#startuplife Trajectory: Startup—Ideation to Product/Market Fit book launches 4/13

Trajectory: Startup—Ideation to Product/Market Fit book launches 4/13

My new book launches today, 4/13/2021. It’s been quite a journey. Five of my own startups, some success and failures. Working across different programs including Founder Institute, Techstars, and 500 Startups. A season as the SVP of Programs with UP Global (Startup Weekend + Startup America) that included 1200+ events in 120 countries with 74,000 …

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#startuplife Startup Board Compensation (What Should you pay? Equity or Cash?)

Startup Board Compensation (What Should you pay? Equity or Cash?)

How much should you pay a startup Board Member? Who can you get as an independent startup Board member for the amount you have to pay and the stage of the company? When do you need an independent board member for your startup and what’s the difference between an Advisory Board Member and a real …

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#startuplife Crisis Framework – Applied

Crisis Framework – Applied

I attended a Board Meeting last week for Guidant Financial, a company I’ve been working with for 14+ years. As one would expect, we reviewed the company’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and its interim plan. This was not Guidant’s first crisis.  The company successfully (although not perfectly) navigated the collapse of the US economy …

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#startuplife Product Market Fit and your Exit

Product Market Fit and your Exit

How you value your company will be greatly impacted by your current momentum – especially in sales and revenue growth. Is product-market fit a mystical thing? Not really, though it can be defined that way at times (mostly as something you don’t yet have). For some B2C companies, it’s a radical point of customer adoption. …

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#startuplife Prepping for Exit

Prepping for Exit

Is it time to sell your company? Preparing to exit your startup can be an emotional process, filled with ups and downs – and that’s even before you hire a banker! This post has been promoted to a page That’s why I’ve joined my former teammate at Techstars, Jessica Ford, the Director and publisher of …

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#startuplife Every Pitch that Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger

Every Pitch that Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger

I was at an “Allocators Conference” this week in Miami for a project. The idea of an allocator conference was new to me. It’s speed dating for investors to meet investment funds. The “allocators” are from family offices, pensions, and large investor to find new investment options. It’s not startups pitching their companies.  See the …

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#startuplife Deciding to Pivot your Startup

Deciding to Pivot your Startup

This was originally posted on WXR Fund Blog, cross-posted with permission. Recently, the WXR team hosted a virtual seminar for our current cohort of founders. The seminar featured three seasoned entrepreneurs who discussed the ins and outs of pivoting a business. Here are some highlights of the invaluable insight they shared. Deciding to Pivot All …

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#startuplife Review of 2017 and 2018 Goals

Review of 2017 and 2018 Goals

I’ve never been great about New Year’s Resolutions – but I’m a fan of goals. Goals can be a challenge because we set unrealistic goals at this time of year and miss them early. So while we feel defeated, we end up giving up on the bigger picture, the reason for the goal in the …

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