#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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#startuplife Don’t be Disappointed with your Startup Ecosystem. Change it!

Don’t be Disappointed with your Startup Ecosystem. Change it!

I had a great opportunity to speak at Startup Spokane last night. Thanks to Megan Hulsey @StartupSpokane and Brady Ryan @UWCoMotion Spokane’s office for the invitation. One of the things I’ve noticed and it hasn’t changed since I was traveling as SVP of Programs at UP Global (Startup Weekend + Startup America) there is a …

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#startuplife Seattle Startup Week – Pitch Clinic

Seattle Startup Week – Pitch Clinic

Seattle Startup Week is an annual event to help entrepreneurs navigate the Seattle Startup Ecosystem in five days. Finding resources, meeting people, visiting coworking space and meeting investors. Techstars purchased UP Global in 2015 and these programs that I helped launch globally became part of their community programs. These slides are from a Pitch Clinic …

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#startuplife Startup Team Formation: Mentors, Advisors and Early Team Members

Startup Team Formation: Mentors, Advisors and Early Team Members

How much equity should you give early team members and why? This list includes mentors, advisors, board members and potential co-founders in your startup? I’ve personally had challenges on this front and find it an area that benefits from experience (read as mistakes). I know I’ve both over-asked for equity in early days as well as …

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#startuplife My Favorite Tools and Plugins

My Favorite Tools and Plugins

I was having a conversation with a friend yesterday about what tools and tricks we collectively use to get sh*t done in our lives (thanks to @ShaunaSwerland for the inspiration). I lean toward tools for startups/research/task management. If I was a Developer it would include things like GitHub. So I thought I’d post a list and …

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