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.

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Where is the best source of early stage investment?

Berkonomics

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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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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Five Startup Tips From Bill Gates

InfoChachkie

"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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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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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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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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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.

CapLinked Raise $1.6m Series A Round & Appoint Adam Sroka As VP Technology

Tech Zulu Event

25 Years of Writing Code. Adam Sroka, an agile software innovator, is a self-taught programmer with 25 years of writing code and previously combined his coding skills with his knowledge of agile and lean management techniques as a coach and technical trainer.

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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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.

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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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?

Interview: Seth Epstein of SocialStay

InfoChachkie

Write it down…. When I was running FUEL, I really did not have advisors – I did have a coach the entire time, who was a sounding board, but we worked on more esoteric concepts like ‘creating space’ (much longer convo) and on interpersonal relations and how to inspire growth, etc… That worked.

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Stage 32: An Education Hub For Entertainment Industry Creatives

Tech.Co

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.

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.

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.

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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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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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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Board members must protect the coporation before themselves.

Berkonomics

They write into their investment documents that they will occupy a seat on the board for as long as they are invested in the company, thinking of this as a protection for their investment and tool for them to influence growth. Should board members therefore withdraw and not participate in corporate planning, coaching the CEO and other issues not related to the duty of care or duty of loyalty? All other board functions are secondary.

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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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Want to Know How First Round Capital was Started?

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As a courtesy if you enjoyed his write-up please check out his startup company, ChannelStack. These speakers help coach CEO’s on important executive decisions. If you read this blog often you'll know that I'm a huge fan of First Round Capital.

Attorney and Startup Business Advisor – Aaron Shechet

SoCal CTO

You are writing about the essentials of business. I am planning right not to write a post about how startups often get SEO wrong. Sometimes we draft business plans and coach the entrepreneurs on their pitch, and sometimes we even help develop a business model.

How to Run Better Presentations & Improve Results

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You need to write down key questions & actions as you park them. I sit through a lot of presentations. It’s usually people wanting to raise money and/or persuade me of something. Many of these are not as effective as they could be.

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Female Entrepreneurs, AI and Investing: A Chat With Meredith Finn, March Capital

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The last thing, is understanding how open and receptive all of these CEOs were to feedback, coaching, and improvement. Obviously, the conversation in the market about more female investors is also an important piece of the puzzle, and that will help provide improvements as well, because I think the greater parity we see in people writing the checks, the more parity in where the dollars go.