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Realness from Tom here. Just want to see more explaining the rationale for this piece: 'The hangover will start later this year and will be more severe than that from the GFC.' That's a big statement, and it might be true ... would like to understand the evidence.
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These dudes were legit everywhere in 2018. Very impressive. At the same time, the messaging always seemed hollow to me. I assumed that I was in the target market, and they made that very clear, but I never heard why I needed to care about a 'credit card for founders.' Felt more like they had a lot of VC money and wanted to take a market. But apparently it worked!
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Keep your dignity and protect your quality of life. And the headaches never get better over time, especially in times of stress.
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Redefining dilution
Everyone generally agrees that dilution should be avoided.VCs insist on pro-rata rights to avoid the dreaded "D" word.Executives often complain, after a new financing, that they should be "made whole" to offset the dilution that came with the new round.Founders work as hard as they can to maximize their valuation at each financing event to avoid painful dilution.
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Founder Friends - NYC Luma
​Join the NYC founder community to connect with other founders and hear war stories from a founder who went through the wringer and came out the other side.​Though Ankur Nagpal went to Berkeley and studied engineering and computer science, his is anything but a typical Silicon Valley founder story.​Born in Bombay and raised in Oman, Ankur immigrated to the US to study.