Interview with Portfolio Company – DropShip Commerce

By Chris Russell

I recently sat down with Jeremy Hanks, CEO of DropShip Commerce to discuss fundraising and startups. I wanted to share some of his thoughts as well as his experience working with our team. First, a little bit about his company. DropShip Commerce provides a scalable online platform for integrating and managing drop ship partners, product, […]

Post-Investment Interview with GroSocial

By Chris Russell

Assuming you haven’t been hiding under a rock, you should know the big news that GroSocial was acquired by Infusionsoft.  Wait, that wasn’t on the front page of your newspaper?  Well, it was pretty big news for us, and for the great team over at GroSocial.  You can read all about it on TechCrunch.  Once […]

How to Make Better Decisions

By Nick Macey

In my previous post, I discussed how to make crappy decisions. The key takeaway was that gut-based decision-making is insufficient for companies that need to compete. Now that you know how to make bad decisions, it’s time to talk about how to make better decisions.

How To Make Bad Decisions

By Nick Macey

Companies large and small make poor decisions on a regular basis. Whether about releasing a new product, marketing campaign or even about investing in a new line of business, most companies depend on gut instinct to make decisions. The image above represents the investment decision-making process at most companies.  Let’s walk through each of the […]

On the Fence About Growth Capital? Three Areas for Consideration

By Nick Macey

Many early-stage companies looking to grow are faced with a difficult decision: continue to bootstrap or accept investment. Continuing to bootstrap means that growth can only be financed by cash flow, which frequently means that this growth will happen slowly. Accepting growth capital in the form of equity investment can help accelerate growth, but means […]

Are you properly prepared to start fundraising?

By Nick Macey

We meet with entrepreneurs that start the fundraising process before they are properly prepared and it’s ultimately a frustrating process for both us and the entrepreneur. Here’s some advice to make your fundraising efforts less stressful and more successful. First, a commitment to the business and validation by your customers is necessary. Next, legal and […]

Myth 3: RBF and equity financing can’t happen at the same time

By Nick Macey

We’re currently exploring myths about Revenue Based Financing. So far, we have examined the myth that RBF is too expensive, and that RBF makes future equity financing more difficult. This post is the third in our series. In addition to the concerns about RBF hindering future equity fundraising (covered previously), we often hear that companies are hesitant […]

Interview with Portfolio Company – GroSocial

By Chris Russell

As is evident by some of our previous posts, we have been focusing on educating entrepreneurs about our Revenue Based Financing (RBF) investment structure. I can lecture the ins and outs of RBF until I’m blue in the face, but there’s no better way to sing its praises than by sharing success stories. I recently […]

Myth 2: RBF makes raising future equity financing more difficult

By Nick Macey

We’re currently exploring myths about Revenue Based Financing. So far, we have examined the myth that RBF is too expensive. This post is the second in our series. The path to a profitable, successful company is paved with many unknowns. Is there a market for your product or service? How will the market accept you? […]

Myth: RBF is too expensive

By Nick Macey

We’re currently exploring myths about Revenue Based Financing. This is the first post in our series. We’ve heard from entrepreneurs in the past that Revenue Based Financing “feels” too expensive. This point of view is understandable in some ways – RBF is more expensive than the mortgage you pay on your house, or the rate […]