Startup Hero – Colette Courtion of Joylux

Colette Courtion founded Joylux (www.joylux.com) in 2016 after she became a mother and experienced both the joys of motherhood and the consequence of incontinence that results from childbearing. She had previously founded a skincare company and decided to apply some of the technologies that help skin look younger to a more intimate health problem—sexual health—that not only is …
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Leadership for the Pandemic and the New Normal

The COVID-19 Pandemic has caused every startup to assess how to survive and plan to thrive in the “new normal.” No one knows what the new normal will look like, but based on other jolts to our economic system, we do know that life after this pandemic will be different than life before – at least for a while.  Just …
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How Startups Survive the COVID-19 Economic Crisis

Iceland Sunrise and Sunset

Author: Dan Rosen

To: All angel investors and their portfolio CEOs

Being trained as a scientist, and having lived through several investment cycles, I’ve been asked to share my perspective on the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on startups.

I firmly believe that the human and societal impact of COVID-19 will be extreme, …
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Jet.com – Not ready for Prime time

I really wanted Jet.Com to work. When they announced the service as an alternative to Amazon, I thought that a new kind of competition would be good for the industry. Unfortunately, my experience shows that great ideas and intentions that are not ready for prime time = just a terrible customer experience that appears doomed.

Jet.com offers a membership service …
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Trophy Hunting – I just don’t understand

Like many animal lovers, my first reaction was outrage at the senseless death of Cecil the lion by Walter Palmer. I let my first draft post that reflected my outrage subside into thought – I just couldn’t understand why a successful American dentist would feel the need to take the life of a beautiful African creature. Then I learned that …
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Note to the SEC on Accredited Investor Definition

8 June 2014

 

The Honorable Mary Jo White, Chairman

US Securities and Exchange Commission

100 F St. NE

Washington, DC  20549

 

RE:  Accredited Investor Definition

 

Dear Chairman White:

 

As a board member of the Angel Capital Association (ACA) and the Chair of the Seattle Alliance of Angels, I urge the Commission to protect angel funding to ensure …
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Comment to the SEC

November 4, 2013

Elizabeth Murphy, Secretary

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

100 F Street NE

Washington, DC 20549

 

Re: File No. S7‐06‐13, Amendments to Regulation D, Form D and Rule 156

Dear Ms. Murphy:

Thank you for the opportunity to provide comments to the Commission on your proposed amendments to Regulation D and Form D.  Many others have provided …
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Why is the ACA making a big deal about the SEC proposed ruling?

I am being asked, why is the SEC proposed ruling such a big issue?

Unless you read the entire ruling and get to talk either directly or indirectly to SEC staff, it doesn’t seem like a big issue.

Simply put, the proposed SEC ruling is (a) trying to fix a problem that doesn’t exist; (b) will increase risk in our …
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Too Much Complexity, so Tell the SEC

As a rule I live by, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” The new SEC rules violate that basic principle (see: http://www.startuplawblog.com/ or my previous posts). There is virtually no fraud in the Angel Investing asset class, but the SEC has decided to impose (without a Congressional mandate) stringent new rules that will cripple angel investing.

Let me use …
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