NOW THE MATTER IS REALLY CLOSED :) Re: [FD Members] question about accelerators taking equity

Chandra Jacobs

January 7th, 2013

I turned the program down. I seem to be getting along fine without them,
and I felt it was a bit extractive.

THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Cheers,
*Chandra*
*CEO, tripchi*
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On Mon, Jan 7, 2013 at 7:38 PM, kymberlie mcnicholas <kym...@gmail.com>wrote:

Kym McNicholas TV Host, Tech Jounalist, Director of Extreme Tech Challenge, Host of KDOW Radio's NewFocus On Innovation

January 7th, 2013

I\'m so proud of u! Tough decision!!!!

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On Jan 7, 2013, at 8:44 PM, Chandra Jacobs <c...@tripchi.com> wrote:

Christopher Dessi TEDx Speaker, Founder, CEO, Angel Investor, Author of Remarkable You, & Just Like You, Inc Columnist

January 7th, 2013

wow - not an easy decision. Well done Chandra.

Kelly Mackin Entrepreneur, Writer, Product Creator

January 8th, 2013

They make one go through a lot of hoops for small cash and big equity. Some, like Y Combinator, offer great STRATEGIC and PR value. But that said, most do not. I\'d also suggest the economic value of time is a consideration. If you are jumping through hoops to prepare due diligence for what amounts to a tiny amount of money then my advice would be to remain cautious.

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On Jan 8, 2013, at 8:57 AM, Stefan Brunner <sbrun...@spamcop.net> wrote:

Kelly Mackin Entrepreneur, Writer, Product Creator

January 8th, 2013

Gates philosophy was always to take anything that was offered to create momentum and leverage. I think that\'s a risky strategy without his connections. (His mother, Mary Gates, was on the board of United Way and knew the CEO of IBM personally).

If you have the ability to produce a great solution without it, or at least to get to revenue, then I\'d say no if it costs you a ton of time in due diligence.

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On Jan 8, 2013, at 12:26 AM, JD Lasica <jdlas...@gmail.com> wrote:

JD Lasica Entrepreneur, tech innovator, journalist, author, social media strategist, change agent

January 8th, 2013

I hope that accelerator model does NOT catch on!

jd

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On Mon, Jan 7, 2013 at 9:44 PM, Chris Dessi <chrisde...@silverbacksocial.com

Stefan Brunner Cofunder and COO at TheTechMap, Inc

January 8th, 2013

For me, accelerator money is pocket change. Though, I am not right of college any more. Back then, I financed my first business through savings, early revenue, and strict cash flow management. Today, I have family, a mortgage and anything else which comes with being a sole provider.

More interesting for my stage in life is how to get actual funding to start fulltime and hire a small team. The accelerator model fits in terms of emotional support but not in terms of finances. I do not care too much about office space and equipment as I have all of that from my day job, working from home (or from a plane) for the last decade.

How to get serious funding in the current environment is still a gap to solve for me.

--- Stefan

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On Jan 8, 2013, at 2:26 AM, JD Lasica <jdlas...@gmail.com> wrote:

Peter Baltaxe Consultant, product leader, serial entrepreneur

January 8th, 2013

That is the role of Angel funding, assuming that your business is intended
to grow into something significant and not peak at a lifestyle revenue
rate. As an angel investor, I look for customer traction as the most
important indicator of potential success (beyond team
expertise/passion/experience, sound business model, and large potential
market-which I classify as theoretical success indicators.) The sweet spot
for the angel groups I am associated with is having a few significant
paying customers (if you are a B2B play) and a pipeline of interest. The
whole lean startup model and MVP strategy is designed to get you to paying
customers with minimal investment in time and resources. I advise and
mentor startups in this process, so I am happy to chat more about it one on
one. But that is how you close the gap.

- Pete Baltaxe

Stefan Brunner Cofunder and COO at TheTechMap, Inc

January 8th, 2013

Hi Kelly,

This is it not really a good comparison as your are paying for the accelerator. It is not free. Likewise you could pay a celebrity to endorse your business or hire a top consultant.

--- Stefan

On Jan 8, 2013, at 11:15 AM, Kelly M <ke...@deepcello.com> wrote: