Where Do Deals Come From, 2017 Version

It’s that time of year again – where we look back at all the deals we completed the prior year, and ‘consider the source’. Feel free to look back and compare to our prior exercises for 2015 and 2016. A reminder of the goals in writing this: Help founders and co-investors better understand Corigin Ventures, […] Read more

Jan, 27, 2018


Thinking About Non-Disclosure Agreements

Guest Post by Corigin Ventures Advisor John Liftin, Esq.   Everyone who deals with proprietary ideas or products probably has been asked to sign, or has asked someone to sign, a non-disclosure agreement (NDA), sometimes called a confidentiality agreement.  Although NDAs contain many of the same provisions and are sometimes treated as boilerplate, there can […] Read more

Jan, 25, 2018



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

Lessons From a Former Founder

I have put off writing this post for four years, which is how long it has been since I exited my own startup, FreshNeck. Two main reasons for this: I needed time, and additional experiences under my belt, to properly reflect and process lessons learned. It hurts, and this isn’t easy for me to write. […] Read more

Nov, 29, 2017


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

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


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

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

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

The Ideal Investor Group Post Seed Raise

Fundraising is often called ‘The Dance’, a nuanced and potentially lengthy process that can frustrate founders. Often times there is one sole objective: raise as much capital as possible in a short period of time. And while I won’t argue that time is of the essence — founders need to be focused on building their businesses — this short-sighted […] Read more

Aug, 18, 2017


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