startups

18 articles tagged as startups

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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I hope you missed me last week. I was at the GA Tech Foundation summer board meeting at the beach, enjoying friends, great news, and a wealth of interesting content, not to mention a bit of sunny recreation. I’ve been going to this gathering …

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That is the most dreaded question one can get from an investor immediately after you have made your pitch. I am in possession this week of a stack of pitches and executive summaries that leave that very question unanswered. If Jim Hackett, CEO of Ford …

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As my regular readers know, I am a student of military history for lessons on leadership and decision making. This week I read Steve Coll’s Directorate S, a lengthy book on the US involvement in the Afghan wars since 9/11. With multiple viewpoints in the …

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This spring has taken me from very large gatherings like those at SXSW to a variety of board meetings and seminars with a couple of dozen in attendance. At any scale, it’s important to get those right. As a startup founder, you can find …

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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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