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A Startup Advisory Board Dream Team is Priceless


recommend that every early-stage startup find three Advisory Board members. The Advisory Board’s objectives and focus.

The Right Startup Advisory Board Has A Big Payback

Startup Professionals Musings

recommend that every early-stage startup find three Advisory Board members. What better candidates than your Advisory Board?

Ben Dyer Joins Austin-based Enola Labs’ Advisory Board


Ben Dyer, a serial technology entrepreneur and entrepreneur in residence at the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, has joined the advisory board of Enola Labs. The Austin-based mobile and web development company is run by Marcus Turner, its president and chief technology officer. Austin

Should Your Startup Have an Advisory Board?

Both Sides of the Table

So do advisory boards really add value?  In my experience most advisory boards under deliver relative to expectations. 

A Startup Advisory Board Dream Team is Priceless

Startup Professionals Musings

recommend that every early-stage startup find three Advisory Board members. Once your company is past the startup stage, you do need a board of directors. What better candidates than your Advisory Board? The more experienced and blunt your board members are, the better. Let’s talk specifics. Marty Zwilling.

Critical Considerations for a Startup Advisory Board

Startup Professionals Musings

By Bob Arciniaga In developing the content for this article, it was very apparent this advice is not only critical for startups but for most companies.

Startup Business Development Strategies: 7 Tips For Putting.

Seed Stage Capital

There is a natural bias against working with firms that are unproven, underfunded, and still developing and/or evolving. Get creative.

An Advisory Board is a Startup’s Best Investment

Startup Professionals Musings

recommend that every early-stage startup find three Advisory Board members. What better candidates than your Advisory Board?

The Importance of Advisory Boards for Startup CEOs

The Importance of Advisory Boards for Startup CEOs Tweet When a startup receives financing it will need to setup a Board of Directors. The Board probably existed beforehand, but was made up only of the founders. But there’s another kind of board that’s equally important. There’s no surprise there.

Customer Development Biases

Market by Numbers

I haven’t weighed in on Customer Development thoughts for several hours, so it’s about time. Let’s go through these. 1.

What Startup Advisors Do I Need?


While Bob’s post focuses on Technology Advisors and the Startup Founder Developer Gap , we also discussed advisors more broadly. In some cases, Founders are building an Advisory Board with the purpose of padding their investor deck. Bob Dorf just published a post Where are the Hackers? Investors discount this.

Building Great Founding Teams

Steve Blank

They deal with the daily crisis of product development and acquiring early customers.  Customer Development Family/Career/Culture

Vision versus Hallucination – Founders and Pivots

Steve Blank

It was great to watch him embrace the spirit and practice of customer development. Filed under: Customer Development. Pivot a Week.

"Tap the Gray Hair!" - Creating and Using an Advisory Board/Board of Directors

Small Business Force

There are two types of boards that you can use - an advisory board or a board of directors. Two-edged sword.

"Tap the Gray Hair!" ? Creating and Using an Advisory Board/Board of Directors

Small Business Force

There are two types of boards that you can use - an advisory board or a board of directors. Two-edged sword.

Blank’s Rule – To predict the future 1/3 of you need to be crazy

Steve Blank

They gather up all the “brand-name wisdom” in an advisory board, task force, panel, study group, etc.  But we know one thing for sure.

10 Answers That Make Your Startup Plan Investable

Startup Professionals Musings

Include advisory board member qualifications and key industry connections. What is the business problem you are solving?

Entrepreneurs are Everywhere Show No. 45: Dan Miller and Brian Zuercher

Steve Blank

Through that process, I lost a lot including some relationships with individuals, and I started to develop symptoms of acute anxiety.  . Fortunately we had the confidence of a couple board members as well who were able to stand up for us. Filed under: Customer Development , SiriusXM Radio Show. wound up losing a lot. Dan Miller.

[Infographic] Inside The Mind Of A Startup Entrepreneur


Here’s a look at what a founder should be able to do: Development. Develop and track a funnel. Build an advisory board.

Entrepreneurs Experience – Do It and Learn It

Steve Blank

explained my position: theories and models are useful learning tools, but nothing beats actual business development experience. Changes.

Who Just Raised A $225 Million Financing in North Carolina?

Feld Thoughts

Last Tuesday, while I was enjoying a week off the grid, AvidXchange announced they had raised a $225 million financing led by Bain Capital Ventures. I’m psyched to be joining the board of a company co-founded and run by Mike Praeger, a friend of mine for over 20 years. Music Factory. Julien talking about AvidXchange.

The Academy For Software Engineering

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

want to personally thank the Mayor, his education team led by Dennis Walcott, and his economic development team led by Robert Steel for adopting an integrated set of technology, economic development, and education policies and then aggressively rolling them out city wide. But we do not want to be front and center in this story.

The Paradox of VC Value-Add

Feld Thoughts

Scott and I were both on the Microsoft VC Advisory Board that Dan’l Lewin organized and ran. That’s how a friendship develops, at least in my world. Scott Maxwell of OpenView Partners  had an awesome post up this morning titled  The Truth About VC Value-Add. Go read it – I’ll still be here when you get back.

5 Lessons Every Entrepreneur Should Know


Our intention from day one was to have both an executive board and an advisory board. However, this is not the case for everyone.

6 Ideal Team Members For Any Entrepreneurial Venture

Startup Professionals Musings

It’s time to think about licensing what you have to an existing company already in business, and give up developing and marketing it yourself.

Entrepreneurs are Everywhere Show No. 32: Evangelos Simoudis and Ashok Srivastava

Steve Blank

Filed under: Customer Development. Customer DevelopmentAshok N. Srivastava , chief data scientist at Verizon. Ashok Srivastava. Ashok N.

8 Initiatives That Can Supercharge Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Do your homework to realistically size development, marketing and staffing requirements, and then increase the number by 50 percent.

Check Your Entrepreneurial DNA Before You Start Up

Startup Professionals Musings

It was developed by Joe Abraham , who manages a portfolio of successful high-growth international companies. Opportunist. Specialist. Innovator.

More Successful New Entrepreneurs Are Baby Boomers

Startup Professionals Musings

Member of the Advisory Board. Software and hardware development architects and designers. Manage customer service.

3 Ways to Tap Into Your Customers' Network

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Here's how you can develop stronger bonds that benefit both sides. Connecting with customers is critical to business growth.

Entrepreneurs are Everywhere show No. 4: David Lerner and Gary Marcus

Steve Blank

What do you do with an advisory board?” Customer DevelopmentDave Lerner. Entrepreneurship bringing people together .

7 Startup Pitfalls Can Kill Your Business Growth

Startup Professionals Musings

In my role as an advisory board member for several startups, I’m always excited to see that initial surge of revenue from a great rollout campaign.

Making Friends With Millennials: Evolving The Customer Service Story


Thinking Aloud customer development customer service Gen Y Generation Y Millennial Generation Millennials Simon Tate

Small Business Success Doesn’t Come Without Travel

Startup Professionals Musings

Business development and strategic partners. Mentoring and shared advisory board opportunities. You would be wrong.

Pivot, don't jump to a new vision

Startup Lessons Learned

Each has its own iterative process: customer development and agile development respectively. The hardest part of entrepreneurship is to develop the judgment to know when its time to change direction and when its time to stay the course. IMVU had a roughly two-month-long development cycle. Both are lethal outcomes. for H.

Bob Dorf, co-author startup owner’s manual, Customer development: the science of acceleration for growth businesses

Business of Software Blog

Understanding the Customer Development Process. ” If you walked into the development group and said, “Wait a minute, guys!

10 Entrepreneur Qualities That Tag You as Fabulous

Startup Professionals Musings

Attract a superstar board of advisors. No entrepreneur is an island, so take the initiative to use an advisory board.

7 Reasons A Small Business Should Hire Advisors 


Serve as a Sounding Board for Sensitive Challenges & Opportunities You Face as a Small Business. by Jonathan Aspatore, CEO of ExecRank.

Swedish Immigrant Helps Reinvent the Mouthguard Industry


Sometimes a great advisory board can be just as useful. There is literally a business for everything. But that was then….:-).

11 Tips For Entrepreneurs


Seek to develop innovation. Develop an advisory board. By Mitchell Berk, CEO of Selective Search. Have a clear vision.