The Importance of Realism in Startups

Both Sides of the Table

I made many classic first-time mistakes which serves both as my warning signal of which teams to avoid funding (if I perceive they will make critical mistakes often led by hubris) and also as my source for coaching others. They are only one aspect of the startup experience.

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10 Examples of Companies With Fantastic Cultures

Tech Coast Venture Network

While the culture that works for one company might not work for another , you can learn a lot from companies who are doing it right, and get started on company culture hacks of your own. It starts with a cultural fit interview, which carries half the weight of whether the candidate is hired. That team means that a positive culture is on the forefront, setting up fun lunches, events and programs. These and many other perks are not unheard of in the startup world.

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10 Examples of Companies With Fantastic Cultures

Tech Coast Venture Network

While the culture that works for one company might not work for another , you can learn a lot from companies who are doing it right, and get started on company culture hacks of your own. It starts with a cultural fit interview, which carries half the weight of whether the candidate is hired. That team means that a positive culture is on the forefront, setting up fun lunches, events and programs. These and many other perks are not unheard of in the startup world.

Be Careful About Being a Meddling Startup CEO

Both Sides of the Table

Fred Wilson also wrote on a similar topic in his usual more succinct manner , with a great quote being: “One thing I know for sure is that those who advise and invest in startups cannot and should not meddle in the day to day decision making. It’s harmful and hurtful to the startup and those that lead it. In practice it can be a fine line between sparring partner / coach and stepping over the line to brute-force persuasion. Startup Lessons

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Five Startup Tips From Bill Gates

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Like Steve Jobs, Michael Dell and Larry Ellison, he is one of the few startup Founders who remained at the helm of their respective companies throughout their entire maturation process. free weekly Infochachkie articles! Great Startup Ideas Come From Everywhere. "At

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Don’t Let Your Startup O.D. On Cash

InfoChachkie

A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. Raising too much cash, too early, can kill your startup. Startups should only spend their money on initiatives that deliver a discernible, measurable return on investment. Cash is the fuel in your startup’s tank.

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The Importance of Proprietary Deal Flow in Early-Stage VC

Both Sides of the Table

Before I tell you the reasons I’m concerned about investment banking intros, I should start by saying I think bankers are enormously helpful for entrepreneurs in raising money. start-ups are overvalued. And I’m seeing this even at some really well run startups.

Recruit Cal Ripken, Not Reggie Jackson, To Your Startup

InfoChachkie

If you haven’t already subscribed yet, subscribe now for free weekly Infochachkie articles! Managerial Oversight And Performance Matter At A Startup. If they do not adequately improve over time, consider counseling them out of your startup.

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5 Rewards Of Independence That Excite Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

For all entrepreneurs, starting a business is the route to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” no matter how risky. According to a classic article and poll by Startups.co.uk , having the independence to make your own decisions is considered the key benefit of being an entrepreneur.

How To Maximize Your Value At A Startup: Your Greatest Ability Is Often Your Availability

InfoChachkie

His willingness to add value wherever his coach needed him most, not only helped his teams win three consecutive World Championships, but it also allowed Bert to extend his career by making himself Indispensible. free weekly Infochachkie articles!

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What to Make of Amazon’s Work Practices?

Both Sides of the Table

There is much discussion about this weekend’s article in the NY Times regarding Amazon’s work practices. For anybody who has never worked in a hard-charging environment I can see how this article portrays a unidimensional view of Amazon but it isn’t one I believe tells the complete story. The basic premise of the article is that Amazon breeds a culture where it’s work hard, sacrifice personal life, succeed and climb ahead or be tossed aside.

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Every Dollar Spent At A Startup Should Yield A Return

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If you haven’t already subscribed yet, subscribe now for free weekly Infochachkie articles! Cash is the fuel in your startup’s gas tank. If there happens to be a gas station along the way where you can fill up for a reasonable price, great.

Meet the Xconomy Awards San Diego Digital Trailblazer Finalists

Xconomy

This is part of a series of articles about the finalists for the Xconomy Awards San Diego. San Diego’s prowess in computer science, medical devices, and life sciences makes it a natural hub of innovative digital health companies.

From Call Center Agent To C-Suite Executive: How This Amazing Woman Did It

InfoChachkie

A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. Her positive attitude and willingness to take chances rapidly propelled her to the coveted and influential position of Coach. When we passed her in the hall, her face lit up and she gave us a joyous greeting.

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6 Key Marketing Do’s and Don’ts For Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

You can have the best technology, but if customers don’t know you exist, or they don’t know how your technology solves a real problem for them, your startup will fail. I found some help from marketing coach David Newman’s new book “ Do It! Start networking smarter and smaller.

Many Startups Stumble on International Cultures

Startup Professionals Musings

The international opportunity is large, as I related in an earlier article , but there are some major challenges as well. Our own subsidiary, of a major technology company, started to repair and service competitive products in order to maintain our own technical staff and service capabilities.

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6 Keys To Marketing That Many Entrepreneurs Overlook

Startup Professionals Musings

You can have the best technology, but if customers don’t know you exist, or they don’t know how your technology solves a real problem for them, your startup will fail. I like the guidance from marketing coach David Newman’s classic book “ Do It! Start networking smarter and smaller.

Practice Entrepreneurship With A Purpose – Before You Start A Company

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A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. However, you do not need to start a business to begin exercising your entrepreneurial muscles. If you haven't already subscribed yet, subscribe now for free weekly JohnGreathouse.com articles! Advise A Startup. “By

You Are Never Too Old To Learn To Surf (aka: Don’t Be Afraid To Suck)

InfoChachkie

A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. If you haven''t already subscribed yet, subscribe now for free weekly JohnGreathouse.com articles! I travelled up the Killer Curve by incrementally celebrating extremely small successes. You''ll be on your way up!

5 Keys To Business Culture That Are Counter-Intuitive

Startup Professionals Musings

In the popular press, it’s easy to find articles that will convince you that companies with a good culture, such as Google, do it by lavishing perks and benefits , including some combination of free meals, trips and parties, financial bonuses, gyms, and a dog-friendly environment.

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Unlike You, Mark Zuckerberg And Bill Gates Can Go Both Ways

InfoChachkie

Article first published as Unlike You, Mark Zuckerberg And Bill Gates Can Go Both Ways on Technorati. Just as Karch is a rarity, so are entrepreneurs who are equally facile at startups and Big Dumb Companies (BDCs). free weekly Infochachkie articles!

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Entrepreneurshit. The Blog Post on What It’s Really Like.

Both Sides of the Table

But for some strange reason they make you file your progress on fund raising, which is the widely picked up by the press. And why I woke up at 4.50am. As a startup founder you rarely have much money in your bank accounts. But you realize that you can be more helpful as a coach.

Insights and Opinions: The Odd Couple: Angels and Accelerators

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Southern California has the one of the largest gathering of organized angel investment groups, and a huge crop of startup accelerators: there's only one problem, which is they don't naturally work together. The entrepreneurs in startups are trained to go fast and run lean.

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Nine Keys To A Winning Startup Channel Strategy

Startup Professionals Musings

The simplest way to start is to identify channel partners (also known as distributors) to handle your business in specific and well-defined geographic regions. You may want to give a channel partners a head start of a certain time period.

George Powell – Doing Well By Having Fun

InfoChachkie

A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes. If you haven''t already subscribed yet, subscribe now for free weekly JohnGreathouse.com articles! In 1978, George teamed up with 20-year old Stacy Peralta, a world champion skateboarder.

Entrepreneurs Need To Bridge The Knowing-Doing Gap

Startup Professionals Musings

These days, with the many Internet articles and new courses available, most new entrepreneurs readily cross the gap from lack of business knowledge to knowing, but many never make it over the knowing versus doing gap. by Erica Peitler, a well-known leadership performance coach.

Increased Potential for Women Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

Women entrepreneurs are starting small businesses at approximately twice the national average for all startups. As a result, there have also been many new resources popping up specifically aimed at women. These can also provide coaching, marketing, and other important resources.

Steve Blank Discusses: The Ideal Venture Capitalist

InfoChachkie

free weekly Infochachkie articles! During the fall of 2011, Steve wrote a controversial post entitled, Why VCs Should Be Startup CEOs. Board skills (Startup coaching, mentoring, strategy, operational/growth). Steve’s article struck a particular chord with me.

Angel Investing – The Most Underrated Skill: Access to Buyers

Both Sides of the Table

article in a series on what it takes to be a great angel investor (and why this should matter to entrepreneurs). I guess what I’m saying is that startup investing (whatever the stage) is not a stock picking job. Tags: Startup Advice Tech Market Analysis VC Industry

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This Entrepreneur Fought America’s Toughest VCs… And Won

InfoChachkie

A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. Adeo Co-Founded the entrepreneur-friendly website The Funded and he is the Founder and CEO of The Founder Institute , whose goal is to create and foster local startup ecosystems across the globe.

Developing Leadership Skills: What You Need to Know

Startup Professionals Musings

These days, with the many Internet articles and new courses available, most new professionals readily cross the gap from lack of business knowledge to knowing, but many never make it over the knowing versus doing gap. by Erica Peitler, a well-known leadership performance coach.

Improving Sales: The Excuse Departement is Closed

Both Sides of the Table

This article originally appeared on TechCrunch. Most technology startups seem to be funded by product people or business people. My first startup was no different. So I did want any rational person who wants to improve does – I hired a coach.

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How to Develop Your Fund Raising Strategy

Both Sides of the Table

Start by trying to narrowing the list of total prospective VCs. As I like to say, in the era of social networks and transparency if you can’t figure out how to get introduced to a VC then hang up your cleats now. Maybe up to 6 hours. They all start to sound the same.

Commission Junction Co-Founder Lex Sisney Applies A Scientific Approach To Analyzing Your Business

InfoChachkie

This article originally appeared on Forbes HERE. As part of UC Santa Barbara’s Distinguished Lecture Series, serial entrepreneur, CEO Coach and Author Lex Sisney shared a preview of his newly released book, Organizational Physics: The Science of Growing a Business.

6 Marketing 101 Tips For Technology Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

You can have the best technology, but if customers don’t know you exist, or they don’t know how your technology solves a real problem for them, your startup will fail. I like the guidance from marketing coach David Newman’s recent book “ Do It! Start networking smarter and smaller.

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7 Guidelines For Entrepreneurs To Do The Right Thing

Startup Professionals Musings

Another article indicates that 80 percent of customers continue to base some portion of their buying decisions on their perceptions of the company’s ethics. This starts with hiring the right people, and giving them the training and support they need on a regular basis.

Get Free Drinks, Upgrades And Smiles When You Travel

InfoChachkie

A version of this article previously appeared Forbes. If you haven't already subscribed yet, subscribe now for free weekly JohnGreathouse.com articles! As soon as we were airborne, I asked Kelly if he could hook me up with a Mai Tai. Always start with a friendly, sincere smile.

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Interview: Seth Epstein of SocialStay

InfoChachkie

Seth attended UCSB but dropped out to start a denim company. . Value Prop Twitter Style : SocialStay is: "An easy to set up & manage mobile platform designed for the hospitality industry. free weekly Infochachkie articles! They are starting to see the light.

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Do VC Platforms Make Sense?

Both Sides of the Table

Nearly every startup I have spoken to over the years – including some where I’m a co-investor – talks positively about the support they’ve gotten from A16Z. They offer leadership conferences, regular content articles on leadership, board pack templates and the like.

Entrepreneurs Celebrate Their Independence Every Day

Startup Professionals Musings

For all entrepreneurs, starting a business is the route to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” no matter how risky. According to an old article and poll by Startups.co.uk , having the independence to make your own decisions is considered the key benefit of being an entrepreneur.

Why You Should Start a Company in. Los Angeles

SoCal Delicious

RSS ); Why You Should Start a Company in. Los Angeles By: Laura Rich February 26, 2010 It used to be, if you were serious about starting a tech company, you went to Silicon Valley. But emerging entrepreneurial hubs around the country are giving startup aspirants options.

10 Reasons To Start A Company In An Economic Downturn

InfoChachkie

There has recently been a common theme among the entrepreneurs I have interviewed and the conferences I have attended: despite the relatively weak state of the world economy, now is a great time to create a high-tech startup. If there was ever a time to start a company, this is it.”.

6 Pragmatic Marketing Tips To Ramp-Up Your Business

Startup Professionals Musings

You can have the best technology, but if customers don’t know you exist, or they don’t know how your technology solves a real problem for them, your startup will fail. I like the guidance from marketing coach David Newman’s classic book “ Do It! Start networking smarter and smaller.

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