Let me start by saying that I have a deep respect for entrepreneurs because they put it all on the line to make their dreams happen. But what I often wonder about is the underlying reason for why people want to become entrepreneurs in the first place. I’m sure there are many reasons, but I’ve narrowed it down to the three reasons that I believe … Continue reading Don’t Build What you Despise. Build Something Great.
I went to San Francisco last week to attend the Angel Capital Association (ACA) conference. ACA hosts several smaller conferences throughout the year, but the larger, annual conference is held just once a year usually in a cool city that everyone wants to go to. The purpose of the conference was for angel investors, entrepreneurs, and some venture capital groups to share ideas, hear from … Continue reading Unconscious Bias and its Affect on Women and People of Color in Tech
One of the hardest things for some entrepreneurs to do is admit failure and move on. I view it as a sign of maturity and business intelligence, but all too often, many entrepreneurs do not see it that way. But the better question is “How do you know when it’s time to let go?” It’s not like there are manuals out there that tell you … Continue reading Saying “Goodbye” to Your Startup
This week I had the opportunity to speak with several early-stage, technology companies throughout the country. No matter where a company is based, I am usually most focused on learning the following things in the first meeting: What problem is being solved Is there enough evidence to justify the problem is big enough (can it scale) Can I clearly understand who benefits most from using … Continue reading Entrepreneur’s Guide to Problem Solving
Last week I had the opportunity to speak with Pete Sonsini, General Partner at New Enterprise Associates (NEA). NEA is based in Silicon Valley along Sand Hill Road and has more than $3B in assets under management in their latest fund. For more than 30 years the firm has invested in over 350 companies and has had 208 companies IPO – quite an achievement by … Continue reading Key Takeaways from one of the Most Successful VC Firms in the World