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How to Tell if You’re Talking to a Pretend-Preneur
The startup world is open to anybody and it seems like everybody comes through it at some time or another. I receive calls daily from entrepreneurs who are seeking to start a business, raise funding, or hire a team member. I can always tell who is the serious entrepreneur and…
Venture Capitalists Engage in Brand Marketing
In the past venture capitalists stood in the shadows of their successful portfolio companies hinting about their contribution using veiled wording in Twitter posts. Today we see VCs stepping up to take more credit for their contribution. There are numerous examples of VCs using successful exits as validation for their…
Everyone Talks a Big Game
I love startup stories. In the startup world everyone has a grand idea and big plans to make it happen.  It's the venture world so you better have an idea that can be big. The talk around the idea is large and full of hyperbole. The future is going to…
Everyone is a VC
When I look through my LinkedIn network these days it appears every fifth contact is a venture capitalist of one kind or another. When I started in the early stage funding world 20 years ago, the VC was a rare breed who had access to venture funding. Most of them were…
Key Pointers for Startups Raising Funding
Here are some pointers for startups raising funding Launching a startup and growing a business is hard.  It's supposed to be hard.  You need a complete team to start a business – someone building it and someone selling it.  No fair, everyone on the team is building it and no…
Three Key Pointers for Investors Funding Startups
Here are three key pointers for investors who are funding startups. The team is the most important part of a startup. Diligence should focus first on the team, not the product, space, or anything else. Monitor the startup for three months before investing to gauge momentum and traction.  You need…
Designing for Virality not Revenue
Design for virality not revenue I heard a startup CEO once comment, 'I wish I had designed for virality and not revenue.' Virality is a key competitive advantage. The more your users share your information with others the more traffic and sales opportunities you will receive. Most companies set up…
10X Rule for Startups
10X rule your Startup Today, we'll talk about the 10X rule for Startups. For startups to displace an incumbent, the offer needs to be 10X better than the current alternatives. So often, startups go to market promising their customer an ROI of 10, 20, or 30% better. Unfortunately, that's not…
How to Achieve an Exit
If they don't define the exit, then you define the exit. Today, we'll talk about how to achieve an exit in a startup investment. It's easy to get into a startup investment, but difficult to get out- especially with a positive return. Most startup exits come when they sell the…
Should You Invest in a Startup Fund
Should You Invest in a Startup Fund Choose broad or narrow investing to meet your goals Today, we'll talk about investing in a fund and choosing between a narrow or broad investment thesis. When does a fund make more sense than direct investments? A fund works best when you are…