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Innovation of the Venture Studio Model

A venture studio is a model for entrepreneurship that combines company building with venture funding. Given the success of venture studios for startups and investors, the number of studios has grown to over 560 worldwide. What differentiates the venture studio model? And what is the next innovation of the venture studio model?

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Rethinking Startup Failure: An Alternative to Series B

2021 was a banner year for early-stage investments; venture funding doubled year over year to $200 billion across 8,000 startups. The uncertainty and disruption of a global pandemic did not compress valuations as initially expected, and the amount of funding per round means an average Series A company has now raised over $20 million. And yet, amidst this investment fervor, 50% of Series A companies will fail to raise a Series B round, taking them off the venture path.

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Meet the GP’s – Dan Frydenlund

Dan Frydenlund, Founder, Chairman, CEO & General Partner of Stage Fund, joins us for our third episode in our “Meet the GPs” series.

Dan speaks about
– developing the Stage Fund model
– building a female-led private equity fund and
– the evolution of Stage for their first and second fund

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How to Survive the Gap in Funding Rounds?

A 2019 report from the Bureau of Labor concludes that 21.5% of startups fail in the first year, 30% in the second year, 50% in the fifth year, and 70% in their 10th year. We talked with Brett Jurgens, CEO & co-founder of Notion, about his advice for other founders looking to make it to past Series A.

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How to Cut to Breakeven

As founders, we all want to grow to breakeven by achieving scale, but sometimes your only option is to cut your way to breakeven. Here is Krista Morgan’s practical guide for founders & CEOs to build and execute a successful breakeven plan.

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Meet the GP’s – Ingrid Alongi

We are back with the second of our three part series introducing the General Partners of Stage Fund. 

We sat down with Ingrid Alongi to learn
– her perspective on the “technical co-founder myth”
– guidance and advice for women in tech and
– the technical evaluation and diligence process for Stage Fund on acquiring B2B SaaS tech platforms

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2021 Year in Review

With 2021 coming to a close, we reflect on a year of building and for many, shifting from the disruption of 2020. We are excited to share our Year in Review as we look back on what the year offered for opportunity and growth. We head into 2022 with great momentum, an expanded Stage team, and an excellent outlook on Fund I performance.

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How to extend your runway. Indefinitely.

A friend (and founder) called and said he was in a tough spot. An investor had committed to a sizable round, signed subscription docs, and then…bailed. With 6-weeks of cash, my friend wanted to know his options. The company was close to breakeven, but he needed a short runway to get there.

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