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Constant and Constant Changes

Constant and Constant Changes

We live in a world of constant changes This piece was originally written by Isaac Shi on January 15, 2013 More than 3000 years ago near the Yellow River basin, early Chinese language was invented.  It was called Jia Gu Wen (means “shell bone writing”) because it was...

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How Much is Enough?

How Much is Enough?

The silent plodding of human ambition is a constant. Some call it greed or avarice. Some hail it as the wind in the sails of capitalism. But whether it is moral or not is independent of its danger. It blinds us to what matters. Its amnesia-like influence hides the...

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Why Founders Should Consider Venture Debt

Why Founders Should Consider Venture Debt

Venture debt is a valuable tool that founders can use to grow their companies, and with more flexibility in repayment terms than traditional lenders, founders shouldn’t shy away just because it’s debt.   Mainly used in conjunction with equity financing,...

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Are SAFE notes safe for investors (or founders)?

Are SAFE notes safe for investors (or founders)?

We believe that SAFE notes are bad for investors, founders, and the startup ecosystem. They are designed for early-stage venture funds to simplify the investment process and sideline the super-early-stage angels and friends and family that so often help get companies...

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Reciprocity and Trust

Reciprocity and Trust

Reciprocity and trust are the two most important building blocks in any business relationship. This is no different in venture investing, and even more important in this space as a result of the length of time a founder works with investors until a meaningful exit...

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Gulf Coast Grit

Gulf Coast Grit

Cities around the Gulf Coast have emerged as robust tech ecosystems, and centers for venture funding. While these ecosystems began developing over the past few years, the pandemic only accelerated the migration of professionals from tech centers like New York and the...

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