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startup advisor compensation

The Unfair Stock Option Exercise Period

Stock options are a fabulous compensation tool for early-stage companies that can’t typically afford to pay market rate salaries. They also serve as a good retention tool for employees that…

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Early Stage Board Composition

Upon a startup’s incorporation, their attorney usually helps establish a board of directors (aka – the “board”), even if a solo founder is the only board member.  The company’s bylaws…

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The Complexities of International Expansion

There is a point in the evolution of most tech companies that international expansion seems appropriate and beneficial to support continued growth.  I find that most startups either pursue that…

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startup revenue growth

Major Milestones Along the Path to $100M

$100M is a nice big and round number.  I know it’s not $1B but it’s still a very respectable revenue figure for almost any company to reach.  What if I…

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startup chaos

Always on the Verge of Out-of-Control

I regularly hear startup founders longing for the day when they reach $1 million in annual revenue. They proclaim how much easier everything will then be. But I also regularly…

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You're Fired (Terminated)

How to Part Ways with a Co-Founder

It royally sucks when a founding team reaches a point where they decide they can no longer work together, especially if many months or longer of hard work has already…

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startup fundraising

Funding the Early Stages of Your Venture

Written by Gordon Daugherty

Dramatically improve your odds of fundraising success

BIO

I’ve been advising startups for more almost 20 years.  During that time I have made more than 200 investments in early-stage companies as a venture fund manager and angel investor, and have been involved with raising more than $80 million in growth and venture capital.  From my 28-year career as an operator in high tech companies, I have an IPO and a $200-million acquisition exit under my belt.  Now, as co-founder and president of Austin’s Capital Factory and through my content creation practice, Shockwave Innovations, I have the pleasure of spending 100 percent of my time educating, advising, and investing in startups.
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