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Fundraising During a Pandemic

I never imagined I would write an article with this title.  But, starting March 15, 2020, I began posting various insights and advice to startup founders that were attempting to…

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When Corporate Execs Advise Startups

I regularly get introduced to a career corporate executive that has an interest in mentoring or advising startups. Oftentimes, it is because the executive recently retired or is planning to…

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Your Series A Readiness Scorecard

Founders often ask me how much revenue they need to generate to be ready for a Series A.  The question is so common that I previously wrote an article just…

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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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Funding the Early Stages of Your Venture

Written by Gordon Daugherty

Dramatically improve your odds of fundraising success


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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