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Startups Seeking Funding Should Consider Corporate Venture Capital Arms

Author: Richard Harroch, Contributor, Forbes

Venture capital funds capitalized and run by major corporations are becoming more popular, and are commonly referred to as “venture capital arms” or “corporate venture arms.” For example, companies such as Google, Qualcomm, Comcast, Dell, Microsoft, Nokia and Intel all have professional active venture arms. This is an important development …More

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Client Spotlight: VC Investor David Blumberg on 25 Years of Evolution in Tech Investing

Author: Samir Kaji, Senior Managing Director, First Republic Bank

Since launching the early-stage venture capital firm Blumberg Capital more than 25 years ago, David Blumberg has shepherded dozens of early-stage companies from growth to acquisition or initial public offering. We recently spoke with David about his career path, his …More

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Tech Leaders Sound Off: How Transparency Leads to Greater Employee Trust

Author: David Kiger, Contributor, Business2Community

We hear a lot about being transparent in business. Like an open floor plan in a modern house or office, the ability to break down walls so that all involved are on the same page can create a more appealing …More

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Chances Are Your Startup Is Going to Get Hacked — Here’s What to Do

Author: Samantha Drake, Contributor, Forbes

At the rate hackers are breaking into businesses computer records, chances are unfortunately pretty good that your startup has already been compromised in some way. The odds are so strong, in fact, that the federal government recently released guidelines to …More

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How the Power of Reflection Builds Stronger Businesses

Author: Jeff Boss, Contributor, Forbes

Let’s face it, nobody really learns from their successes like they do from their failures. When was the last time you delivered a stellar presentation, a picture-perfect pitch and reflected upon how awesome you were? Exactly. But, when you don’t …More

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Startup Founders: Have You Made These Money Moves?

Author: Rohit Jain, Business Banker, First Republic Bank

In the early years of starting a company, personal finances and business success are often linked. Ensuring you have the funds available to support yourself during the months or years before your company begins to generate revenue is crucial—otherwise, you’ll …More

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Sidestepping the Emotional Risk of Launching a Startup

Author: Robin Bruce, Contributor, Forbes

The glamour of a startup launch is hard to resist. Maybe there’s a provocative splash page or a mysterious sign-up list that makes people want to be among the first to access a new product. Or maybe there’s no public …More

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Five Tips for Cultivating an Effective Mentorship

Author: Hana Yang, Business Banker, First Republic Bank

For many startup founders, finding and cultivating a relationship with the right mentor or mentors may very well prove just as valuable as that initial round of investment or first real hire. After all, a good mentor imparts the kind …More

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Instacart – First Republic Client Story

Author: First Republic Bank

Apoorva Mehta had always dreamed of starting his own company. His entrepreneurial drive and experience paid off when, in 2012, he established Instacart. The online grocery delivery service now operates in 18 metropolitan areas and partners with over 100 retailers. …More

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