Author: Joshua Lawton-Belous

Employees Working Remotely? Here’s 4 Steps to Protect Your Business From Cyber Threats
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Employees Working Remotely? Here’s 4 Steps to Protect Your Business From Cyber Threats

Cybercriminals always seize upon opportunities, especially as more employees are working remotely. While employees rely on their laptops, tablets, and smartphones to work from home, they are also susceptible to cybercriminals who exploit to gain access to your business website, network, and data. Because your employee isn't within easy reach of someone in information technology when working from home, help them protect themselves and your business from cyber threats. Prevent employees from going to a malicious site In 2019, 90% of all successful cyber attacks started with a phishing campaign. Cybercriminals will send an e-mail containing a malicious attachment or a hyperlink to a website that looks legitimate. Phishing emails try to trick the recipient into downloading the mal...
3 Ways to Kill a Startup
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3 Ways to Kill a Startup

Bringing something to life is hard. Ending it is easy. It's almost surprising how easy it can be to kill a startup. Each year, ambitious entrepreneurs start new businesses. Yet, small business statistics often show that half will go under by the end of their first four years in operation. In Newchip’s accelerator, I get to work with entrepreneurs in many verticals and with different business models. Some are cash flow positive. Some are funded. Some we have helped get funding. While the successful startups with whom we have worked have a multitude of reasons for being successful, all the failed startups committed the same mistakes. In the startup life, it doesn’t take a continuous calamity of errors to end your dream and business, it only takes you doing these three things. Yo...
Newchip Startup City Video Highlights San Antonio
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Newchip Startup City Video Highlights San Antonio

Spend some time in San Antonio and it’ll be impossible for you to miss the vibrancy and feeling of change that permeates all of downtown. From the rebuilding of the downtown to the people, San Antonio is optimistic about its future prospects. Nowhere is this feeling of exuberance more profound than in San Antonio’s startup community. The Austin-based accelerator program Newchip sent its video producer Armando Vera Carvajal to accompany me on our visit to San Antonio to interview investors for a Newchip series that we are calling “Investor Talks.” It soon became apparent that rather than only talking with investors, we wanted to take the pulse of San Antonio’s startup community. We wanted to know why entrepreneurs decided to build their businesses in San Antonio and get their take on ...
Why You Need to Manage Your Cap Table Plus Free Tools to Help
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Why You Need to Manage Your Cap Table Plus Free Tools to Help

Bookkeeping is tedious, confusing, and often the last thing on an entrepreneur's mind. Yet, understanding the basic elements of startup finance is critical. That comprehension starts with learning how to manage your startups’ cap table. Let’s talk about what a cap table is, how founders typically manage it, and three free online tools you can use to make managing your cap table easier. What Is a Cap Table? A capitalization or “cap” table is a spreadsheet showing the equity capitalization for a company. Most commonly used by startups and early-stage businesses, the cap table breaks down the distribution of a company’s shareholders’ equity. A basic capitalization table lists out each type of equity ownership capital, the individual investors, and the share prices. Your cap table shou...
The Seven Deadly Sins that Prevent Investors from Funding Your Startup
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The Seven Deadly Sins that Prevent Investors from Funding Your Startup

Guest writer Joshua Lawton-Belous is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor, and an adviser at Newchip. You can follow him on Twitter @alertingmainst and connect with him on LinkedIn. Going after venture capitalists to invest in your company is a lot like dating. Get enough rejections and you’ll start questioning, “what’s wrong with them?” Unfortunately, the question everyone should ask instead is, “What’s wrong with me?” There are times when investors just do not understand what you are trying to do. These types of investors are never going to get what you are trying to do. The dirty secret is most investors don’t care what you are trying to do. They care about making money, their portfolio returns, and how those returns are going to impact their ability to raise additional fu...