Founders vs. VCs

If you’re really ambitious in startups, there’s only ever been two paths: founder vs. VC. Founders go deep on one company. VCs get to build a broad portfolio. Startup studios are the best of both sides of the table: Founders should build a portfolio of companies themselves. “The power dynamic between venture capitalists and founders massivelyContinue reading “Founders vs. VCs”

The Founder Tree

Who is the greatest football coach of all time? Championships matter, of course. But when ESPN assembled an all-star panel to pick the 20 best NFL coaches in history, these experts focused on another key attribute when ranking these leaders — their coaching trees. It’s not enough to win now. You also have the responsibility to recruitContinue reading “The Founder Tree”

Entrepreneurship = Get Rich Slow

Ever seen this quote? “Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t, so that you can spend the rest of your life living like most people can’t.” Starstruck wantrepeneurs: Understand the real-world challenges that you’re going to face as a startup founder. It’s not just 100+ hour work weeks coding inContinue reading “Entrepreneurship = Get Rich Slow”

Don’t Just Lead By Example

“Lead by example.” This cliché, constantly provided to new entrepreneurs and first-time CEOs, is often terrible advice for the heads of large organizations (or founders of startups that aspire to be large). What entrepreneurs usually gather from this recommendation is that they simply need to work their asses off, and their team will follow them.Continue reading “Don’t Just Lead By Example”

7 Ways To Improve Your Demo Day Pitch

So, you’ve picked the best startup accelerator for you and survived the first months of the program. Now you feel your eyes wandering towards the finish line, and that big Demo Day presentation looming large. If you’re like me, public speaking is an unnatural experience. Add the fact that you need to summarize your entireContinue reading “7 Ways To Improve Your Demo Day Pitch”

Choosing The Right Startup Accelerator

This is a seemingly complex problem, but it all comes down to one simple question: Product? Don’t have the resources to build the product of your dreams? Incubators run by notable operators can help you with user testing, prototyping, manufacturing, pilot programs, etc. Consider Industry-Specific Programs: Rock Health, Lemnos Labs, Code for America Team? Need helpContinue reading “Choosing The Right Startup Accelerator”

Key Multipliers for Startup Growth

This essay was originally written for Under30CEO. On day one of your new business, you have a hundred job functions. Try to fit “CEO, President, CFO, Technical Director, Web Developer, Accountant, Sales Representative, Receptionist, Janitor” onto your business cards. To millions of experienced entrepreneurs, this feels like what a small business is always supposed toContinue reading “Key Multipliers for Startup Growth”