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Becoming an entrepreneur should be a career choice for anyone. At ExtendNode, we want to empower you to make that happen.

ExtendNode was born with a desire to empower aspiring entrepreneurs to pursue their dreams by providing accessible resources. The publication ExtendNode’s Blogs for Entrepreneurs on Medium is the first pilot program of ExtendNode, aiming to be a platform dedicated to sharing knowledge and stories written by and for founders, business leaders, and investors.

2019 Review: birth

  • The publication officially launched in September and made an open invitation and guideline for writers to easily find us to share their insights with our readers.


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Becoming an entrepreneur should be a career choice for anyone. At ExtendNode, we want to empower you to make that happen.


Fundraising Strategy for Early-Stage Startups (№4 of Series)

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This is the 4th article in the early-stage startup fundraising strategy series. You can find the links of related readings at the end of this article.

I. Why The Investor Research Has Strategic Value

Many founders don’t conduct investor research in a systematic way, not to mention build a personalized data center for such information. They usually start with their network and then extend to first or second degrees of introductions from that network. Beginning with what you have is smart, but it is not enough or effective. …


Hi,

This is Cloris Guo, the creator of the publication ExtendNode’s Blogs for Entrepreneurs (formerly ExtendNode). This is the first time we’re reaching out to our followers. We want to thank you for becoming a part of our community to empower entrepreneurs!

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We did some research on entrepreneurship to understand where we are.

We’ve just published an article that states our vision, mission, values, rules, and tips for writers and readers, as well as how entrepreneurs can share their stories on this publication step by step. It’s an open invitation for entrepreneurs to write to support other entrepreneurs. We expect more entrepreneurs to join us and share their insights through us.


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Becoming an entrepreneur should be a career choice for anyone. At ExtendNode, we want to empower you to make that happen.


Fundraising Strategy for Early-Stage Startups (№3 of Series)

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This is the 3rd article in the early-stage startup fundraising strategy series. You can find the links of related readings at the end of this article.

Crowdfunding has not yet become a norm when startups do equity fundraising. One main reason is that venture capital has emerged and has become a mainstream approach since the launch of Kleiner Perkins and Sequoia Capital in the 1970s. Access to investing in private companies was essentially not feasible for most non-accredited investors until the implementation of Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (“JOBS Act”) several years ago.

1. WHAT IS EQUITY CROWDFUNDING?

Crowdfunding literally can be interpreted as funding…


Fundraising Strategy for Early-Stage Startups (№2 of Series)

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This is the 2nd article in the early-stage startup fundraising strategy series. You may find the links of related readings at the end of this article.

My first article under this series of “financing strategy for early-stage startups” starts with institutional investors’ introduction as they are the main type of investors startups work with in fundraising. However, when startups do fundraising, their first-round is not always led by institutional investors like VC firms or accelerators. On the contrary, the angel round or pre-seed round fundraising will likely be led by individual investors, namely angel investors. …


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Reality: The Data Reveals a Gap

Women-empowerment is something I value very much, especially as I get older. When I was younger, I worked in law firms and I worked long hours just like my male colleagues. I didn’t encounter too many struggles as a woman on most days. It was just the life of a lawyer. Everyone was equal.

As I got older and more senior, I began noticing the differences between men and women: male colleagues are much more confident in pitching to clients and also asking for higher pay and promotions, while female colleagues (including myself) are much more reserved and hesitant to…

Cloris Guo

Building ExtendNode | Strategy & Partnership Leader | Fund & VC Lawyer | Startups | Blockchain | China | connect with me at www.clorisguo.com

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