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The Startup South: Emerging Hubs in Chattanooga, Nashville, Little Rock, and Miami

Posted by Alec Cole on December 15, 2016

The Southeast is Starting Up. And Specializing.

Founders in the Southeast can be forgiven for occasionally feeling like the forgotten children of the tech world. After all, they’re hustling, they’re innovating, but their startup grind is taking place in ecosystems that fly well under the radar of media, investors, and other entrepreneurs.

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2016 in Southern Startups: Stories, Rounds, and What Comes Next

Posted by Jillian Firnhaber on December 8, 2016

We'll always remember 2016 as the year of Pokemon Go, the Cubs World Series, and the wackiest ever presidential election. But how did the Southern startup community fare in 2016? We've put together a quick recap of the highs and lows from the past year. 

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Anti-Dilution Provisions

Posted by Ashley Meeks on November 18, 2016

Previously we walked through dilution with a simple cap table. Simple in this case means that every round on the table is an up round, and it ignores ESOPs, discounts, warrants, valuations, and multiple terms that can be set in an investment.

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Demystifying Startup Finance Part IV: Understanding Dilution

Posted by Ashley Meeks on October 14, 2016

Let’s talk dilution – financial, not chemical. In finance, dilution is the decrease in percent equity held by investors’ shares by the addition of a new investment.

For each round of funding a startup takes on, the available number of shares increases. Therefore, while the number of shares held by a given person or party remains the same, the total number of shares outstanding increases, which shifts the percentage of equity held.

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Demystifying Startup Finance Part III: A Breakdown of Funding Options

Posted by Ashley Meeks on September 23, 2016

A big idea’s enough to start a business plan, but to actually build a company, you’re generally going to need some cold, hard capital. So here are the big questions for all founders without an existing war chest:

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Instagram for Startups: 5 Strategies to Build an Early Audience

Posted by Bianca Tubolino on September 22, 2016

Many entrepreneurs tend to shy away from using social media when they are first starting off.

I can understand why. There are so many different platforms and different strategies for each one. The good news is that you do not need to master all social media platforms in the beginning stages of your company. Find the platform that has your targeted audience and master that. Today, I am going to write about how I hacked Instagram and used it to prove my concept, get my first customers, and grow my business. 

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NostalgiaTech - How the 90's is Still Influencing Tech Today

Posted by Jillian Firnhaber on August 25, 2016

A little over a year ago we began work on a project called Echo.

Echo is the brainchild of Tim Kappel, a prominent New Orleans/Nashville entertainment attorney. Echo is a social app that allows you to create and share digital memories around music. It's also in open beta right now, if you'd like to help test it. 

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Demystifying Startup Finance Part II: KPIs and Benchmarking

Posted by Ashley Meeks on August 19, 2016

Welcome to Part II of our series on startup finance!

This week we'll be talking about a crucial skill for startup founders: understanding and identifying Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). KPIs are best thought of as a variety of metrics that indicate a company's progress. Utilizing them intelligently can make all the difference between crafting a data-driven, fundamentally sound growth strategy and shooting in the dark.

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Demystifying Startup Finance Part I: Glossary

Posted by Ashley Meeks on August 12, 2016

Welcome to the first post of LookFar’s brand new finance breakdown!

Over the next several weeks, I’ll be covering a range of startup topics with a particular focus on determining your fundraising needs and getting you in shape to negotiate your first round.

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