Early Stage Company Nomenclature + Rounds

Two things are popping up more and more in 2021: 1) I get a fair amount of questions about equity and where it should land for first-money-in through the mentoring I do for early stage companies. Unfortunately, it’s not a straightforward answer. 2) Round inflation is real. It really doesn’t matter if you mark your… Continue reading Early Stage Company Nomenclature + Rounds

The Continued Shift in Financial Advisor Technology

This post is a continuation from my original in 2019. I’ll quickly cover my initial hypothesis and provide any updates, then move into what I believe may be coming down the pipeline in this exciting space. If you haven’t read the initial post, it may be worth quickly pursuing that first. VC investments have hit… Continue reading The Continued Shift in Financial Advisor Technology

Be On Deck – Fintech fellowship

This June I’ll be joining beondeck’s fintech fellowship program. Super excited to see what it turns into. The program is eight weeks in length and focused around creating a community of professionals that can connect, nerd out over emerging business models, as well as the technical aspects. On Deck is creating a new way to… Continue reading Be On Deck – Fintech fellowship

March’s FinTech Friday Schedule

Super excited for March and the upcoming convos alongside Jane, Yann, Cokie, and Vaibhav 🔥 March 5th (last week) we talked to Asya of First Boulevard. On unapologetic banking built for Black America. https://lnkd.in/dgFyz4h March 12th we’re talking to Billie & Rob of Daylight. On banking for LGBT+ people by LGBT+ people. https://lnkd.in/ei_D46u March 19th… Continue reading March’s FinTech Friday Schedule

FinTech Fridays

I'm super excited to share the fun experiment that myself, Yann, Jane, Vaibhav, and Cokie have been building. Welcome to fintechfridays.com 🚀When covid happened, all our chances to interact were destroyed. But the creation of Clubhouse allowed for us to still connect, so we did it ourselves and created a forum to have low-key chats… Continue reading FinTech Fridays

Don’t talk to CorpDev – Part Deux

Corporate Development, Strategic Business Development, Corporate Business Development, or any other amalgamation - are likely all the same teams with small caveats. Traditionally, CorpDev’s mandate was to buy companies. That’s traditional. But it’s 2020 and we can all attest that business models have changed over the past years. These days CorpDev isn’t simply a team… Continue reading Don’t talk to CorpDev – Part Deux

Navigating Termsheets

Termsheets are (1) used by founders raising capital and (2) investors looking to deploy capital. Most all termsheets are different in some slight way (unless you're using a SAFE or KISS note), they usually require lawyers, and all are time-consuming where neither party usually gets 100% of what they want. For a founder, it's about obtaining capital without giving… Continue reading Navigating Termsheets

Startup Resources During #Covid19

I believe that the US will have more Covid19 cases than China. Its a byproduct of a country passively watching this across the seas for a month before taking it seriously. Now hard decisions are being made and more will be made in the next few weeks. Time to get over it and make smart… Continue reading Startup Resources During #Covid19