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Venture Deals by Brad Feld
Help take your startup to the next step with the new and revised edition of the popular book on the VC deal process—from the co-founders of the Foundry Group
How do venture capital deals come together? This is one of the most frequent questions asked by each generation of new entrepreneurs. Surprisingly, there is little reliable information on the subject. No one understands this better than Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson. The founders and driving force behind the Foundry Group—a venture capital firm focused on investing in early-stage information technology companies—Brad and Jason have been involved in hundreds of venture capital financings. Their investments range from small startups to large Series A venture financing rounds. The new edition of Venture Deals continues to show fledgling entrepreneurs the inner-workings of the VC process, from the venture capital term sheet and effective negotiating strategies to the initial seed and the later stages of development.
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
The Vanishing Half examines sisterhood, black identity, and parenthood with compassion and conviction. The Vignes twins grew up inseparable in the ’60s in Mallard, Louisiana, a small town reserved for black residents with light skin. Stella and Desiree Vignes are tall and beautiful, and they dream of lives beyond the lynching of their father and housekeeping for white people, like their mother does. When they flee to New Orleans as teenagers, Stella discovers that she can pass as white, and so begins the fracture that will forever separate the twins. Stella disappears in California and continues to play the part of a white woman, keeping her past a secret from her husband and daughter. After leaving her abusive marriage, Desiree returns to Mallard with her daughter, Jude, who is “black as tar.” Jude, desperate to find a place where she fits in, goes to college in California and discovers she was searching not just for herself but for her mother’s sister. Told in flashbacks and alternating points of view, this novel asks what is personal identity, if not your past. A riveting and sympathetic story about the bonds of sisterhood and just how strong they are, even at their weakest. —Al Woodworth, Amazon Book Review
Leveraging human creativity and intelligence, while eliminating routine work is the ultimate goal of automation technology.
Automation may come in many forms: it can be a man-less factory production line, a robot that performs on its own or software which automatically perform tasks.
Automation allows for companies to run without the supervision from humans who need to be paid, trained or cannot perform an activity.
Automation technology is a great way for companies to reduce or eliminate expenses related to human resources such as hiring, training and the need for company provided healthcare.
Laura Shin - Unchained podcast
Laura is a Bloomberg reporter and podcast host of Unchained: Big Ideas From The Worlds Of Blockchain And Cryptocurrency podcast. She has known about Bitcoin since 2011, and she saw it as the next logical step for her career. She moved to Japan, where she started writing about bitcoin for Forbes.