startups

26 articles tagged as startups

Mr. Google is your best friend if you are looking for examples of great investor presentation decks and for advice on how to make yours accomplish its mission. However, not all that advice is good, nor is there much consistency, and what you see …

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Everyone is familiar with the Gartner Magic Quadrant, iconic branding for that global research firm and a tool seen somewhere in nearly every pitch deck. Your goal is always to prove your venture belongs in the upper right section and that you can swat away …

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Like many experienced entrepreneurs, I spend a considerable amount of time advising startups and early stage companies. I prefer to catch them at inflection points where my time will be most valuable for them and most rewarding for me. Some examples are the critical early …

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This essay is written around the time of New Year’s Day, and much of the brainpower among entrepreneurs is naturally drawn toward planning the next twelve months. For companies that have begun to scale and have some ability to quantify progress, using Google’s OKR’s – …

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A current news report from Austin caught my attention for this essay. A two-year-old company founded by a serial entrepreneur and with only 21 employees was sold to a major financial institution. One should always launch a startup with the intention of running a …

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For those of you who have missed these essays for a few weeks, please know that family health issues have taken priority. All is well now. I have written often in this forum that time is the one thing no one can recover, and …

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The proverbial “chasm” in technology startups was first crossed in the 1991 book by Geoffrey A. Moore. Of late I have seen a number of proposed ventures where their very first step is a leap into an abyss. Concepts by intelligent and capable teams …

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This blog is devoted to startups, but sometimes the best decision one can make is NOT to attempt a startup. Allow me to list some of the necessary and sufficient conditions that make it possible for you as a founder to have a chance at …

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There have been millions of words written and probably millions of classes taught on how to pitch a startup idea. But, with each new batch of presentations I see, it is obvious that we have no universal standard of excellence. Every crop requires coaching, …

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The net takeaway of a recent seminar I attended was that if you are an angel investor in a company that doesn’t subsequently land a VC round, your chances of earning a return are mighty small. This was a very carefully examined topic with …

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