Why Techstars #GiveFirst Died – Mentors Be Aware
This week, Techstars announced its new strategy, including closing the City Programs in Seattle and Boulder (etc) and moving their headquarters from Colorado to NYC. The announcements were well covered here in GeekWire, and a TLDR response from Chris DeVore, the current Techstars’ CEO responded here that criticized the DeVore blog as a “hit piece,”Read More
Is It Time to Go Full Time in Your Startup? Come to the Trajectory Series – Starting Feb 2024!
Do you have a startup idea you’ve been waiting to launch? Stop waiting; get the idea validated before you leave your day job! The Trajectory Series is a five-month program where you will get the fundamentals of ideation to product/market fit. You’ll complete customer development interviews, understand how startups make $$, and build a pitchRead More
Demystifying the Feedback Conundrum: Why VCs Don’t Give Good Feedback
Feedback is a powerful tool in the startup world, and when properly utilized, it can profoundly impact the trajectory of a start-up. Despite this, many entrepreneurs share a common frustration: Venture Capitalists (VCs) seemingly provide subpar feedback. This perplexing scenario often leaves entrepreneurs scratching their heads, yearning for meaningful input to improve their chances ofRead More
Trajectory: Startup Named Hubspot’s Business Book of the Year!
Hubspot, the CRM company based in Boston that created the term “in-bound marketing” publishes some amazing resources for startup founders. You’ll find their guides on pricing, account-based sales and other topics helpful if you’re new to marketing for your startup. They also have great software at free and discounted prices (90% off for the firstRead More
What Do I Actually Do As My Startup Unravels? 6 Actions To Do Now!
Pulled Term Sheets, pending recession, a self-fulfilling prophecy, investors who aren’t coming through, or have you just plain waited too long to trim your expenses? It doesn’t matter which reason, what matters is – what are you going to do about it and where do you start when things start to unravel? 1. Stop wishing!Read More
Founder Institute Seminar – How Startups Make Money ($$) and Not Become a Statistic!
This presentation was an online Zoom event on June 14, 2022. Looking to buy Dave’s book, go to Amazon here.Read More
Congregate Accerator Program – Spring 2022
Congregate Accelerator Program is a startup accelerator focused on technology innovation to ensure the safe reopening and resiliency of tourism in the PNW after Covid-19. WTIA Partnership with Congregate Customer Development Seminar – May 11, 2022Read More
Volatile Market Notes – Startup Portfolio
I’ve never been good about posting a multipart tweet… When there are more comments on Twitter about layoffs and funding uncertainty than Series A (monster) rounds of funding, it’s time to pay attention. I sent this email to our portfolio companies as a three-minute read. Portfolio Company Notes – May 6, 2022 As we continueRead More