Tags: ‘startups’

What’s the Deal with Executive Coaching? Digging into a Popular Topic.

There’s a lot of buzz lately in many industries, including tech, around executive coaching, but there is also a lot of confusion around the topic. Who is executive coaching for? How is it different from therapy? How expensive is it really? To help answer these questions and more, we’ve asked a few experts on the […] Read more

Dec, 05, 2017

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Why I’m Putting Founder Wellness and Development at the Center of our Platform

When I first began in this role six months ago, I spent most of my time asking founders about their lives, businesses, struggles, and everything in between. The goal was to figure out where they most needed help and match it with where we could most add value as a venture firm. I wrote about […] Read more

Nov, 29, 2017

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The Startup as a Rube Goldberg Machine: Why Early-Stage Companies that Prioritize Operations Will Win

Guest blog by Sundeep Kumar, Co-Founder and COO of LoftSmart   Apple’s late-aughts “Get a Mac” campaign, featuring John Hodgson as the “Big Company” PC and Justin Long as the “Innovative Startup” Mac. Early-Stage companies often overlook “Big Company” structure in favor of rapid growth, but the two are not mutually exclusive.   Before I […] Read more

Nov, 01, 2017

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Building a Venture Capital Platform (Part I): It All Starts with Listening

At Corigin Ventures my mandate is to build and execute a platform strategy that will support our investment process and the portfolio of companies we invest in. I find the blank slate to be both exhilarating and daunting because it taps into my creative abilities, but also begs the question of “which direction do I head in?” […] Read more

Oct, 31, 2017

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At the Early Stage, Focus on Unit Economic Profitability, not Corporate Profitability

When asking pre-seed companies about their anticipated burn rates and cash spend over the following twelve months, I often get a boastful response along the lines of, “well, we’re profitable now, it’s just a matter of how much we want to spend”. That’s great, and I applaud pre-seed or bootstrapped companies that have found profitability, […] Read more

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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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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 Consumer’s Perspective on the Future of DFS

Given the recent legalization in NY, and that NFL opening kickoff is just 15 days away, I’ve been thinking a lot about the current and future state of DFS. I am not an investor in either of the well-known unicorns, and I’m ignoring legal issues, so most of my perspective is that from an avid consumer. […] Read more

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11 Steps to an Efficient Fundraise

We often work with first-time entrepreneurs here at Corigin Ventures. They bring a certain hunger and a unique perspective, and their ignorance to the difficult road ahead can be a weapon. But with that comes inexperience – not just in building a business (which is hard enough), but in navigating the process of fundraising. They’ve […] Read more

Aug, 03, 2016

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