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Tax Time!

Ahh, the wonders of this time of year, as the inlet unfreezes, the daffodils start to poke up, and the thoughts of upstate residents turns to 1040s, 1065s, and K-1s. This is a good time to link to my previous blog...

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Great article on the history of VC

There are a number of great bloggers, particularly in the startup, law, and VC spaces. I just saw a great piece by one I was unaware of (hat tip to Eric Young of Caanan Partners to send it out) that...

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What form of entity?

Rev members can be any type of corporate entity - as long as it's an organized business entity and not an individual. This leads people to ask - what's the right type for me? Here's a layperson's guide. If you do...

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35 final pitches

Last Wednesday and Thursday I was "empaneled" to review 35 end of semester business pitches for classes at Cornell's Johnson School. It was a long two days, but a privilege to see the energy and enthusiasm of the students showcasing...

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Thoughts from a VC

We are very lucky to have Zach Shulman as a colleague, partner, and friend. Zach is the head of our sister organization Entrepreneurship at Cornell, and is also a Managing Partner of the Cayuga Venture Fund - the most active...

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Lessons from Astro Teller

I recently had the good fortune to be at an event where Astro Teller was interviewed. No relation to Penn and Teller (but the grandson of Edward Teller, the physicist), he's the leader of Google X - the division where...

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Reflections on Cornell Entrepreneurship Summit

We got home from Cornell Entrepreneurship Summit late last night. It was a great chance for the team to leave Ithaca for a while, meet old friends and make new ones, and be challenged with big thoughts on the future...

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NDA or not to NDA, that is the question…

As advisors and instructors we often get questions about protecting intellectual property, and we occasionally get asked to sign confidentiality or nondisclosure agreements, aka "NDA"s. Our experience is that in most cases, early-stage entrepreneurs overstate the value of an NDA and...

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