An Open Letter to Demo Day Startups

Dear Incredibly Fortunate and Accomplished Startup Founder,

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The Value of Data, Part 3: Data Business Models

Data is incredibly valuable. It helps create superior products, it forms a barrier to entry, and it can be directly monetized. This post is the third in a 3-part series about making data a core part of a startup's business plan.

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The Value of Data, Part 2: Building Valuable Datasets

Data is incredibly valuable. It helps create superior products, it forms a barrier to entry, and it can be directly monetized. This post is the second in a 3-part series about making data a core part of a startup's business plan.

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The Value of Data, Part 1: Using Data as a Competitive Advantage

Data is incredibly valuable. It helps create superior products, it forms a barrier to entry, and it can be directly monetized. This post is the first in a 3-part series about building companies that leverage the value of data.

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Fundraising Logistics Talk

I just gave a short talk on fundraising logistics at a Caltech alumni lunch. The talk was loosely inspired by my recent post on raising money from VCs

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Website Update!

I just switched my blog over from Posthaven to Jekyll. If you run into any issues on the site, please let me know!

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The Internet is a Meritocracy

If you own a typical physical store, almost all of your customers live or work within a few miles of your location [1]. Even for big ticket item like cars, 80% of purchases are made at dealerships that are within 30 miles of the buyer's home [2].

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Do Founders Get Value from Investor Updates?

Most investors eventually ask founders to send monthly email updates. These updates can seem like a tedious task, akin to your parents asking you to call them every week when you go to off to college. Since founders are busy and writing takes time, it's tempting to skip updates and hope no one makes a fuss. Besides, monthly check-ins only benefit investors, right? Wrong. Almost every founder that I've talked to finds the act of writing updates valuable, often to their surprise. Here are some of the key benefits of sending updates, from most obvious to most subtle:

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