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Category: Angel Investing

Hacking Reference Checking 

We all acknowledge the critical nature of thorough reference checking as it relates to hiring or investing in someone. However, given that most people are reticent to offer a negative reference, most of us struggle with extracting the type of valuable feedback we’re seeking in order to make better decisions.  Many years ago, a mentor of mine shared a hack for reference checking that I still use today. For me, it still delivers more signal than any other method I’ve come across. Here’s how it works: Dear Samantha, I’ve discovered… Read more Hacking Reference Checking 

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 today or pay hundreds or more to fix your engine later. If you’re over 45 you’re smiling now. If younger, here’s an example: These commercials come to mind as I’m witnessing the effects of the proliferation of capped convertible note seed rounds. Mark Suster, Brad Feld, Duncan Davidson and others have… Read more The Case For Priced Seed Rounds