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Startups: Here’s How to Get the Most Out of a Strategic Investor

Author: Valley Voices, Forbes

When a startup does decide that strategic investment is its best course of action, it’s critical to think about how it will structure that relationship to get the most out of the investor that’s interested. When done well, strategic investments can …More

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Client Spotlight: Learn Capital on How Technology is Creating an Education Revolution

Author: Brady Harter, Business Banker; and Hana Yang, Business Banker, First Republic Bank

Jennifer Lee and Michael Staton came to Learn Capital from different backgrounds — she spent her career in finance and he started out as a teacher. But both have a similar passion for exploring how technology can improve education and …More

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Seven Ways Leadership Can Win Over Tech Talent

Author: Falon Fatemi, Contributor, Forbes

Competitive advantage comes in many flavors. You might win with leadership, product strategy or even dumb luck. But in today’s data-driven climate, there’s one thing you can’t compete without: tech talent. Yet with the talent crunch worsening, finding the right …More

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Three Key Rules When Introducing Your Company’s Second Product

Author: Steve Sloan, Contributor, The Next Web

The trajectories of successful tech startups look a lot like the careers of famous rap stars. Some of them have sustained success like Jay-Z and some of them fade away like Vanilla Ice. The question for every successful entrepreneur is …More

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Client Spotlight: How VC Firm Amasia Helps Startups Go Global

Author: Michele Celestino, Relationship Manager, and Hana Yang, Business Banker, First Republic Bank

For many startup founders, taking their company international is a big, often intimidating dream. But with deep experience in cross-border business, the team at Amasia, a California- and Singapore-based venture capital firm, has helped companies more easily explore opportunities and …More

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Seven Practical Tips to Help Protect Your Intellectual Property

Author: Amy Sept, Contributor, Business2Community

Want to engage freelance help, but feel reluctant to give someone access to the nitty-gritty details? Collaboration takes trust, and trust takes time. But at the same time, business waits for nobody. By hiring well and proactively taking steps to …More

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Six Tips to Help You Land a Job at a Tech Company

Author: Karsten Strauss, Contributor, Forbes

Few industries are as dynamic and appealing to young folks coming out of universities as tech. But embarking on a career in that sector can feel confusing and perhaps even intimidating. How do you decide where to apply? How do …More

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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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