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01
Oct
2013

StartApp Hits the Billion Download Mark

Ascent portfolio company StartApp has been on an incredible ride over the last 18 months, and recently achieved its biggest milestone yet in its young history: one billion downloads. (As the linked video clip persuasively notes, this is a very big number.) The rapid growth of StartApp speaks to the mobile industry problem it solves. The Company offers an ingenious
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06
Feb
2013

Everything I Know About Pitching VCs I Learned From Monty Python (Part Two)

For part one of “Everything I Know About Pitching VCs I Learned From Monty Python,” click here. With help from The Pythons, Matt Fates and I collaborated on some ideas to help turn your exceptional slide deck into an exceptional fundraising pitch. 5) Then, you must cut down the mightiest tree in the forest… with… a herring! The other key to
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29
Jan
2013

Everything I Know About Pitching VCs I Learned From Monty Python (Part One)

  Most VCs number the annual business plans they see in a year in the thousands, but the implication is the same: There has to be more to distinguish your fundraising pitch than ten or 15 slides in 30-point font. That’s where Monty Python comes in. John Cleese, Eric Idle and their associates were a VC’s dream, launching a comedy
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04
Sep
2012

Ascent’s August: Big Data, SaaS Metrics, Entrepreneurial Advice and More

Our blog has been relatively quiet for the last month, but it’s not because we’ve stopped writing or taken a long vacation. We’ve been quite busy, actually, contributing articles to various publications throughout the month of August. Here’s a quick recap of what we’ve written recently, in case you missed them: GigaOM: The Problem with SaaS Metrics (August 4th) I
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24
Aug
2012

Finding Your Optimal Investor – Due Diligence for Entrepreneurs

I’ve seen the venture capital due diligence process from both sides of the table and I know how comprehensive and exhaustive it can be (sometimes to the chagrin of the entrepreneur).  But it’s a critical part of the process, ensuring that the venture investor is fully bought into the team, product, market, etc.  A typical venture capitalist makes only a
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