Mentors and advisory boards

Jeff Hilimire

Earlier this week I wrote about having (or not having) a co-founder / business partner. Are you looking for a sounding board in general? Advisory Boards. When it comes to advisory boards, I’m a big fan. more posts on advisory boards and mentors.

The Pop-Up Advisory Board

Jeff Hilimire

Earlier this week, I hit on the topic of co-founders / business partners , and advisory boards / mentors. Today I wanted to address a new concept that I recently tried out: The Pop-Up Advisory Board. A typical advisory board is a group of people that come together on a periodic basis to weigh in on your business and give advice. It’s important to note that advisory boards are not ACTUAL voting boards.

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The Care and Feeding of Startup Advisory Boards

Seed Stage Capital

skip to main | skip to sidebar 02 September 2009 The Care and Feeding of Startup Advisory Boards A recent post on Vator.TV got me thinking about startup advisory boards. To throw an extra bit of flavor to the mix, it might also include a co-founder from Web 1.0

6 Ideal Team Members For Any Entrepreneurial Venture

Startup Professionals Musings

Thus I was happy to see a recent book, “ The Tech Entrepreneur’s Survival Guide ,” by Bernd Schoner, PhD, and cofounder of ThingMagic, which leans heavily on the people side of the equation. It just means that the cofounders trust one of their own and are willing to follow.

Accuvant Launches Advisory Board

EIN News

Allen Hamilton, Computer Sciences Corporation and the United States Department of Defense. -- Dan Burns, Co-founder. at General Catalyst Partners LLC, a $1.6B venture capital and private equity firm based in Cambridge, Fortune 100 and 20 of the largest U.S. Federal Agencies, have trusted Accuvant with their

Building Great Founding Teams

Steve Blank

There’s been a lot written about the individual characteristics of what makes a great founder , but a lot less about what makes a great founding team and how that’s different from a great founding CEO. Founders – the idea. A couple of caveats about founders with “ideas.”

Episode 19: Time Tracking and Maximizing Profits with Matt Rissell

Mike Michalowicz

Matt Rissell, co-founder and CEO of TSheets, joins Episode 19 of the Profit First Podcast. Matt Rissell is the co-founder and CEO of TSheets, an Eagle, Idaho-based technology firm that provides online, GPS-powered time tracking for companies with hourly employees.

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What Do I Do Now? The Startup Lifecycle

Steve Blank

Over breakfast he got me up to date on his life since school (two non-CEO roles in startups,) but he wanted to talk about his third startup – the one he and two co-founders had started. “We’re Last week I got a call from Patrick an ex-student I hadn’t heard from for 8 years.

Check Your Entrepreneurial DNA Before You Start Up

Startup Professionals Musings

Nevertheless, I see tremendous value in understanding your entrepreneurial DNA, as part of your personal preparation, or in conjunction with incubators, accelerators or advisory boards.

More Successful New Entrepreneurs Are Baby Boomers

Startup Professionals Musings

Supportive co-founder and executive positions. Member of the Advisory Board. Every startup needs two or three key advisors who have the domain experience, connections, and complementary skills to guide the founders through those early crises.

Vision versus Hallucination – Founders and Pivots

Steve Blank

A founder’s skill is knowing how to recognize new patterns and to pivot on a dime. What I saw reminded me of some of the best and worst things I did as a founder. Some of the engineers figuring if the founder was declaring they were toast in 90 days were updating their resumes.

Organizational Debt is like Technical debt – but worse

Steve Blank

Since the meeting had been a courtesy to Phillipe, one of their VC board members, I grabbed coffee and asked him what scaling challenges he saw for the company. And Tom wasn’t going to get it from his board.

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Tips on Maximizing the Value You Get From Your Advisors

ReadWriteStart

Paul Palmieri, Co-Founder and CEO of mobile advertising service Millennial Media just gave a really valuable talk at the International Startup Festival in Montreal titled "Investing in Your Influencers." That board should be people who have the time to be focused on you.

Resilience is the Only Sustainable Edge in Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Ask Bill Gates and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen about their first business, Traf-O-Data. I always recommend that a startup founder enlist an advisory board of three to five members, and I find that people who resist this help are not very resilient.

How to Master the Art of People

Duct Tape Marketing

My guest for this week’s episode of the Duct Tape Marketing Podcast is Dave Kerpen, co-founder and chairman of Likeable Media, an award-winning social media and word-of-mouth marketing firm. He is also the founder and CEO of Likeable Local, a great social media management tool.

When VCs Don’t B t You

Feld Thoughts

The prior fund that I had co-founded – Mobius Venture Capital – had blown up after having a very successful first fund in 1997. Scott and I were both on the Microsoft VC Advisory Board that Dan’l Lewin organized and ran. He was a partner and co-founder of Centennial Funds and he and Steve Halsted basically created the VC industry in Colorado in the early 1980s.

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Every Technical Startup Wishes For This Dream Team

Startup Professionals Musings

Thus I was happy to see a new book, “ The Tech Entrepreneur’s Survival Guide ,” by Bernd Schoner, PhD, and cofounder of ThingMagic, which leans heavily on the people side of the equation. It just means that the cofounders trust one of their own and are willing to follow.

How to Divide Equity to Startup Founders, Advisors, and Employees

thinkspace.com

How to Divide Equity to Startup Founders, Advisors, and Employees. The part that I’d like to zero in on is when you’ve got a high growth company what are some of the best practices out there to distribute equity to the founders, advisors, and employees? Equity for Founders.

Why is it hard to get support for your first startup?

Life Beyond Code

You may not be able to get along with your co-founders causing heartburn for everyone. You don’t have a well rounded advisory board to help you fill all the gaps. Your advisory board is too big and you are getting conflicting advice from different team members.

Swedish Immigrant Helps Reinvent the Mouthguard Industry

Hearpreneur

We also have a scientific team, consisting of three chemical engineers in addition to Jan, who is the founder and the inventor. Sometimes a great advisory board can be just as useful.

Everything you ever wanted to know about advisors, Part 1

venturehacks.com

Should I put together a board of advisors? What are advisory shares? Should I give advisory shares to my investors? Should I put together a board of advisors? A “board” of advisors is not a formal legal entity like a board of directors, which is defined in the Constitution and s**t. You don’t need a board to collect advisors. Create a board if it makes you and your advisors happy. How to pick a co-founder.

The Why and How Of Updating Your Angel Investors

OnStartups

If you have a regular advisory board or board of directors meetings, that''s a good time to send out an update. Ty is CEO/co-founder of BuysideFX and an angel investor/mentor (you should be reading his blog ).

What Kind of Workspace Is Best For Your Startup?

mashable.com

“There’s simply no budget for [an office], as I bootstrap the company,&# says Paul Molluzzo, founder of Baby Goes Mobile , a web app that lets parents create a private baby book they can view and update from their mobile phones.

Danish company disruptive to global furniture industry receives funding

ArcticStartup

Cylindo that has been self-financed up until now has also invited three strong Danish entrepreneurs to the company’s advisory board. The most prominent name in the board is David Helgason , co-founder and CEO of Unity Technologies.

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

Steve Blank

How to recognize when it’s time to pull the plug on your startup idea, and why founders can’t operate afford to operate in a vacuum were the focus on today’s Entrepreneurs are Everywhere radio show. The show follows the journeys of founders who share what it takes to build a startup – from restaurants to rocket scientists, to online gifts to online groceries and more. Dan Miller , co-founder of Level Therapy , provider of mobile therapy sessions.

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

Steve Blank

How to recognize when it’s time to pull the plug on your startup idea, and why founders can’t operate afford to operate in a vacuum were the focus on today’s Entrepreneurs are Everywhere radio show. The show follows the journeys of founders who share what it takes to build a startup – from restaurants to rocket scientists, to online gifts to online groceries and more. Dan Miller , co-founder of Level Therapy , provider of mobile therapy sessions.

A Better Way To Ask For Investor Intros

Seed Stage Capital

Numerous other sources exist on the web, such as this list of Ron Conway’s portfolio (and co-investors); start to look, and you’ll start to see. Since launching our closed beta 3 months ago, we have had nearly a million cat owners register, and 75k have already boarded a cat in their home.

Hacking Angel List | VentureArchetypes Blog: Seed Stage Capital

Seed Stage Capital

Since launching just over a year ago, 2,250 investors have joined, over 400 startups have raised money, and according to co-founder Naval Ravikant, about 20 new inbound companies per day sign up. Let me give you a quick example using one of my advisory clients, a startup called Zerply.

The Perils of Starting a Business On Your Own

Inc Startups

Search for the words single founder on Google, and what you find might be disheartening: a blog posting by Y Combinator founder Paul Graham on the 18 mistakes that kill startups. Single Founder tops the list. Set up a Board of outside advisers.

How to Evaluate an Offer from a Startup Incubator

The Startup Lawyer

But before your startup signs up and cashes that $[XX,000] check, your startup’s co-founders should sit down and evaluate the incubator’s offer. Thus, if your startup is willing to give a couple points to a few advisory board members, determine how much the incubator’s mentorship (and introductions) equates to an advisory board and assign a percentage. Great news — your startup just got accepted to an incubator!

Episode 36: Employee Incentives and Business Funding with Christine Gray and Jared Hecht

Mike Michalowicz

When Christine started Balance Your Books in 1997, her vision was to create an accounting advisory firm that focused on the growth of entrepreneurs, their business, and their financial health. Also Available On. Show Summary.

Five Dumb Things Investors Want You To Stop Doing

Inc Startups

Sullivan is a founder and partner at StarVest Partners and serves on the Astia Board of Trustees with me. She also chairs Astia’s NYC Advisory Board. Sullivan urges CEOs to “find a great technical co-founder early in the process.

The Company Milestones Angel Investors Care About

Business Plan Blog

When raising pre-seed capital from friends, family, and founders (FFF) you’ll want to consider the milestones that Angel investors care about and be sure to raise enough capital to reach those milestones. Founding Team, Key Hires, Advisory Board.

Sarah Evans on [Re]Frame

Life Beyond Code

When the co-founders of SlimBooks approached me about being on their advisory board, I realized this was the publisher I wanted to work with and this was the time to write the book I had waiting within.

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

Steve Blank

The show follows the journeys of founders who share what it takes to build a startup – from restaurants to rocket scientists, to online gifts to online groceries and more. Evangelos Simoudis’ is the founder and managing director of Synapse Partners.

Raise Capital With The Skin You’re In: Blunt Truth from Don Charlton, CEO, The Resumator

David Teten

I’m speaking on a panel this afternoon on fundraising for minority founders at the Rainbow PUSH Wall Street Project. Fundraising is always difficult for all founders; the median PE/VC fund sources and reviews 87 companies before investing in 1.

The leap from employee to entrepreneur – Small Business Spotlight

Up and Running

Ben Lamson and Sulaiman Sanni, WeDidIt cofounders. version, and talking to an advisory board and seed round investors already.” ” The founders of WeDidIt saw an opportunity and a need, and put aside the fears everyone who’s ever struck out on their own faces. It’s never easy to leave a stable job to launch a startup. But sometimes circumstances align and a budding entrepreneur just knows that the time is right to make the leap.

Why Co-Founders Are a Startup's Biggest Liability | The Startup Lawyer

thestartuplawyer.com

He obviously never launched a startup and got shafted by a co-founder. Instead of worrying solely about some 3rd-party stealing your business idea or a “slip and fall,&# your startup company’s top legal priority should be the reduction of its internal legal threats: co-founder disputes. You can start by examining every aspect of the co-founder relationship. I wrote a previous blog article regarding startup co-founders. [.]

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

Steve Blank

And Silicon Valley’s pay-it-forward culture is a huge help to startup founders. Gary Marcus , one of the country’s best-known cognitive psychologists, is a professor of psychology and neural science at NYU and founder of Geometric Intelligence. What do you do with an advisory board?”

Help Us Save Startup Journalism - ArcticStartup Goes To Indiegogo.

ArcticStartup

Today we at ArcticStartup are excited to announce the launch of our IndieGoGo campaign for CoFounder, a brand new print magazine focused on the European startup scene. If somebody goes the extra mile, they will become our cofounder and will join us on a trip to Svalbard.