experiment with different tools for short trial periods in “The Tools Early-Stage Startups Actually Need to Understand Their Customers

Nichole Elizabeth DeMeré of Inturact expands on why assuming you know what your customer wants is wrong in “ Who Owns SaaS Customer Development?

Annie Webber of Legal Hero explains why splitting equity 50/50 is wrong in “Your Partner or Your Buddy: How to Split and Structure Equity Between Co-Founders

Neil Patel shows that entrepreneurs and startup companies spend more time on social media than larger companies in “How To Save Six Hours A Week On Social Media

Ash Maurya of LeanStack claims we need to find a systematic approach to identify what’s the riskiest part of the business model in “My 3 Biggest Lessons on Entrepreneurship

Kyle Samani outlines a few suggestions on how to organise a weekly sales meeting in “How To Run a Weekly Sales Forecast Meeting

Originally published at on March 3, 2016.

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