startups

10 articles tagged as startups

Who are your mentors? Whether or not you have formally designated mentors or advisors, as an alert entrepreneur you are probably bold about asking for guidance whenever a trusted party is available to you. Just like it’s nearly impossible to diagnose a flaw in your …

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Having now observed or read over 150 pitches in the last 3 weeks and having been on the road a bit, I’m focusing on the overworked term of “use cases.” There’s a lot of de-risking left to be done in ideas that depend on …

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Google defines “anxiety” as a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome. It can be a serious disorder, but anyone bold enough to be a startup founder likely confronts more than his or her …

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This week took me to the Rise of the Rest conference in Washington, DC. ROTR is Steve Case’s bold effort to address startup formation outside the three metropolitan regions that garner 75% of venture capital – San Francisco, Boston and New York City. The …

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To you as a founder, details are important. When you are generating revenue and incurring payroll and other expenses, making sure the books stay in balance seems like an obvious task. But, I continue to be amazed at the amount of “found money” to …

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Woody Allen is most commonly credited with the saying: “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” I might add “on time” to that. I am happy to be maintaining a tightly packed schedule these days. I do try to work in some mentoring on …

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The annual Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK (book now for July 12-15, 2018) is a model for a startup event I’d like to host. It brings together all manner of motorsports enthusiasts who are trying to get to the finish line in …

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This the 21st installment of Startup Decision Making will conclude my writing until after the Holidays. I must take a moment to acknowledge the many kind greetings upon my return to Atlanta and the many well wishes as I departed Austin. Both cities are …

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Are we teaching founders more than they need to know? Having over the last several years been involved in teaching undergraduate entrepreneurship, mentoring or judging countless business concepts for various competitions, and also deeply immersed in longer-term advisory roles, I have come to reflect …

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Several conversations over the last month have turned to the topic of helping entrepreneurs. Having recently addressed founders in my chapter “Be Coachable,” allow me please in this essay to address this matter to you providers of help. As you probably know, I prefer …

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