Start Business with your kids

The BETA blog is on hold until 2018! These posts are just for fun!


My wife supported our kids starting a Poshmark account and learning everything.  The even has a very small EBITDA already!  It took them 24 hours to launch and 48 hours to start making cash!  Here is the URL:

Sound great!  However, Ryan with “Ryan ToysReviews” started at 4 years old and is making $11 million gross on YouTube.  The are both a far cry from a lemonade stand, but let us be honest that moms do most the work to make a lemon stand.

More about Ryan ToysReviews URL:

Look at helping your kids start an online business today! Time for Santa to take some time off!


Happy Networking and Investing,

JD Morris


Weekend Fun – NYC Comic Con

DISCLAIMER: This is a beta blog just for fun!

New York Comic Con is alive and in New York City this weekend!  Here is a link with few great photos:


GOOD: Much easier to get tickets than San Diego!

BAD:  HBO’s Westworld cause panic attack for members of the media.  Sorry no “making the world a better place” with HBO hits like “Silicon Valley” or “Game of Thrones”.  NYC is a FOR PROFIT event dedicated to comicsgraphic novelsanimemangavideo gamestoysmovies, and television.  (links to Wiki)



UGLY: You missed it and it is really hard to get San Diego tickets (next year)!

BOTTOM LINE: Try to get into both as they are amazing!

San Diego vs. NYC:  I’ve done both (been to SDCC three times and I live in NYC so I go to NYCC every year) and I honestly prefer SDCC. There is just so much MORE. There are more panels, more vendors, more swag, more offsites, more exclusives. NYCC doesn’t have the kind of space that SDCC has for offsites, and that’s not even counting the fact that the San Diego Convention Center is about three times the size of the Javitz. NYCC sells more and more tickets every year but the Javitz doesn’t get bigger every year, and with less space for panels and not as many offsites, all those people have to go somewhere.



IN on Deck – Friends and Family

“Surround yourself with Friends and Family as they do not have problem telling you your idiot or not funny! Sometime the write checks for deals!”

Howard Schultz to buy Starbucks had ask few thousand friends, family, and customers.  Most seed money is from friends and family.  Few companies have been able to ask their customers such as Samual Adams for IPO and Stone for their new German Brewery.  Crowd funding by selling to customers is key on Kickstart.  However, friends and family should still fuel the start to your crowd funding to get things moving!  Also you do not need to make sure all your i’s are dotted and t’s crossed as your friends and family are investing in you!


I hope to raise a few million from friends and family for our new fund.  Friends and family are always good place to start!

I will also keep it short today =

Happy Holidays, Networking, and Investing,

JD Morris

JD Morris

Investor Network by JD

And now for the non-core stuff!




Big M&A Deals

DATA DUMP (again deals)

Every day early stage companies are raising money and I am happy to be board of advisors and board of directors of a few of them.  I am also happy to fast track a deal to Advent International, Blue Run Ventures, ………

• Advent International will acquire Brammer International, a British publicly-traded industrial parts distributor, for 221.5 million pounds ($274.8 million). The offer represents a premium of 69% to Brammer’s closing price Tuesday.

Shockwave Medical, a Freemont, Calif.-based startup focused on the treatment of calcified cardiovascular disease, has closed $45 million in Series C financing led by Sectoral Asset Management, with participation from T. Rowe Price Associates and existing investors Sofinnova Partners, Venrock, RA Capital, Deerfield, and Ally Bridge Group.

Zola, a New York-based wedding registry site co-founded by Kevin Ryan, has raised $25 million in Series C funding at a $200 million valuation led by Lightspeed, according to TechCrunch.

Knowlarity Communications, a New Delhi-based telephony company has raised Rs 133-crore ($20 million) in Series C funding led by Delta Partners Capital, alongside existing investors Mayfield Fund and Sequoia India.

8i, a Wellington, New Zealand-based virtual reality startup backed by Founders Fund, has raised $20 million in Series B preferred stock, according to an SEC filing.

Heal, a Santa Monica-based on-demand app for doctor house calls, has raised $14.8 million in new funding, according to an SEC filing.

Soul Machines, an Auckland, N.Z.-based developer of avatars, has raised $7.5 million in Series A funding led by Horizons Ventures with Iconiq Capital.

ItemMaster, a Chicago-based provider of “certified brand content,” has raised $7.5 million in Series A financing round from Edison Partners with participation from Chicago Ventures.

Instaclustr, a Canberra, Australia-based open source data platform, has raised $7 million in investment led by Bailador Technology Investmentswith participation from new investor Our Innovation Fund LP and existing investor ANU Connect Ventures.

Hornet, a San Francisco-based gay social network, has raised $8 million in funding led by Ventech China.

Maple Hill Creamery, a Stuyvesant, New York-based producer of organic dairy items, has taken an investment of undisclosed size from Sunrise Strategic Partners.

Hopper, a Cambridge, Mass.-based travel startup, has raised $3.5 million in new equity funding, according to an SEC filing.

Agricool, a France-based argiculture startup, has raised €4 million ($4.3 million) in funding from Daphni and angel investors.

Cashboard, A Berlin-based wealth management startup has raised €3 million ($3.1 million) in Series A funding led by Digital Space Ventures with participation from existing investors Redalpine Capital, Earlybird, and 500 Startups.

DISCLAIMER:  We us AP, Bloomberg, CB Insight, Forbes, Reuters, and many other third party resources to review deals.  Please check with companies website for best information.



IN on Deck – Social Media for Investor Network by JD

Posting in LinkedIn Group, or sharing photo or update, or writing an article (or other social media) is an action that might produce a result. Sometime I feel like it is jsut placing things on wall and other times I feel that it has “purpose and passion!” Here is our tag line: “Say Provocative statements that intelligent people argue about” fast without “dotting your i’s and crossing your t’s.” Here is where you can find us!

1. Facebook with 3.2+ subscribers (best URL)

2. My Linkedin Profile (best referrals to date)

3. Linkedin Sell Your Company with 9,527 members

4. LinkedIn Investor Network with 5,180 members

5. Investor Network Newsletter with 70K plus members


6. Accredited Investor Network with 12k plus accredited investor members


7. Tweeter  @INbyJD has 1,504 subscribers

8. Tweeter @investingbyJD has 1,329 subscribers

9. Instagram Growth Capital by JD has 239 followers (just launched)

10. Pintrest (just launched)

And of course our BETA blog! Beta blog with tag line “Say Provocative statements that intelligent people argue about” fast without “dotting your i’s and crossing your t’s.” URL as follows:

Above are the place where we will be posting and below are other social media links!

Happy Networking and Investing,

JD Morris

JD Morris

Join me on LinkedIn:

Investor Network by JD


More coming soon!

IN – Happy Holloween – random musing

Feeling like super man today but not wearing my underwear on the outside or wearing a cape (fear stepping on it) as little under the weather. I am posting things 1st one LinkedIN these days so look hear for some amazing announcements Tuesday!  No time to cross my t’s or dot my i’s, here we go!


  1. Wineyard deals are making comeback as my trip to Napa and other locations went well (still looking a craft beer as easy winner);
  2. Alwasys a few EBITDA deals, but never enough EBITDA (need NDA);
  3. Medical Devices are still core of good early stage growth companies (Passion and Purpose clear for these companies);
  4. Taking lot family time and talking to other families form family office meetings last week;
  5. Board of Advisors for Realstir (see linkedIn and more here Tuesday).

URL to Realstir news on LinkedIn:


Sadly today it me with the flue!


I feel like superman with all the amazing referrals and investors, but I keep getting hit with kryptonite! Who is your super hero and where do the fall on the map?



Think my superman and Kryptonite are strong fit as kids are knocking on doors (will only make it 3 doors down before need go sleep)!

3 Doors Down – Kryptonite