Angel Investors:

Active Capital describes itself as “the premier Website for entrepreneurs seeking private investment and private investors seeking deals in a secure and protected environment consistent with all investment laws.”

Blogging:

Debbie Weil is a leading expert on the use of blogs by corporations.  Her blog, BlogWrite for CEOs provides great tips on appropriate blogging styles for corporate executives.  She is also quick to share the spotlight by recommending others, such as Mario Sundar who is the Community Evangelist at LinkedIn.

Investment Bank for Technologists:

If the goal is clarity of process, a lack of techno-speak and biz-speak babble, then Najdorf Capital seems like a good place to start.   I can’t endorse their services or their results, but check out their recommended reading list under “Research.” The reading list is mostly material written in the 80s and 90s, which is interesting for a firm founded by entrepreneurs that look to be half my age.  To quote Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr, “Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose,” commonly translated,  “The more things change, the more they remain the same.” Under the company’s “Profile” tab, you can find their favorite VC story, which is a healthy reminder to keep things in perspective.  It’s an old story, but a good one.

Legal:

Fenwick and West, LLP is a law-firm headquartered in Mountain View, California.  They provide free publications on intellectual property, startups and venture capitalmergers and acquisitions and much more.

Venture Capitalists:

At the time of this update, The Funded provided information on more than 3,500 venture capital (VC) firms.  The VCs are searchable by name, region, and typical funding level.  The site has public content and members-only content.  The public content provides a link to the website of the VC, the city of operation, the typical deal range, public member comments, and average member rankings of  the VCs on five performance attributes.  Slightly fewer than half of the VCs have been ranked, however.   The members-only content contains some of the more-critical and more partner-specific reviews.  You must apply to become a member, and VCs and agents of VCs are excluded.

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