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Checklist To Find The Startup Partner Of Your Dreams

Startup Professionals Musings

As an advisor to startups, I often get asked what to look for in an ideal co-founder or business partner. High integrity and commitment.

Tough Competitors Are Your Best Strategic Partners

Startup Professionals Musings

Every startup has a core competency which should not be shared. Both partners must not forget they are still competitors.

What Makes a Great Business Partner?

Both Sides of the Table

A while back when I was reading the press I saw a quote from Randy Komisar, a partner at Kleiner Perkins that was simple, yet profound. He was quoted as saying, “Being a great partner is as important as being smart or being right.”. What does it mean to be a great partner? Being a great partner is being a mensch. In life?

How to Find a Business Partner

Up and Running

You don’t have to do everything yourself—a partner can be an asset to your business. How do you know if your partner is “the one”?

Announcing Upfront Ventures’ Newest Partner — Kobie Fuller

Both Sides of the Table

Kobie then headed to Los Angeles to join LA-based startup REVOLVE as its CMO where he got his direct operating experience. Why Kobie?

Street-Smart Entrepreneurs Need High-Tech Partners

Startup Professionals Musings

Should they go after high-tech nerds for partners, or professional technologists? For non-core technical strength, look for outside partners.

How to partner with a larger company when you’re a startup

The Next Web

The number of new startups is rapidly increasing. saw an upward trend in startup company activity.

Forward Partners new logo

The Equity Kicker

Forward Partners is all about helping our partner companies succeed. Forward Partners I love our new logo!

Why Companies Are Investing More In Becoming Partners Than Vendors

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

From startups to Fortune 500 companies, businesses are making the effort to become better partners and leaving the vendor mentality in the past

How VCs Think About Adding New Partners

Both Sides of the Table

Startup CEO experience (Founded P.S. XO along with my good friend Soleil Moon Frye. Thus began my marketing campaign. billion).

Silicon Real interview – good intro to Forward Partners

The Equity Kicker

The first twenty minutes are a good intro to Forward Partners and then we discuss building startups more generally.

VC Partner Sweet Spot: The Always-Sometimes-Never Rules for Pitching the Right Investor

View from Seed

Yet once the right firms are identified, I believe that the tougher challenge is to determine which partner at these firms to approach. Always.

Benchmark’s New General Partner: Scott Belsky

The partners at Benchmark are delighted to announce that Scott Belsky has joined the firm as our newest general partner. It is rare for us to encounter a partner candidate who has so much experience as an operator, investor, and advisor at such a young age. Adding a new partner is a significant event for Benchmark.

Ten Steps in Choosing the Right Startup Partner

Startup Professionals Musings

Even experienced entrepreneurs need a partner to strengthen their position. The question is how to find that elusive perfect-fit partner.

Future Business Growth Drives A New Partner Paradigm

Startup Professionals Musings

Another new partnering model is the IBM Watson Group $1 billion investment to share cloud-based development and super-computing tools.

A Post Startup Execs Should Forward to Your Spouse or Partner. 12 Tips for Making it Work

Both Sides of the Table

I recently wrote a post about how to manage relationships when you’re at a startup or are busy executive. Short, sweet and actionable. 4.

From Platform to Partner: How Helping Startups is the New MBA Track to VC

This is going to be BIG.

Recently, Josh Kopelman of First Round Capital announced Brett Berson 's promotion to Partner. The firm scaled assistance to startups in a way that for outpaced the resources any investment team could provide as individuals. I got to work with Brett for two years while I was investing at First Round, before I started Brooklyn Bridge Ventures.

The 4 Partners Every Early-Stage Startup Needs to Have

Early Growth Financial Services

I often write about the best strategies for startup fundraising or how to manage startup financing and optimize for growth. Equally important, is an area many startup founders don’t always prioritize: choosing the right service providers and understanding the value they can bring to a startup.

10 Steps To Finding The Right Startup Co-Founder

Startup Professionals Musings

Two heads are always better than one in a startup. The challenge is how to find that elusive perfect-fit partner.

Startup Blog Insights - Are Your Partners Agile and How does Your CEO Spin?

Taffy Williams

Check out the group Startup Group on Linkedin or his articles in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of

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The 4 Partners Early-Stage Startups Need

Early Growth Financial Services

I often write about the best strategies for startup fundraising or how to manage startup financing and optimize for growth. Equally important, is an area many startup founders don’t always prioritize: choosing the right service providers and understanding the value they can bring, especially to an early-stage startup.

Making Forward Partners a company we are proud of: Our culture

The Equity Kicker

But secondly, it’s important that Forward Partners is a great place to work. Forward Partners Uncategorized

Smart Entrepreneurs Build Startups Without Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

In my experience as an advisor to aspiring entrepreneurs, I often encounter the myth that an initial startup requires investors.

10 Partner Qualities to Test Before Sharing Equity

Startup Professionals Musings

A while back I talked about how and where to find a co-founder in “ For a Startup, Two Heads are Always Better Than One.” Level of integrity.

LiveOak Venture Partners Sees Lots of Quality Startup Deals in Austin and Texas


In 2000, during the Dot Com boom, an enormous amount of money flowed into companies even though they did not have viable ideas and were also not disciplined with spending money, said […] The post LiveOak Venture Partners Sees Lots of Quality Startup Deals in Austin and Texas appeared first on SiliconHills.

The Secrets Behind Many Successful Startups

Vinicius Vacanti

“What is your startup’s unfair advantage?”, ”, a partner from a VC firm asked us. startups What happened?

9 Key Things Successful Business Partners Always Do

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The story drives home the keys to how most successful business partners work together and what wrecks the chemistry between others. The reason?

10,000 Startups – Startup Weekend Next

Steve Blank

Today we are announcing the biggest entrepreneurial program ever launched – Startup Weekend Next. The result – Startup Weekend Next.

How to Convince a Big Brand to Partner With You

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

The only thing you need is a big brand to notice you, realize the brilliance of your startup , and sign on the dotted line as a partner.

DealCircle partners with Rocket Lawyer to reduce startups’ US legal costs

The Next Web

Copenhagen-based startup DealCircle makes online collaboration tools to help startups pull together contracts and other deals more quickly.

The European Startup Market

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

At USV, we’ve been investing in European startups since 2008. While we don’t have an office in Europe we do have fourteen portfolio companies and every USV partner has at least two European portfolio companies. That means the potential scale of European startups is as large as US startups. VC & Technolog

Meet Benchmark’s New Partner: Eric Vishria

Today Benchmark announced that Eric Vishria has joined us as a General Partner. Eric is one of the up-and-coming stars in the technology industry, and we are very excited he is becoming our partner. Eric demonstrated a unique passion for startups and entrepreneurship from an early age.

Our Partner Andy

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

He co-founded Betaworks , one of the crown jewels of the NYC startup scene. Andy Weissman is a name that is surely familiar to many of you. And his writing, his coaching, and his insights have been valuable to so many entrepreneurs in NYC and around the world. Go give it a read and give Andy a big welcome in the comments.

Know Your Business Partner Well. Very, Very Well.

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

As we went through underwriting, it came out that one of the new partners in the business had extensive legal problems from a previous career.

How to find an international MD for your startup

VC Cafe

It’s no secret that the London startup ecosystem is booming. friend was asking for advice on how [.]. [[ This is a content summary only.

Do You Really Need a Partner to Launch A Startup?

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Serial entrepreneur and senior contributing editor Norm Brodsky explains why startup founders shouldn''t necessarily rush to find a partner.

Why Usher Partnered With This Fast-Growing School Supplies Startup

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Here's how CEO Ido Leffler scored an exclusive line of products with Usher for his one-year-old school supplies company

Lean startup methodology is brilliant but confusing

The Equity Kicker

I just read two articles which beautifully illustrate the brilliance and challenges with the Lean Startup methodology. Brilliant.

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Non-Technical Entrepreneurs Need the Right Partner

Startup Professionals Musings

Focus on finding the right partner to double your strength rather than dilute it. hiring entrepreneur startup CEO businessMarty Zwilling.

Israeli Startup Landscape Maps

VC Cafe

In this post, I collected the top startup landscape visualizations for Israel, covering VR/AR, Fintech, IOT, DevOps and Cybersecurity.