I was asked about this topic recently by an early stage CEO and I said the following things, which sounded pretty good so I will repeat it for others who may get value from it, or may want to add to it. In order to have great people join your early stage company in my … Continue reading Startup Notes: 4 Keys to Get the Best People on Your Bus
I have had the good fortune of being involved with business ventures as an advisor, early executive, co-founder and CEO. Through the years, I've seen a lot of internal and external forces at work that can disrupt your vision as your business grows and evolves. Externally, the market you originally went after might have got up and … Continue reading In Business, Sometimes You Need to Make the Hard Choices
I've been meeting a number of early stage ventures lately, and this topic sometimes gets missed. That's a mistake that can be fixed pretty quickly. For seed level companies in a growing market space, investors are betting primarily on talent and market expertise. Yet often this story isn't as tight as it needs to be … Continue reading Startup notes: Make sure your talent story is a real asset
Building companies over the long term is challenging but incredibly rewarding. There is truth to the statement I've heard many times "once you're an entrepreneur it's hard to do anything else." Early stage is driven by pure passion and wearing many hats and moving toward early goals at the pace of light. As you start to … Continue reading Startup notes: When does your spark need gasoline?