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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 facts:

  • 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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原文(英文)发表于2019年7月,并刊登于Altcoin Magazine。笔者官网英文原文链接于此。笔者受中国人民大学法学院“民德商法”杂志平台约请,将原文翻译成中文,并更新了Libra 治理和相关政策的新发展。
下文已更新原文发表后Libra项目的最新动态。原宣布参与Libra项目的28家机构中的7家机构(包括卡组织Visa和Mastercard, 支付机构PayPal和Stripe,电商平台Ebay、Booking和Mercado Pago) 在Libra协会成立大会前宣布退出Libra项目。这也证明了Libra项目的不确定性。但同时,Libra也取得了很多实质进步,尤其是在2019年10月21家初始成员机构召开协会成立大会。Libra也对外公布全球范围内已有1500余家机构表示希望 …


“Those long divided shall be united; those long united shall be divided: such is the way of the universe. ”

from <Romance of the Three Kingdoms>, one of The Four Classic Novels of Chinese Literature

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Distributive: Change of Human Capital

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The workforce will not only be limited to corporations. Individuals and teams will supplement the productivity force and make substantial contributions to innovation and social wealth.

One word to summarize my takeaway from blockchain is not Bitcoin or crypto. It’s distribution. …


Find tools created for entrepreneurs

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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.

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Fundraising

Investor Research Management Sheet

Strategy

SWOT Analysis Template (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats)

Buyer Utility Map

Management

RACI Chart Template (Responsible, Accountable, Consulted, Informed)

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What Resource Center is

Resource Center is a dedicated page of ExtendNode’s Blogs for Entrepreneurs to display articles that introduce business tools, platforms, templates for entrepreneurs. The centralized index provides easier search and access to such content.

What articles can be displayed here

Articles that either focus on introducing resources in the market or resources created by the writers. When writers submit stories to us, writers may indicate in the submission form that whether the article is about resource introduction. It will be at the editors’ sole discretion to decide whether to display the story at Resource Center or not. …


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.

All of our writers are entrepreneurs. They share genuine reflections, first-hand experiences, and valuable expertise with our readers to promote the spirit of entrepreneurship. If you have a good story that you believe could benefit other entrepreneurs, we humbly ask you to share that story with us. If you’re worried that you might not be a good writer (we hear that repeatedly from founders who are afraid to write), please know that few content contributors on ExtendNode’s Blogs for Entrepreneurs are professional writers. They are entrepreneurs who write to share. …


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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.

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Some facts for us to understand where we are.

The vision of ExtendNode

Anyone can become an entrepreneur and make an impact on society with accessible resources.

The mission of ExtendNode

ExtendNode commits to democratizing the access of opportunities to building a community and platform where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can connect and support each other, and find resources like knowledge, partners, investors, customers, teammates to launch and grow business across the globe.

What we do on Medium

ExtendNode’s Blogs for Entrepreneurs is a publication on Medium. It focuses on sharing educational know-how and inspirational stories written for and by founders, business leaders, and investors. …


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 from the crowd. Since the JOBS Act, equity crowdfunding has been evolving and has become an option for startups to get capital instead of VCs. In narrow terms, equity crowdfunding refers to fundraising by companies according to Regulation Crowdfunding (“Regulation CF”). Such crowdfunding can only be made through an online platform operated by an intermediary (“Intermediary”), which is either a registered broker-dealer or a registered funding portal. However, depending on the Intermediaries’ business, each Intermediary may also facilitate equity funding made according to general solicitation rules (“Rule 506(c)”), private placement rules (“Rule 506(b)”), or exception rules from registration for public offering (“Regulation A+”). Therefore, in a broader sense, when people say equity crowdfunding, it may refer to the funding facilitated by an Intermediary based on Regulation CF, Rule 506(b), Rule 506(c), and/or Regulation A+. …


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 speak out for themselves. Women also have more to balance, such as when to have kids and how to take care of kids. …

About

Cloris Guo

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

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