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    FUNDRAISING IS JUST ONE WAY TO GAIN IT. THE BEST STARTUPS GET CREATIVE
    TO GAIN IT IN OTHER WAYS TOO.
    "YOUR MOST VALUABLE RESOURCE IS TIME"
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    A good deal is represented by a healthy balance of economics and legal terms
    “Tell me your price and I’ll tell you my terms”
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    You can bail water (more new customers) and/or work on the leak (happier customers)
    “Churn is like a leaky boat”
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    Think about what you will accomplish with their money rather than just how you will
    spend it
    “Investors write checks for outcomes,
    not activities”
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    Instead, just build a GREAT company with solid growth. They have infinite options.
    “You don’t need an exit strategy”
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    It remains hard but just in different ways over time
    “Building a great company never gets easy”
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    Instead they provide helpful questions and relevant stories to help you determine the best
    answer
    “The best startup advisors don't give answers”
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    It’s the non-product related aspects of the company you’re building that will enable
    viability, scalability and sustainability.
    Build a Company, Not Just a Product
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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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