1. Is Big Funding Necessary for Entrepreneurial Success?

    Madwire Co-Founders JB and Joe Kellogg. Their company has reached $100M in annual revenue with minimal outside investment. Crunchbase recently published a list of 50 Successful Companies With Minimal Funding. Among the better-known names on the list are You Tube, Trip Advisor, Tableau Software, and Kickstarter. One of Cypress' portfolio companies, Madwire, is also on the list. All of the selected …Read More

  2. The Value of Founders’ Equity

    At a recent lunch, one of our portfolio company CEOs shared an alarming example of what happens to entrepreneurs who don’t appropriately protect their founders’ equity. A friend of his had sold an ad tech company for more than $100M. Big success, right? Depending on whom you ask, three quarters of venture-backed companies fail to return investor capital, much less make their founders rich. One…Read More

  3. Royalty-Based Growth Capital: A New Way to Fund an Emerging Business

    Prior to Cypress Growth Capital, Ed Mello and I co-founded an advisory firm that helped emerging software and tech-enabled business services companies grow their top line revenue. After 25+ years in the IT consulting and software industry, it was work that we enjoyed. During that time we observed a consistent challenge facing our entrepreneurs: how to weigh various growth capital options against t…Read More