links for 2011-09-04

  • Fenwick & West LLP, a national law firm that provides comprehensive legal services to technology and life sciences clients of national and international prominence, recently put out their Q2 2011 Bay Area Venture Deal Terms report. VC Experts' coverage of that report can be found at Q2 2011 Bay Area Venture Deal Terms. In light of this, we have provided an early look at some of the analysis that we have compiled thus far covering areas outside of Silicon Valley for Q2 2011. Specific company terms & valuations are available to subscribers of VC Experts Valuation & Deal Term database. In this report, you will see some consistencies in terms with both areas, and also some differences.
  • Angel groups have grown significantly in the last decade, as more and more organizations have been established and more individual angels have joined the groups. Angel groups now exist in nearly every American state and Canadian province, and they offer accredited angel investors the opportunity to invest in and help build successful companies – while also having a good time. Every group is different in terms of investment strategy and culture, but ACA member groups offer interested investors a variety of benefits. Most angel groups are looking for new investors to join their group. [1] Other than "having a high net worth," no one-size-fits-all description of an angel investor exists. The levels of experience and particular interests of angel investors vary widely. But certain overall classifications can be useful if you're hoping to match your capital needs with the right kind of investor.
  • For social networks trying to defend their turf, a good barrier to entry may just be a barrier to membership. That is the idea behind Angie’s List, a members-only site for business reviews that filed for an initial public offering Thursday. More popular review sites like Yelp and TripAdvisor accept reviews from anyone and post those reviews for all to see. This leaves them vulnerable to merchants potentially paying Web surfers a small fee for positive reviews or even just submitting their own. The downside to falling for bogus restaurant or hotel reviews may just be eating a chewy filet or sleeping on dirty sheets. But the consequence of hiring a bad roofer can be more problematic. So Angie’s List focuses on “high cost of failure” segments– plumbers, contractors, doctors and the like–where trusting reviews matters.
    (tags: Angie'sList)
  • Consider your workplace e-mail style. When asked a question, do you confer with others and attribute your response to the group? Do you avoid making a decision in case you might need to reverse course? If so, you may be a buck-passer, causing a productivity drag in an organization. In the latest in digital employee monitoring, new software can identify such people and discern a range of other traits and behaviors, potentially allowing management to intervene or assign people to tasks better suited to them, boosting productivity.
    (tags: management hr)
  • It’s 9:00 a.m. on Monday. An analyst and two investment bankers in crisp navy blue suits sit impatiently at your boardroom table. The PowerPoint projector bursts to life and your heart starts racing. It’s show time! You have 20 minutes to convince them that your company is worthy of their time and money. Relentless competition for capital among private and public companies has made courting investors an integral part of building a successful company. Of all the communication channels available, the investor presentation stands out as one of the most direct and effective ways to get on a money manager’s radar screen.
  • Aardvarks are really good at one thing: eating bugs — sometimes 50,000 in one night! No other creature on the planet can match their appetites. Star performers in their own corner of the jungle, when they tuck a napkin under their aardvark chins, they produce impressive results, just like your hardworking employees can in their jobs. Too often, however, in an attempt to do the aardvark and the organization a favor, a decision maker will insist the aardvark fly like an eagle. There are no flying aardvarks. You can certainly throw an aardvark out of an airplane midair, but you won’t end up with a flying aardvark. Being destroyed doesn’t motivate your employees, not the one who just failed or those who witnessed the crash.

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