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Resilience and Telos in Entrepreneurs

In "How People Learn to Become Resilient" Maria Konnikova retells the story of Norman Garmezy and George Bonnano, the first developmental psychologists to study grit and resilience.

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The Startup Office of the Future

This weekend the New York Times Magazine published the annual Work Issue, a compendium of 9 articles reimagining the modern workplace. They span topics from building the perfect team, to managing a company fewer meetings, to eliminating bias in recruiting processes - even the social ramifications of so many people eating lunch at their desks, "desktop dining."

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What Pricing Implies About Product Market Fit for Startups

The single most important business decision in evaluating a business is pricing power. And if you need a prayer session before raising price, then you've got a terrible business --Warren Buffett

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Not All Revenue Dollars Are Created Equal

A dollar is a dollar is a dollar, right? Not quite. Not all revenue dollars are created equal, but all gross profit dollars are. Gross profit, not revenue, is the metric companies should be using to compare themselves. Ultimately, gross profits account for more than 55% of the forward multiple of publicly traded SaaS companies after normalizing for revenue growth.

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Benchmarking Exceptional Series A SaaS Companies

At SaaStr 2016 and SaaS Office Hours in New York, I shared an analysis of the fastest growing SaaS companies over the last 3 years. In particular, I benchmarked the revenue, growth rates and round size characteristics of these businesses at their Series A.

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Hacking Your To Do List with Your Calendar

Each new year, I try to implement a new productivity hack. Getting Things Done. Bullet Notebook. This year, I'm trying to manage my to do list with my calendar.

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The Impact of a Changing Venture Environment on Startup Fundraising Terms

Attorneys witness the changes in the fundraising market from a unique vantage point. Consiglieri to startup founders and investors alike, attorneys assist in the negotiation and are privy to the terms of investment. Fenwick & West, one of those law firms, released data this morning detailing the evolution of financing terms for Q4.

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SaaS Office Hours in New York - A Q&A on the State of the SaaS Market

Join me for SaaS Office Hours on February 22 in New York at the Axial headquarters. This is the first time we'll be hosting SaaS Office Hours on the East Coast, and there will be more to follow.

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The Power of Open Source to Solve the Data Fragmentation Challenge

Most modern data architectures employ many different data stores and processing engines. Hadoop, Cassandra, HBase, Spark, Storm, Phoenix. Data analysts looking to unearth insights within these data stores must move data back and forth between different systems and different data formats. As the number of new open source projects continues to grow geometrically, this data fragmentation is likely to splinter further.

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Venture Debt for SaaS Startups

There are several forms of venture debt. Convertible notes are the most common, today. Most startups raise seed rounds using convertible notes. Startups that have substantial working capital requirements often employ lines of credit/revolvers. Last, many startups take out term loans. They borrow money for several years and repay it over time. Venture debt can supply additional capital for a startup to grow at a lower cost of capital than equity. And the difference can be material.

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