Category Archives: Start-up

The challenges of rapid growth

How vendors riding the latest wave often lose out to local competitors Congratulations! You’ve made the big time. You are riding this great new tech wave. The Board is happy with your rapid growth. Competitors are trailing in your wake. Is this your perfect scenario? Often, CEOs looking back at this period recognize that this…
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What did $B Companies Look Like at the Series A?

What did $B Companies Look Like at the Series A? There is a lot of coverage of the companies that have reached valuations of over a billion dollars. Many of these companies were not always fast growing businesses. At Shasta Ventures, we focus on investing at the early stage, so we studied 32 high value…
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How to Survive In a Market That You’re Inventing

How to Survive In a Market That You're Inventing The paradox of business is that competitors are a tremendous asset. An existing market validates the very principle that customers are ready to spend. And when you have a competitor, you have a built in audience to target with messaging about your superior value. But the…
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