Finance/Fundraising

Toxic VC and the Marginal-Dollar Problem

Toxic VCVenture capital has a great expectation for growth and, with it, comes a great pressure to perform. In the quest to grow as big and fast as the Unicorn-crazed market expects, companies find themselves scaling with consequence. After all, not all growth is healthy growth. This article takes a contradictory look at the tough decisions start-ups must face to stay healthy in the face of VC funding.

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Finance/Fundraising

Is Your Company Growing Fast Enough?

RocketshipThis Medium article from Parsa VC provides contemporary data to numerically answer the question, “how fast should I be growing to be an attractive IPO candidate?” It explores benchmarks, provides examples of real-world companies, and dives into key learnings from what the data uncovered.

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Hands Shaking Finance/Fundraising

Why Option Refresh Grants Are Essential For Startup Recruiting And Retention

Employee ownership is a great recruiting and retention tool. As the tech landscape has evolved where time to liquidity is longer, the war for talent has grown and transparency around compensation is greater, the argument for option refresh grants has heated up. This Forbes article takes a fresh look at the argument for option refresh grants and the various forms they can take by looking at Shasta Ventures philosophy on the topic.

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Printed money Finance/Fundraising

Why Can’t SaaS Companies Just Mint Cash?

The natural trade-off between burn rate and profitability is one that keeps many CEOs up at night. This SaaStr article explains why no two SaaS companies are the same in terms of how quickly cash is spent and how important it is to be profitable. Plus, it offers some ideas on how to better gauge and understand key metrics when asking this trade-off question.

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