Entries by Peter

Brad Feld: The Startup Community Way and Complex Systems

Brad Feld and Ian Hathaway describe the startup community as a “complex system” in their new book, The Startup Community Way, By this they mean that it is inherently unpredictable and needs to be managed by more formulaic systems ranging from simple (like making coffee) to complicated (like having a financial audit for your company) to […]

How to Avoid Startup Due Diligence Groundhog Day

Pitching your startup to angel and VC investors can seem like groundhog day – doing the same thing over and over and over.  Let’s do the math. The average angel writes a $25,000 check. You have to pitch to at least ten or twenty investors before getting to a “yes”.  The average startup raise is […]

Impact Investing’s Secret Weapon – the Donor Advised Fund

Impact investing has always been focused on creating positive social and/or environmental outcomes.  At some points, Impact Investing has struggled to define itself as compared with philanthropy. Both require measurable positive outcomes, and some philanthropies accomplish outcomes that startups cannot while some startups accomplish outcomes that philanthropies cannot. How are we to choose? One way […]

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Impact Measurement from the Start

Measuring Impact has become a major challenge for impact investors.  The main reason is that for all their good intents, organizations that develop impact metrics ultimately end up trying to fit a square peg into a round hole.  Impact metrics systems struggle to compare apples and oranges in order to demonstrate that the social and […]

The New Aerospace Ecosystem

“New Space” is what we’re talking about.  It’s not your granddaddy’s aerospace that was government controlled, cost billions of dollars and was top secret national imperative sort of stuff.  Rockies Venture Club is pursuing its first Aerospace Investing program May 7th in hopes of raising our awareness of this booming “new” category of angel investing. […]