Launching Station Houston

Posted on | Blair Garrou | Texas
Station Houston
In November at the Rice Alliance IT and Web Venture Forum, Emily Keeton and I announced we were launching Station Houston, a new coworking organization that will bring together key players in Houston’s startup community to launch software startups.   Station Houston to open at SURGE Shack on March 1st…
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How to Get Into Seed Accelerators and Advice on Seed Stage Funding

Posted on | Aziz Gilani | Advice
SURGE Accelerator SURGE Day
Alex Theuma is Founder and Editor-in-Chief at SaaScribe. He interviewed Mercury Fund partner Aziz Gilani for a podcast that provides advice to SaaS company founders who may want to raise venture capital and/or join an accelerator. Kirk Coburn, Founder and Managing Director of energy-exclusive accelerator, SURGE Ventures, addresses the crowd …
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Security Pros Offer Opinions, Solutions for FBI vs. Apple

Posted on | Aziz Gilani | Uncategorized
AppleBuilding
This article was first published on eWeek by Chris Preimesberger. Chris Preimesberger interviewed several IT and data security experts to explore whether the government should be given access to encrypted data and what solutions are available to Apple and the FBI. The excerpt below is his conversation with Mercury Fund…
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How To Raise Venture Capital In A Down Market

Posted on | Blair Garrou | Advice, Midwest
Fundraising in Down Turn
How to Raise Venture Capital In A Down Market, by Tom Taulli, was originally published on Forbes.com. Mercury Fund Partner, Blair Garrou, shares what entrepreneurs can do to make their startup a more investable business as fundraising becomes more challenging. For entrepreneurs, it’s likely to get much tougher to raise …
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5 Tips for Entrepreneurs Meeting with Investors

Posted on | Blair Garrou | Advice
Image Source
Joshua Kraus’ article, 5 Tips for Entrepreneurs Meeting with Investors, was first published on SitePoint. Joshua Kraus asked several investors, including Blair Garrou, a Partner at Mercury Fund, for the most important things entrepreneurs can do to meet and secure investment for their startups. Shark Tank, Dragons’ Den, Lion’s Mouth: …
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How Ag-Tech Ripened Into a Growing Market

Posted on | Adrian Fortino | AgTech, Software
Ag-Tech Software
This article was first published by Margaret Littman in the December issue of Entrepreneur. In Margaret Littman’s article about agricultural technology and software (ag-tech), Mercury Fund Partner, Adrian Fortino, highlights some of the market forces that make this sector attractive to investors. Image Source: VLAB   With the rise of …
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Why We Invested in Benson Hill Biosystems

Posted on | Dan Watkins | Midwest, Science
Benson Hill Biosystems
Benson Hill Biosystems improves photosynthesis Mercury Fund recently invested in the $7.3 million Series A financing of Benson Hill Biosystems. The company is a St. Louis and Research Triangle Park-based agriculture biology startup. Using a unique computational biology platform (PSKbase) and novel experimental platforms for high efficiency translation into model …
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How Early Exit Disease Stunts The Growth Of Midwest Startup Communities

Posted on | Adrian Fortino | Midwest
Early Exit Disease in Midwest Startup Communities
This article was originally published on TechCrunch Adrian Fortino leads Mercury Fund’s Midwest office in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Based on his years of experience as a both entrepreneur and investor, Adrian shares his analysis of one of the factors that Mercury believes is holding back startup communities in the middle…
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