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Host Mark W King gathers venture capital’s success, failure, genius and insanity and distill it down into wisdom and know-how that accelerates your entrepreneurial success

Host Mark W King gathers venture capital’s success, failure, genius and insanity and distill it down into wisdom and know-how that accelerates your entrepreneurial success
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Chicago, IL

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Host Mark W King gathers venture capital’s success, failure, genius and insanity and distill it down into wisdom and know-how that accelerates your entrepreneurial success

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English

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312-344-3214


Episodes

Why A Startup Needs 16 Lawyers

4/27/2017
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For detailed show notes and links go to MarkWKing.com/6 In this episode, I distill some positive and negative lessons about why a startup might need multiple attorneys. The short answer…lawyers are like doctors, they specialize. One size does not fit all situations. Equally important, entrepreneurs need to be careful about who an attorney has a duty of loyalty to. A lawyer that represents a company's best interest does not by default represent the founder. Also in this episode, I...

Duration:00:29:06

Is A Startup Co-founder Essential?

4/9/2017
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When you read about startups or startup accelerators, you almost hear about teams of co-founders. That’s because there most often, having co-founders is the right way to go. But can a solo founder succeed? What’s a poor startup founder to do if s/he can’t find the right co-founders? Just hang-out and wait? In this episode of Distilling Venture Capital, I look at these questions. Below are some of the articles and resources that I mention. For the detailed show notes and bonus information...

Duration:00:21:54

How Do VCs Make Decisions?

3/13/2017
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VC decision making is one of the great mysteries of the business world. In this episode we look at the range of decision making models used by VC funds. Elizabeth Yin of 500 Startups wrote a great blog post on the topic. She was also generous enough to record some follow-up thoughts for this episode. The secret behind VC partnerships… The take home point is that venture capital funds fall on a spectrum with champion based decision making on one end and consensus models at the other. The...

Duration:00:16:26

How To Pitch Startup Investors

3/1/2017
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In this episode we look at advice from Hyde Park Angels and Rob Go of NextView Ventures about how to best pitch your startup to VCs or angel investors. We also look at what you can learn from a story Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures tells about an entrepreneur who successfully convinced Fred to invest without a pitch deck at all. Building The Perfect Pitch Hyde Park Angels As part of their educational series Hyde Park's team created a great outline for the story your pitch should...

Duration:00:21:46

What Does A Co-Founder Actually Do?

2/1/2017
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Satya Patel of Homebrew, Steve Blank of lean startup fame and Aaron Harris of Y-Combinator wrote three amazing posts about founders, co-founders, founding teams and founding CEOs. In this episode, Mark W King explores their best thinking and explains what you need to know. Start-ups Are Hard. Don't Go It Alone by Satya Patel, Partner at seed fund Homebrew Ventures Satya does a great job explaining why founders need co-founders both for their own sake and the sake of their...

Duration:00:26:28

How Do Venture Capitalists Really Make Money?

1/1/2017
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If you really want to understand a business figure out how it makes money. That's true for every kind of business. It's especially true in venture capital. Most people think about venture capital in terms of single deals. A VC's job is to essentially buy low and sell high. That takes a ton of work. In future episodes we'll take a look at how an individual VC deal makes money. Ultimately, however, venture capitalists make their money by managing a fund of venture investments for other...

Duration:00:18:00

Know When To Fold ‘Em - The Venture Capital Coroner's Report

10/2/2015
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My interviews with venture capital's most successful failures have proven that the sage old advice from Kenny Rogers still applies: "Ya gotta know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, know when to walk away and know when to run." It's not time to run, but it is time to fold up the Venture Capital Coroner's Report. I just can't get a steady enough supply of guests to keep going. If you want to hear the three reasons people declined to come on the show, listen to this six minute...

Duration:00:06:30

Know When To Fold ‘Em - Venture Capital Coroner's Report

10/2/2015
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My interviews with venture capital’s most successful failures have proven that the sage old advice from Willy Nelson still applies: “Ya gotta know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em, know when to walk away and know when to run.” It’s not time to run, but it is time to fold up the […] The post Know When To Fold ‘Em appeared first on Venture Capital Coroner's Report.

Duration:00:04:39

Jeff Novich On What Made His Start-up Fail At Launch - The Venture Capital Coroner's Report

7/14/2015
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As a serial entrepreneur Jeff Novich could spot a problem that meant opportunity. His Dad had one of those problems in his medical practice. Doctors' offices were drowning in paper and inefficient communication. Jeff and his dad saw an opportunity to disrupt how medical offices operate and at the same time improve patient care and satisfaction. It was a massive home run for Jeff's dad. But in less than a year Jeff walked away in frustration. Listen to this episode to find out who made him...

Duration:00:42:04

Fail Fast! Jeff Novich On What Made His Start-up Fail At Launch - Venture C

7/14/2015
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As a serial entrepreneur Jeff Novich could spot a problem that meant opportunity. His Dad had one of those problems in his medical practice. Doctors’ offices were drowning in paper and inefficient communication. Jeff and his dad saw an opportunity to disrupt how medical offices operate and at the same time improve patient care and […] The post Fail Fast! Jeff Novich On What Made His Start-up Fail At Launch appeared first on Venture Capital Coroner's Report.

Duration:00:26:00

Co-founders, Paparazzi & Family...Oh My! Nikki Durkin on Start-up Relationships - The Venture Capital Coroner's Report

6/11/2015
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What were you doing when you were 18? Nikki Durkin was finding co-founders, doing the Y-Combinator thing, raising venture capital, dealing with reporters, replacing co-founders, raising more venture capital and otherwise trying to grow her start-up. Listen in to find out what she learned when it all collapsed. My Guest Nikki Durkin hails from Sydney, Australia. At the ripe old age of 18 she launched 99Dresses, an online exchange for used fashion. After starting in Sydney, she moved to...

Duration:00:30:26

Co-founders, Paparazzi & Family…Oh My! Nikki Durkin on Start-up Relationshi

6/11/2015
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What were you doing when you were 18? Nikki Durkin was finding co-founders, doing the Y-Combinator thing, raising venture capital, dealing with reporters, replacing co-founders, raising more venture capital and otherwise trying to grow her start-up. Listen in to find out what she learned when it all collapsed. My Guest Nikki Durkin hails from Sydney, […] The post Co-founders, Paparazzi & Family…Oh My! Nikki Durkin on Start-up Relationships appeared first on Venture Capital Coroner's Report.

Duration:00:19:01

When Should You Pivot? Gard Mayer On Making Critical Decisions - The Venture Capital Coroner's Report

5/13/2015
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Gard Mayer's path as an entrepreneur has more twists & turns than a back road through the mountains. In this venture capital podcast he talks about huge success, complete failure & everything in between, pivoting his start-ups when reality set in My Guest Gard leads Invodo’s sales team, driving growth through expanding the client base and revenue while also growing relationships with existing clients. As one of the original founders of Invodo, Gard brings over 14 years of entrepreneurial...

Duration:00:38:51

When Should You Pivot? Gard Mayer On Making Critical Decisions

5/13/2015
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Gard Mayer’s path as an entrepreneur has more twists & turns than a back road through the mountains. In this venture capital podcast he talks about huge success, complete failure & everything in between, pivoting his start-ups when reality set in My Guest Gard leads Invodo’s sales team, driving growth through expanding the client base […] The post When Should You Pivot? Gard Mayer On Making Critical Decisions appeared first on Venture Capital Coroner's Report.

Duration:00:24:04

Did The Check Clear? Peter Schlegel on Needing Multiple Plan B’s - The Venture Capital Coroner's Report

4/26/2015
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Peter Vilsholm Therkildsen Schlegel had a path. Get seed capital. Launch start-up. Join incubator. Finish program. Get capital from incubator's loan fund to build start-up. Sounded good to everyone...except one person at the loan fund. And did I mention the letter from the Danish immigration authority? I'm Moving! Well sort of...just a new Twitter handle. I'm phasing out @VCCoroner and focusing on my personal handle @Mark_W_King. Click here for tweets about the podcast and other insights...

Duration:00:36:35

Wait For The Check To Clear! Peter Schlegel on Needing Plan B

4/26/2015
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Peter Vilsholm Therkildsen Schlegel had a path. Get seed capital. Launch start-up. Join incubator. Finish program. Get capital from incubator’s loan fund to build start-up. Sounded good to everyone…except one person at the loan fund. And did I mention the letter from the Danish immigration authority? I’m Moving!Well sort of…just a new Twitter handle. I’m […] The post Wait For The Check To Clear! Peter Schlegel on Needing Plan B appeared first on Venture Capital Coroner's Report.

Duration:00:22:42

Shut-up and Listen! Rachel Chalmers Explains the Biggest Mistake You Can Make - The Venture Capital Coroner's Report

4/9/2015
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Rachel Chalmers knows your Achilles heel. After two plus decades sitting in Silicon Valley's front row watching start-up technology companies, she has a very clear idea of the single biggest cause of start-up failure. Rachel was kind enough to sit down for a few minutes at the Montgomery Summit and talk about it. Listen in to hear what she sees as most critical for entrepreneurial success. My Guest Rachel Chalmers has been a long time observer and analyst in the world of technology. She...

Duration:00:20:48

Shut-up and Listen! Rachel Chalmers Explains the Biggest Mistake You Can Ma

4/9/2015
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Rachel Chalmers knows your Achilles heel. After two plus decades sitting in Silicon Valley’s front row watching start-up technology companies, she has a very clear idea of the single biggest cause of start-up failure. Rachel was kind enough to sit down for a few minutes at the Montgomery Summit and talk about it. Listen in […]

Duration:00:25:37

Not So Fast! Nag Palavalli on the Perils of Easy Capital Raising - The Venture Capital Coroner's Report

3/26/2015
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Can you raise venture capital too easily? Nagarjun "Nag" Palavalli, my guest on this episode, thinks you can. Nag's journey from dropping out of college in India to the fast paced start-up culture at the Alchemist Accelerator in Silicon Valley illustrates the pitfalls of quick success. Nag also discusses why the romantic notion of the lone entrepreneur building a start-up can actually kill a great idea. And Nag identifies the one person he wishes he'd talked to before launching. My...

Duration:00:30:03

Not So Fast! Nag Palavalli on the Perils of Easy Capital Raising

3/26/2015
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Can you raise venture capital too easily? Nagarjun “Nag” Palavalli, my guest on this episode, thinks you can. Nag’s journey from dropping out of college in India to the fast paced start-up culture at the Alchemist Accelerator in Silicon Valley illustrates the pitfalls of quick success. Nag also discusses why the romantic notion of the […]

Duration:00:36:46