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Start-up Board Management and Best Practices

Founders of early-stage startups organize themselves and their businesses out of the chaos of start-up primordial soup.  If things go well, over time, an increasing amount of order and organization is applied to that chaos. Arguably, the most significant point at which a start-up must mature their processes and procedures comes with the decision to […]

One way to think about start-up compensation for founders and execs

Article written by Kip McClanahan and Morgan Flager of Silverton Partners. This article originally appeared in the Austin Business Journal.   Compensation is a multi-dimensional challenge for founders and the first few executives in early-stage startups. The most important principles to remember as issues present themselves are fairness — including the perception of fairness — […]

LinkedIn Financial Services Summit: Key Themes and Trends

Social media use is exploding for financial services firms, just as it is for enterprises across other industries. Despite compliance-oriented hurdles, more and more financial companies are showing a broad-based commitment to adopting social media in ways that produce real business impact.  This post was originally written by Tim Walker at Socialware.  Consumers are using […]

Startup, Get Down: How To Throw A Profitable SXSWi Party

While Austin’s SxSW has been over for a few months, one of our portfolio companies uncovered a very interesting way to throw a brand-name building, link-generating party and actually have it make money.  This is the story of how they did it; this post was originally written by Rachel Greenfield of SpareFoot (rachel [at] sparefoot [dot] […]

Start-up Capitalization Table Template

Your start-up’s capitalization table (who owns what amount of different types of stock) is an important reporting tool for company execs, the board and investors.  Having a clean, easy-to-maintain cap table makes reporting to all audiences much easier. This quick post covers start-up cap table creation, maintenance and reporting using a Google Docs spreadsheet and […]