Friday, April 22, 2016

gender pronouns and science

When I was younger, say in the first or second grade, I reasoned that if I wanted to become a scientist, I had to see gender pronouns as gender neutral. That way I'd never think I was excluded from science, and everything would be fine. I know, logic of a young child. It worked except other girls didn’t think the way I did and were confused that I liked science and didn’t want to play and worse some didn't want to talk to me as I was the weird one that was more interested in science. I just chose to focus on science when I had the chance. The downside is that I was very isolated save a few good friends.

Now days young girls have much more support in staying supported in science, and having a normal social life. If you know of any young one, lift her chin a little higher, and tell her science can move the world. We got to the moon, who knows where we’ll go next. And more importantly she can make it happen.

A fun book for little ones, Flatterland.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Demystifying fundraising - a brief post with resources

No woman or man for that matter should ever feel they are at the whim of a VC because they don't understand the language of venture funding. Thank you Internet!
This is a quick starter in fund raising and getting started.

Venture Funding
Venture Deals: How to be smarter than your lawyer and venture capitalist - it covers the nuts and bolts of the mechanics of funding: term sheet terms, capable forecasts, and negotiation.

A now free class: Venture Deals
By Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson
I took this class when it wasn't free. This is The class to learn about funding. It's a thorough look at the entire process of funding raising for an entrepreneur and gives insight about the VCs perspective to enable the entrepreneur to best find the best matching VC/fund, which deal structure and cover all stages of fund raising.

Open Docs - Startup Legal Docs
Use your own common sense, consult an expert regarding the context in how you plan to use, or which one or parts of one would best fit your needs.
There's a whole host of docs online from all the majors, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & RosatiOrrick, Cooley
http://startuplawyer.com/venture-capital/y-combinator-open-sources-funding-documentsventure-lawyers-leave-office-early
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=4122412
http://www.openlawlab.com/2014/08/05/githubbing-law/


How to Start a Startup - Stanford CS 183b
http://startupclass.samaltman.com

This is based on the Stanford Computer Science class on Entrepreneurship. It's a video lecture format by notable Entrepreneurs and Stanford Alumi based on the class taught by Peter Thiel.

Specifically about starting a startup product conducting the search for a viable product with an initial MVP -Technology Entrepreneurship

Beside the resources mentioned above, here's other blogs and resources by industry notables with great advice, who I felt honestly are looking for the best of breed entrepreneur no mater what form-factor you're in.

Paul Graham YC co-founder
Fred Wilson  Union Square Ventures
Andreessen Horowitz
Steve Blank