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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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Stage wants to catch the Series B knife

Stage Fund is raising $50 million for its second fund to buy startups that are struggling to raise their Series B rounds.

About half of the companies that raise Series A never go on to raise another round, but between 20% and 30% are still good businesses, according to Stage’s Krista Morgan.

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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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What to do when you can’t repay your venture debt?

What happens if a startup is not able to pay back their venture debt? When a company is over leveraged and has little cash in hand, what are their options?

We tapped into Stage Fund GP, Krista Morgan’s, expertise to learn about what happens when a company is not able to pay back their venture debt, how founders can navigate the issue, and how Stage Fund steps in to help.

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Meet the GP’s – Krista Morgan

First of a three-part series introducing the General Partners of Stage Fund.

Listen in as we talk with Krista Morgan, past entrepreneur and one of Stage’s operators about:

– The history of Stage
– How the general partners met
– Krista’s background
– The unique model of Stage Fund.

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November 2021 Newsletter

Dan, Krista, and Ingrid got together in early 2020 to build upon what Dan started in 2009 and expand it into a fund model. With venture dollars increasing, many good companies are being orphaned by their equity and need an alternative path. Krista, having faced relatable obstacles in her founder path, recently published a blog on the experiences that led her to joining Stage as a General Partner.

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Stage Fund Acquires Worklete, an AI Based Data Platform for Injury Prevention

Worklete, founded in 2015, is a mobile device enabled solution that provides injury prevention training for frontline workers anytime, anywhere. The Worklete platform has proven to reduce preventable musculoskeletal (MSK) injuries up to 50% with less than five minutes per day utilization. The Company counts well-known Fortune 500 brands as clients.

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Stage Agrees to Acquire Needle, a Leader in Ecommerce Live Chat

Needle is a technology and service platform for e-commerce brands who utilize advocates for live chat and customer engagement. Founded in 2010, Needle has an impressive list of brands that use their service to provide a differentiated ecommerce chat experience including TaylorMade, Stuart Weitzman, Sonos, and Bare Necessities. 

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Coops & Feathers Add Amy Ranae Schwarz as VP of Sales and Marketing; Product Expansion Planned for 2022

Coops & Feathers is a U.S. based pet products company dedicated to improving the lives of animals and their pet parents. The Company offers unique chicken coops and functional accessories, as well as all-natural chicken treats, water additives and treatment sprays under its Healthy Hen product line. Coops & Feathers products can be found in big box retailers, eCommerce channels and major rural lifestyle retailers in North America.

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How a failure to raise turned me into a GP

We had what I thought was good traction, unique competitive positioning, tech to help us scale, and a strong team. With nearly two years of hindsight, I now know that it’s not that we weren’t good, it’s that we weren’t good enough to raise our Series B.

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Year in Review

As the door closes on a strange and unpredictable 2020 and the cramped hands of historians get a few moments rest – the world collectively breathes a sigh of relief and is cautiously hopeful. Now, in the quiet of the holiday season, which both eases the strain of the year and magnifies just how different our zoom-infused, socially distanced, sanitized world has become, we reflect.

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