Monthly Archives: November 2012

The Neglected Art of (Timely) Pruning Lemons: Part 2

In Part 1 of this blog, I wrote about why so many angels, venture investors and even entrepreneurs continue pouring resources into investment lemons well after they should have pruned them and moved on.  It is well known in the … Continue reading

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The Neglected Art of (Timely) Pruning Lemons: Part 1

I don’t know about real lemons, but they say in the venture capital business that investment lemons ripen early.  That is, deals that are going to go south tend to reach their destination before deals going north reach theirs.  This … Continue reading

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Don’t Forget the Sizzle

The folks who attended this year’s Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium in Madison, Wisconsin last week had an opportunity to see several dozen early stage entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to a nice mix of investors, fellow entrepreneurs and service providers.  Adding … Continue reading

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Live and Learn….

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of participating on a panel on term sheet negotiations at this year’s edition of the Wisconsin Early Stage Symposium in Madison Wisconsin, an annual event that brings together several hundred entrepreneurs, investors and … Continue reading

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Home Run or Grand Slam: Managing Investor Expectations

One thing you notice pretty fast if you compare what constitutes a big exit for a deal in one of the venture capital centers (let’s call these  “Venture Center” deals) with what constitutes a big exit most everywhere else (let’s … Continue reading

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