Category: ‘Claire Fauquier’

Understanding Early-Stage Venture Financing Stages

As an investor, I often get asked how much money a company should raise and what they should do with it. I don’t like answering that question, because I don’t know the answer. And I don’t think I should know the answer – it’s their company, not mine. However, what founders are really trying to […] Read more

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How to Crush the Cold Email Game

This is likely not a secret anymore, as I haven’t been shy about sharing it, but I got my job here at Corigin Ventures through an original cold email to David Goldberg (email pasted below). In addition, I’ve used many cold emails to network with fellow VCs, and feel no shame or fear in doing so. I have told […] Read more

Feb, 23, 2017

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The Mind of a Founder: Corigin’s Hardware Founders

In this series, “The Mind of a Founder,” (name lifted from PBS’s The Mind of a Chef, since I’m a big fan), I’ll periodically round up thoughts from our founders to share with the community. If there are any particular themes or questions that you’d like to see me address, please tweet at me or […] Read more

Dec, 05, 2016

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Understanding Cohort Analyses: both subscription and eCommerce businesses

After working with a couple of our portfolio companies on cohort analyses, I eventually put together a cohort analysis template. In the spirit of open sourcing and (hopefully) helping out some founders, I’m posting it here with an explanation and a how-to guide for better understanding the fundamentals of a cohort analysis. Before we begin, […] Read more

Oct, 06, 2016

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A Year-In-Review: Reflections and Lessons-Learned as a New VC

It feels like I wrote my six-month review blogpost yesterday. It also feels like I just joined Corigin last week. But alas, it’s been a year. In the spirit of transparency, much as I did with my six-month review, I’ve spent some time thinking about some of my takeaways from this past year, and published […] Read more

Aug, 03, 2016

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How I Went from Being a Numbers-Hating Banker to a Numbers-Loving VC

Anyone familiar with banking probably knows this stereotype: the guy or gal fresh from undergrad who loves to “crush” models. They get excited when they tell you about “that time they built a model from Book1.xls” and they use the word “haircut” frequently. As in “I think our downside case simply involves taking a moderate […] Read more

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My journey exploring #ArtTech and the path to finding Meural

I’ve been interested in art since I was a little kid. It was always my go-to answer when teachers or “grown-ups” asked what I wanted to be. When traveling with my parents, museums were always a must-do on our vacation itineraries around Europe. In high school, my Mum (a surgeon) and I (who had decided […] Read more

May, 26, 2016

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4 Mushy Takeaways from 6 Months in Venture Capital

As I sit here in our Corigin meditation room, listening to the “Peaceful Indie Ambient” playlist and inhaling the amazing oil diffuser citrus fumes, I find it hard to figure out where to start. I’ve been waiting a while before writing a first blog post; mostly because I have no idea what I’d want to […] Read more

Jan, 29, 2016

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