startups

22 articles tagged as startups

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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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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