5 Ways Writing a Book Will Kick-Start Business Growth

Startup Professionals Musings

In addition, the discipline of producing it, like writing a business plan, will help you immensely in understanding the key elements that drive you and your business. business Jan Yager self-publishing writing a book

How To Mentor Millennials Into Business Leadership

Startup Professionals Musings

Millennials have come a long way in business since I started writing about them almost ten years ago. What they need now is some coaching from more experienced business leaders, to catch up and overcome some unique qualms and challenges.

Fractional CTO


For existing team members, I enjoy rolling up my sleeves and spending time coaching and developing. From there, I will write up the initial and on-going process and work effort, will size it, and then will provide an estimate.

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Which Circle Do You Want To Be In…The Blue One (NHL) or the Red One (TED)?

Eric Greenspan

Mine is writing this blog post, indirectly. They are coaching our kids in their spare time, or full time, and IMHO, they are standing in the blue circle, maybe a slightly different one, but it’s still in the middle of what matters. Added after posting… My son Jacob just called me while I was writing this post. The NHL centre ice circle is blue. The TED carpet that speakers stand on is a red circle. Both are highly desired places to stand, speak or skate.

Where is the best source of early stage investment?


I was so enthusiastic that I coached the entrepreneur to approach his mother, who invested $50,000 under the same terms as my investment.

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How I Got the Monkey Off My Back – Today Was a Good Day

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As a result I didn’t write my first venture capital check until March 2009 – exactly 5 years ago. I divided success into the phases of venture capital and 18 months into writing my first check here was my view (details on each in the link above).

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Why You’re Not Getting the Most out of Your Board

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Every time I think to write a post about this I figure the most recent board meeting I’ve attended will think it’s about them so I don’t bother. So I’m going to write a series of board meetings posts unrelated to anybody or maybe an amalgamation of them all.

What I’ve Learned from Fred Wilson

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So part of playing an effective coach is helping the team to see the answer for themselves. In stead of just writing operating and funding advice Fred also talks about industries. I remember writing about online video nearly 5 years ago.

What I Would Look for When Choosing a VC – Knowing What I Know Now?

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So I thought I’d write about out with what I would look for in a VC knowing what I know now and why. VCs should be more of a coach than proscriptively telling you what to do. I think of VCs as coaches. Picking a VC is hard.

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Equity financing: great for rapid growth startups


This class of investor typically writes checks from $50,000 to $250,000. VCs often invest no less than $2 million in a single deal, finding it difficult to put less money to work and still spend time on boards and coaching entrepreneurs to a successful liquidity event.

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The Loneliness of Success that Nobody Talks About

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I’ve tried over the years to write many times about the realism of the downsides of being an entrepreneur because there is a complete cognitive dissidence between what you read about yourself in the press and what you feel internally about where you’re at in the journey.

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7 Tips For Aspiring Entrepreneurs Who Stay In School

Startup Professionals Musings

In my view, the most effective entrepreneurs are those with a background of an array of real-life experiences, both positive and negative, as well as good academic and coaching activities. Don’t forget business writing and communication.

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Why you should never have a data room — the most counter-intuitive fund-raising advice you’ll ever…

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I hired a sales coach named Kai Krickle who helped me figure out how to close more deals. He told me to stop responded to RFPs where I wasn’t the person who helped write the specs for the RFPs. Why you should never have a data room?—?the

Why I’m Turning Over a New Leaf & Refocusing My Energy

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he coached me and my 3 siblings in basketball and soccer and more. Over the past few weeks I didn’t feel like I could seriously write about these topics while so many people were anxious and afterwards when so many people were either grieving or angry.

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Some Thoughts on Leadership Going into 2016

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I’ve spent hours this week reading about the firing of the head coach and personnel manager of the football team I support – The Philadelphia Eagles. His name was Chip Kelly and he came off of a very successful stint as the coach of the collegiate Oregon Ducks. ” They prefer to sit in front of a computer doing spreadsheets or coding or writing emails and working on marketing materials than they do investing time in human relationships. I like writing.

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How To Optimize Entrepreneurial Learning In School

Startup Professionals Musings

In my view, the most effective entrepreneurs are those with a background of an array of real-life experiences, both positive and negative, as well as good academic and coaching activities. Don’t forget business writing and communication.

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7 Strategies For Brand Leadership Through Influencers

Startup Professionals Musings

Based on my own experience in business over the years, and current coaching efforts, I recommend a focus on the following strategies and attributes: Make your customer the center of everything you do.

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Some Reflections on VC Investment Decisions

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I know I can’t be in every deal and I know that the easy part of being a VC is writing the first check in a deal. You have to figure out when to be the up-beat coach, “It will all get better, stay confident, keep the course” or the honest voice in one’s ear, “Listen mate, you’ve been protecting your head of product for far too long. If an accelerator is writing you they’re also writing 25 other VCs.

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

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I plan to write about it early next year when we’re all through. But you realize that you can be more helpful as a coach. And yes, I sleep better at night as a coach. It’s 4.50am. Sunday morning. And I couldn’t sleep.

Five Startup Tips From Bill Gates


"The best way to prepare [to be a programmer] is to write programs, and to study great programs that other people have written. This frugality was evidenced by the fact that everyone at Microsoft, even Gates, flew coach until well into the late 1990s.

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8 Tips To Get the Most Out of Your Investors and Board

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He did it yesterday, “Mark, I’m going to write a blog post following on from your VC’s aren’t dumb. He is very pleasant when he calls and writes. When we recommended that Rob get a CEO coach he not only embraced it but craved it and thanked us for suggesting it.

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Stage 32: An Education Hub For Entertainment Industry Creatives


Jon Sperry – a highly respected dialect coach who has worked with Harvey Keitel, Sofia Vergara, and Russell Crowe – taught a Stage 32 class that was attended by members from over 40 different countries. In 2000 he launched a men’s lifestyle magazine called RAZOR and served as the publication’s Editor in Chief and CEO for the next six years, pursuing acting and writing projects on the side.

Want to know why charging $12 / year converts higher than $9.99?

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But it’s PacMan.&# I forgot to get him on record on the show, but Gregg writes all the lyrics for the big presidential videos they’ve done – you can see where the humor of JibJab comes from. Any takers in a trade for helping do some write-ups against whatever you want?

Why Your Startup Doesn’t Need a COO

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So I know I’m getting myself into a bit of trouble by writing this. If they’re not running their business then perhaps the wrong person was picked as CEO or perhaps they need more mentorship / coaching to better allocate their time.

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This is How Startups “Level Up” After Raising Money

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If you’re an early investor like I am that often means writing the first $2-3 million check into a business that previously had either survived on fumes or on a $500,000 angel round. You’re the coach, mentor, cheerleader. One of the interesting things about being a VC is that you often see companies in transition.

7 Steps For Assuring Business Success And Fulfillment

Startup Professionals Musings

Write down the “ what” of your vision, but let go of “ how” it will be achieved; you can’t control the precise manner, form, or timing. Brian defines an effective Court of Support as one professional coach, one accountability partner, one mentor, and six to nine group members. Image via Pixabay Is it possible to be successful in business and not fulfilled?

5 Attributes Of People Who Will Grow Your Business

Startup Professionals Musings

On a business team, the ability to communicate verbally and in writing is more important than technical depth. Provide required team integration, training and ongoing coaching.

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As Populist as it May Feel, 98% of VCs Aren’t Dumb

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In the original version of his post, Andy writes. And Coach Campbell. I’ve heard directly from top executives that Jeff Bezos (in my opinion the most talented person in the tech industry) has received his fair share of VC coaching in the early years.

Changes in Software & Venture Capital – Part 2 of 3

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Many LPs want to write checks of $10 million or $25 million because they themselves have billions of dollars to manage. And the more “small checks&# they write, the more VC managers they have to manage.

Why Early-Stage VCs Should Be Careful About Intros from Bankers

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We are judging how well you are coached on stage. They do this because they have amazing skills at writing business plans. When I was new at Venture Capital I was trying to figure out the business. It was a fun period for me because everything was new and I was curious.

How to Make Better Reference Calls

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Plus, if she does have areas where we could coach her on improvement it would help to know that coming in.” Reference calls. We all have to make them.

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The 7 Attitudes of Innovators

Frank Addante

Be your best: John Wooden was one of the greatest coaches in American sports history. As head coach at UCLA he won ten NCAA national championships in a 12-year period. My junior high school basketball coach never told us to win a game, and somehow we ended up in the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. We were not the biggest school or the best school, but our coach had the heart of John Wooden and always said, “Be your best”.

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The Importance of Proprietary Deal Flow in Early-Stage VC

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We are judging how well you are coached on stage. They do this because they have amazing skills at writing business plans. When I was new at Venture Capital I was trying to figure out the business. It was a fun period for me because everything was new and I was curious.

People Management: Startup Teams Should Dip but not Skip

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By the time of my second company MySQL was a much more robust solution and worked well when you had to read a lot of information but was less performant on “write&# activities. As a content management system we had lots of write activities and went with Postgres.

Embrace Losing – It Will Make You Stronger

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It is never as rewarding when you’re the coach (but coaching has many other benefits. Write things down. We helped the write out their requirements for a system.

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