Author Archives: Mark Solon

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The Case For Priced Seed Rounds

When I was a kid, there were a series of memorable commercials from a company called Fram which made automobile oil filters. The message behind all of their commercials was that you could pay $4 for a quality oil filter … Continue reading

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Communication Breakdown

Over the last few months, I’ve watched three separate episodes of blowups between co-founders or between CEOs and board members. In each case, it’s evident in hindsight that it wasn’t a single act, but historically poor communication which led to pent up anger that ultimately … Continue reading

Posted in Startups, TechStars, Techstars Ventures | 6 Comments

Boise Rising

As usual, I woke up early this morning, poured my coffee and started scrolling through my streams to start my day. I was really happy to see that my friend Jeff Reynolds launched Built-In-Boise today, his labor of love to showcase … Continue reading

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Past Is Prologue

It’s almost surreal for me to think that exactly twenty years ago, I was a green twenty nine year-old working on the first startup financing of my career and that yesterday, we announced our new $150 million fund at Techstars. Many … Continue reading

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