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The slow fuse of dry powder, landing page basics, generative AI hype • Alaska Green Light Blog

The slow fuse of dry powder, landing page basics, generative AI hype • Alaska Green Light Blog

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It’s impossible to plan everything that can go wrong when building a startup.

A definitive founder’s guide would have to include chapters like “So you hired the wrong person” or “Five ways to tell if an investor is lying to you.”

A definitive guide would have to include chapters like “So you hired the wrong person” or “Five ways to tell if an investor is lying to you.”

Mentors and advisors are handy, but startups move at breakneck speed. Investors say they want to add value, but for founders under pressure, it’s difficult to know exactly when to ask for help.

Before becoming co-founder and CEO of TigerEye, Tracy Young held the same roles at construction productivity software startup, PlanGrid.

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Though she led the company to $100 million ARR prior to Autodesk’s acquisition, she has had “years to analyze the mistakes I made on my first startup,” she writes in TC+.

Young looks back on “five major failure points” that are common potholes in every founder’s path and offers tactical advice for overcoming internal conflicts, loss of product market fit, and other stumbling blocks.

“If these considerations help one founder make one fewer mistakes, I would think the effort is worth it.”

On Thursday, January 19th at 10:00am PST/1:00pm EST, Tracy Young will be speaking to me in a Twitter section about how she’s dealt with these and other common Founder Challenges. Bring your questions and join the chat!

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3 questions founders should ask investors in the first quarter of 2023

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Money is power, and VCs know it.

That’s one of the reasons why so many founders do insufficient due diligence on their investors, says Talia Rafaeli, a partner at early-stage European VC fund Kompas.

Rather than going into a pitch meeting hoping to push through favorable terms, Rafaeli advises entrepreneurs to quiz investors with direct questions about liquidity, exit expectations and how they plan to add value over time.

“A tough economic climate doesn’t mean that the power dynamic automatically tilts in favor of those with the money,” she says.

“The best working relationships are those built on a fair basis with honesty and clarity.”

Will record dry powder levels spark a delayed explosion in startup investment?

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There’s a subtext to the layoffs and Craigslist ads for discounted office furniture: Tech investors have amassed about $290 billion in dry powder.

“Despite the downturn, the strong cash supply and tailwinds for digital spending are leading some market participants to believe we are in a strong investment cycle,” said Raphael Mukomilow and Pierre Bourdon of Picus Capital.

After tracing uninvested capital back to 2006, the pair found that “a crisis in the investment landscape is often followed by years of systematic returns outperformance and history can repeat itself.”

Oops! Is generative AI already becoming a bubble?

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Generative AI is making waves with apps like Lensa AI, DALL-E, and ChatGPT, but does that make it a strong investment?

Several venture capitalists who responded to a recent Alaska Green Light Blog+ survey “said the technology’s growth reminded them too much of crypto,” writes Rebecca Szkutak.

“All piling up faster than they should.”

When will IPOs return? The past may hold some clues

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Natalia Holgado Sanchez, Head of Capital Markets at Secfi, examined the impact of five downturns since 2002 to see how well privately held startups have held up, “and most importantly, how long it took for the IPO market has been reopened”.

For each period, Sanchez examined the triggering events, the similarities and differences between this downturn and previous crises, and how startups were impacted.

“Based on historical data, the IPO market has opened up after 18 to 24 months on average,” she noted. “Given that it has now been about nine months since our window closed, we could see movement through June 2023.”

Dear Sophie, how can I transfer my H-1B 2023 to my new startup?

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Dear Sophie,

I am DETERMINED: This is the year to finally live my dream and start my startup! I currently have an H-1B for my full-time job as an engineer at another company.

How can I transfer my visa to my startup? How do we structure the startup for immigration success?

— Restless and determined

Teach yourself growth marketing: How to set up a landing page

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In the first article in a five-part series on the basics of growth marketing, Jonathan Martinez explains how to create an essential part of any business’s sales funnel: a landing page.

This overview provides basic steps for writing a clear headline, providing visitors with social proof that builds credibility, and creating calls-to-action that drive results.

Next week, Martinez, who has helped startups like Uber, Postmates, and Chime, will share his tips for launching a paid acquisition channel.

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