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Notes from the RingCentral S-1 IPO Filing 27 Aug 2013 | 03:16 am

RingCentral, a provider of cloud-based phone systems and communications tools, just filed their S-1 to go public. This is interesting from a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) perspective because RingCentra...

Quantifying the SaaS Valuation Growth Rate Multiplier 26 Aug 2013 | 02:12 am

We know that Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) companies with a higher growth rate are much more valuable than other SaaS companies with a lower growth rate, all things equal, based on research of publicly...

Assessing Achievement of Product / Market Fit 25 Aug 2013 | 03:30 am

Yesterday I was talking to an entrepreneur about product / market fit. His startup is making good progress and has a minimum viable product in the hands of a couple friendly, paying customers. After g...

Local Angel / VC Investing for Returns or as Civic Duty 24 Aug 2013 | 02:42 am

A few days ago I was part of a number of discussions around angel / VC investing and supporting local entrepreneurs. One of the recurring themes was between the desire to generate risk-adjusted return...

Investors and Entrepreneurs aren’t Always Aligned 23 Aug 2013 | 02:58 am

Last week I was talking to an entrepreneur that was lamenting how they weren’t aligned with one of their investors, and it was causing serious challenges. It isn’t that they didn’t have a good working...

Digital Display Disruption with Android Sticks / Beyond Google Chromecast 22 Aug 2013 | 03:13 am

Yesterday I tried out the new Google Chromecast for the first time. For a $35 device, it packs a ton of power and is really useful. AirPlay via AppleTV is still much more flexible since the whole desk...

Atlanta Companies on the 2013 Inc. 500 21 Aug 2013 | 01:28 am

I love this time of year. It’s when Inc. magazine publishes the latest Inc. 500 for the 500 fastest growing companies in the United States. Hannon Hill was #247 in 2007 and Pardot was #172 in 2012. H...

How it Works as an Investor in a Venture Fund 20 Aug 2013 | 03:43 am

With a great deal of focus on entrepreneurs raising money from venture capitalists, it’s important to step back and look at how it works to be an investor in a venture fund. Here’s how it works as an...

Big Numerical Goals for the Atlanta Startup Community 19 Aug 2013 | 02:12 am

Allen Nance tossed out some new ideas for the Atlanta startup community yesterday and John Melonakos followed it up with his thoughts on each of Allen’s ideas. Combine that with the Twitterverse comme...

10 Ideal Customers are More Important than 30 Random Customers 18 Aug 2013 | 04:06 am

Earlier this week I was talking to founders of a local startup about finding product / market fit (stage 1). They had a minimum viable product that was rapidly approaching minimum respectable product ...

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