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Check VS Checkmate – defining resilience in the startup economy

Check VS Checkmate – defining resilience in the startup economy

Resilience involves navigating through challenges and setbacks. Oliver Libby. Managing Partner at H/L Ventures distinguishes between being in "check" and being in "checkmate" during trying times. Being in "check" implies facing a setback or a tough situation where reasonable moves are left to make. Conversely, being in "checkmate" means reaching a point where no more reasonable options are available.

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Convertible and SAFE Notes

Convertible and SAFE Notes

Startups and early-stage companies require specific funding tools and round structures. Convertible notes are funding rounds designed to determine what a company is worth in the future, allowing startups to raise capital without a fixed valuation. A true Convertible Note is debt and is a form of protection for investors with the feature to convert into shares in the company at a later stage.

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What is a Lead Investor?

What is a Lead Investor?

A lead investor is a venture capital firm that takes on a significant role in a funding round, often leading the investment and often take on key responsibilities including conducting underwriting, structuring deals, and championing the round. Lead Investing requires deep conviction and a commitment to your portfolio.

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H/L Ventures “For Starters”

H/L Ventures “For Starters”

As we welcome 2024, we're moving forward from a challenging 2023 and reintroducing our VC quick takes video series as "For Starters." Join H/L Ventures, Oliver Libby and guests as we dive into industry insights, advice, and the latest news. 

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2024 valuations and funding predictions

2024 valuations and funding predictions

Founders and funders are often not aligned calling this the Funder/ Founder mismatch. Oliver emphasizes the need to be transparent as founder-friendly investors and look at the equation of funding and valuations as runway funding towards a milestone allowing you to raise again or exit.

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Augmented Reality in city planning with inCitu

Augmented Reality in city planning with inCitu

Augmented Reality brings a more inclusive and innovative approach to city planning allowing residents to view development plans ahead of time. inCitu brings city simulations to life.

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Navigating rescue financing and bridging rounds

Navigating rescue financing and bridging rounds

In this challenging fundraising environment, founders must focus on communication, clear-eyed planning, structuring, and resilience to navigate these critical periods of rescue financing and bridge rounds.

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Navigating the challenging Market as a VC or a LP

Navigating the challenging Market as a VC or a LP

Dramatic changes in the funding environment with public markets declining, LPs over-allocated to venture and re-upping in their existing funds, funds themselves are more limited in capital and are focused on existing portfolios and less on new funding.

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NY Tech Week and the State of VC

NY Tech Week and the State of VC

A reflection on NY Tech Week and 2023 with insights for founders and vc colleagues including; Stay Focused in Times of Uncertainty, Defensive Posture for VC Portfolios, Valuation Expectations Need Adjustment, Structured Rounds with Purpose, Board Service Matters, Focus on What You Can Impact and Optimism in Adversity

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AI in Life Sciences with Sorcero

AI in Life Sciences with Sorcero

AI industry advancements from the life sciences view and how Sorcero is improving healthcare treatment by combining cutting-edge AI and public health learnings in a patient-centric way.

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New York Climate Week Reflection

New York Climate Week Reflection

Discussing the cross-sector real-world problem of climate change, emphasizing the vital role of New York City as a leader in solving the climate crisis.

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Climate Week

Climate Week

The role of innovation in Venture Capital for climate impact.

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Infrastructure and Tech

Infrastructure and Tech

Covering the relationship between financial support in infrastructure and innovation, pointing to recent legislation that empowers new technology for infrastructure renewal.

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VC Platform Function

VC Platform Function

Platform function and the importance of venture firms taking a hands-on role in helping their startups.

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How AI Will Impact the Life Science Industry

How AI Will Impact the Life Science Industry

Oliver Libby predicts a shift to tech-enabled healthcare workers and systems going forward with access to an enormous amount of information that requires data parsing to be useful for professionals.

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The Four C’s: The Path Forward for Venture Capital

The Four C’s: The Path Forward for Venture Capital

How VCs can ensure responsible behavior without excessive regulation through The Four C's "Conviction, Compliance, Confidence, and Consequences."

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The IPO Window

The IPO Window

Oliver Libby covers how initial public offerings will regain momentum in an uncertain economy and funding environment.

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A Venture Pathway During a Recession

A Venture Pathway During a Recession

Oliver Libby encouraged LPs and Founders to adjust expectations and accept that valuations have reset across the entire sector during a recession. Oliver emphasizes the importance of identifying a pathway to profitability as a startup to convince investors of potential returns

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How Underrepresented Minorities Are Impacted by Climate Change

How Underrepresented Minorities Are Impacted by Climate Change

To successfully combat climate change across geographic and demographic landscapes, solutions will need to come from groups of diverse founders and innovators from underrepresented communities where the ramifications of climate inequity are most felt.

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Sequoia Capital Split

Sequoia Capital Split

Sequoia Capital splitting into three Venture Capital firms and what this means for the VC industry

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Navigating Lower Valuations and Declining VC Investments

Navigating Lower Valuations and Declining VC Investments

Amidst lower valuations and declining VC investments, the VC industry experienced a unique trend where early-stage startups gained more investor momentum than mature ones. This shift is due to cost-effectiveness and longer-term potential for early companies, while late-stage startups face funding challenges due to low reserves and high valuations. Oliver Libby anticipated a return of liquidity in the VC market, advising founders to control costs, prioritize quality, demonstrate a path to profitability, align with a purpose, and leverage existing investors for support.

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Climate Scenarios as a Way to Help Investors Build Portfolio Resilience

Climate Scenarios as a Way to Help Investors Build Portfolio Resilience

A look at WEF's Climate Scenarios and portfolio resilience with Oliver advising founders to stay educated on climate investing and build their response and resilience plans with the environment at the forefront of strategy.

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Climate Companies and Tech Industry in Climate Change

Climate Companies and Tech Industry in Climate Change

How the tech industry can proactively help prevent the adverse impacts of climate change, and perhaps as important, the need for a bigger, cross-sector, population-and-worldwide approach.

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Spikes in Accelerator Investments

Spikes in Accelerator Investments

Spiking accelerator investments and what it means for VC firms and entrepreneurs. Oliver Libby emphasizes the importance of a hands-on approach with portfolio companies and startups. Founders are increasingly seeking the support of experienced professionals and are carefully considering the longevity and depth of the interaction from accelerators.

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Performance of Climate Companies in Today’s Market

Performance of Climate Companies in Today’s Market

While certain sectors, such as climate sustainability and future energy, have leveraged federal legislation to their advantage, the market dynamics have undergone a shift and it is important to continue to look at securing funding from strategic partners that understand the space.

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Introducing “For Starters”

Introducing “For Starters”

A series of quick takes on startups and investors, the VC market, industry news, and more from H/L's Managing Partner. The series starts by answering a burning question: How do startups compete in a market where AI changes everything?

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