The essential reading list for funding, growing and exiting your startup
As you think about your plans for 2017 here are some of the best articles I read in 2016 on funding, growing and exiting startups.
There is so much written about raising VC. For some reason there is little written about raising venture debt. Yoav Schwartz and his company Uberflip ignored convention and raised debt instead of equity. This is an instructive post for founders on the case for debt.
We all know how hard it is to raise VC. Most investors fund 1 out of every 100 deals they see. In this post Jason Shuman from Corigin Ventures outlines a great list of the most common reasons why fundraising discussions fail.
In this widely read post, Founder Collective’s Eric Paley does a great job debunking the notion that startups must raise a ton of capital in order to achieve valuable outcomes.
David Skok is probably one of the most knowledgeable SaaS investors out there, especially for mid market and enterprise SaaS companies that have sales teams. In this post, David updates the essential metrics that matter for SaaS companies.
Most companies have a love/ hate relationship with their Biz Dev function: they know they need it, but they are frustrated because most partnerships under deliver. In this post James Cohane delivers what I consider to be the best definition of what Biz Dev should be.
Every CEO I know is seeking lessons learned from CEOs that have been where they are going. Few CEOs of public companies have the time or inclination to share their lessons. Certainly not while they are still in the trenches. Perhaps after.
In this excellent post, Hubspot’s CEO Brian Halligan walks us through their playbook for scaling revenue.
With over 50 acquisitions under it’s belt, Salesforce is one of the most active buyers out there. In this post Spark Capital’s Alex Clayton analyzes their deal activity.
Bryce Roberts is on a crusade with Indie.vc to help founders understand they they don’t have to raise tons of capital and give up control of their companies. In this post Bryce offers some compelling exit math to dissuade readers from going down the traditional VC path.
In this post, former growth investor and Corp Dev pro Matt Estes walks readers through the corp dev process. Some great insights into how corp dev pros think and work.
While you’re not likely to generate a $26B exit in the next few years, this post was a fascinating account of how Linkedin’s exec and investment bankers created billions of value in a very short timeframe in their eventual sale to Microsoft. The details here would make for a good movie someday…
Jeff Siebert has had multiple exits and looked at acquisitions as well. In this post he shares some great lessons learned from both sides of the exit deal.