When (& How) to Dump Your Partner

Inc Startups

She was my original partner, but we battled constantly over strategy and the business plan. When we realized we couldn't work together without killing each other, she dropped out of day-to-day operations.

Take Advantage of a New Trend: Big Business Looks to Small to Innovate

Up and Running

One recent development has been that larger companies are now looking at small innovative companies in a new light — as potential partners in developing new products, processes and services. Managing a Business Operations Strategy

Hiring A Key Executive – Tips For The Hands-On CEO


By Ali Behnam, co-founder of Riviera Partners. Prior to co-founding Riviera Partners , Ali Behnam co-founded and acted as EVP, Operations & Services at PeopleMover. Ali is a graduate of the University of California at Irvine with a BA in Economics.

Investing in Venture Capital - Limited Partner or Fund of Funds? - Part 2

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

80% of venture capital and Angel investors operate here, and, where else will patent attorneys, new business formation attorneys, equity attorneys give you their time without payment in advance of receiving venture capital funding?

ACTIVE Venture Partners Appoints two New Team Members after Busiest month to date


However, for venture capital firm ACTIVE Venture Partners , last month has been more than just recharging batteries. The announcement comes after a month of heavy investing, during which Active Venture Partners has led funding rounds for Spanish startups Traity ( $4.7

Hacking for Defense @ Stanford 2017 – Lessons Learned Presentations

Steve Blank

That if we could get teams to rapidly discover the real problems in the field using Lean methods, and only then articulate the requirements to solve them, could defense acquisition programs operate at speed and urgency and deliver timely and needed solutions.

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How to Negotiate a Partner Role at a Venture Capital or Private Equity Firm

David Teten

It’s hard enough to get a job at a venture capital or private equity firm; it’s even more complex to join as a Partner. Sean Seton-Rogers, Partner, Profounders Capital, breaks the conversation into three areas: Control: voting/veto for new deals, share of management company. For some examples of public transparency on what investors are looking for, see HOF Capital , KEC ( Brian Laung Aoaeh ), IA ( Roger Ehrenberg ); and Georgian Partners.

Strangling Innovation: Tesla versus “Rent Seekers”

Steve Blank

Smart startups prepare to face off against rent seekers and map out creative strategies for doing so… First, however, they need to understand what a rent seeker is and how they operate… ———-.

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Putting Together Your Perfect Seed Round

Early Stage Adventures

Because of my involvement in the Boston and NYC ecosystem as a managing partner at CommonAngels, I’ve been asked by several entrepreneurs a very simple but loaded question: “How should I think about pulling together my seed round?” Have a clear sense of your milestones and an operating plan that makes sense to achieve them. Cons: you probably won’t get the full time attention of the general partner. Individual general partners.

Bigger in Bend – Building a Regional Startup Cluster–part 1 of 3

Steve Blank

When Customer Development and the Lean Startup were just a sketch on the napkin, Dino Vendetti, a VC at Bay Partners, was one of the first venture capitalists I shared my ideas with.

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Huge Round for Waze, Raises $25 Million for Social GPS

VC Cafe

The proceeds of this round will be used to scale operations, continue building its platform for real-time location data and move its headquarters from Israel to Palo Alto, California, according to the CEO’s post on the company blog, By The Waze.

Early Growth Financial Services Announces New Partner and VP of Sales

Early Growth Financial Services

New VP of Sales to lead EGFS business development efforts in California San Francisco, CA Early Growth Financial Services (EGFS), an outsource accounting, finance, and tax support firm that provides on-demand services to early-stage companies, has just announced a new partner to their leadership team. Gadiel Morantes is an accomplished executive with 15+ years of sales, marketing, and operations experience. Originally published in PRWeb.

The Three Benefits Of Nailing Before Scaling


We created virality in small pockets, such as Venice Beach, California, and the virality spilled over to the next pocket, Santa Monica.

Why The Next Generation of Online Video Companies Will be Vertical

Both Sides of the Table

And you can now negotiate for fees for cable and satellite operators to carry your channels. Mitu Network is the largest digital media company for Latinos in the US and also targeting Mexico and South America.

National Security Innovation just got a major boost in Washington

Steve Blank

As I later discovered, Joe’s first act was 24 years in the Army Special Operations Forces (SOF), retiring as a Colonel. Putting theory into practice, he went to Iraq in 2008 as part of the 75th Ranger Regiment, in support of a Joint Special Operations Task Force. Ironically, I was first introduced to Joe not at Stanford but through one of his other lives – that of an entrepreneur and businessman – at the company he founded, BMNT Partners.

Whole Foods to Chobani: Please Leave

Inc Startups

Chobani is owned and operated by Hamdi Ulukaya, a Turkish immigrant and entrepreneur who is credited with turning struggling areas of upstate New York into a veritable yogurt Nirvana. The failed bill would have mandated that any GMO foods sold in California be labeled as such.


Chris Dixon

Earlier this year I got to meet the a16z team and observe the operation directly. The “startup idea” behind a16z is: instead of spending the bulk of the fund fees on partner salaries, spend it on operations to help entrepreneurs. So I’m super excited to say that I’m joining a16z as their seventh General Partner. I’ll be based in California, but plan to do a lot of investing in NYC.

How This Entrepreneur Raised $28,000 Using Airbnb to Fund Her Startup

Both Sides of the Table

And she didn’t start her company in Northern California. And when her assets were tapped she rented out her bedroom and even her couch on Airbnb to afford her year-one operations. Without this money she wouldn’t have been able to finance operations.

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Convertible Equity, A Better Alternative To Convertible Debt?


Yokum Taku, Corporate and Securities Partner at the Palo Alto, California Office of Wilson Sonsini agrees, “I can’t think of a good reason not to shift early stage seed financings toward convertible equity away from convertible debt.”. San Francisco, California. Startups. Mobile.

Get More Done: 18 Tips for Telecommuters

Inc Startups

I find that the most important thing for me is to keep a regular routine and to shower and dress every day as if I were going to an actual office," says Jenifer Kramer, Principal of West Hollywood, California-based Jenerosity Marketing. College, in Santa Rosa, California.

How to Optimize an Affiliate Marketing Program for Profitability


Most of them are from California (8.56%), New York (8.16%), Florida (7.40%), Texas (6.16%), Pennsylvania (5.71%) and Illinois (5.71%). Affiliates can share their learnings with you, which can help you guide other affiliates and in-house operations.

Elon Musk Makes Right Decision Over Tesla Patents


Partner with the competitors in your industry by creating key relationships with the right people who have the right skills and can properly complement your strengths. In Orange County, California, for example, there is a street called State College.

Some Thoughts on Leadership Going into 2016

Both Sides of the Table

It feels like something you could turn your attention to once you have tens of millions of dollars and a large staff to run operations and you could step back from it all and think about how to lead. In fact, 50% of our investments are in Southern California, from Santa Barbara to San Diego. We try to recruit investment partners who bring startup operating experience. Having time to think about “leadership” at most startups feels like a luxury.

“Regardless of who is in the White House, we have work to do from the bottom up and from the outside in” – Five Questions With Jennifer Pahlka of Code for America

Hunter Walker

But our hundreds of alumni — the fellows, employees, and government partners who have worked with us over the past six years — are a truly powerful movement that’s growing incredibly fast. Many of them have been carried on by the cities, counties or states we partnered with.

A Startup’s First Steps: What’s In A Name?


Having taken stock of the main legal documents and actions involved in forming and operating a new startup, let’s crack open the “case” (disregarding the warnings about voiding your warranty) and examine a few of the steps, documents and key decisions to be made in getting a new startup ready for business. Most entrepreneurs focus on #3, and perhaps are also aware of the ability to search state business entity databases online (as with Delaware or California ).

3 Unconventional Ways to Inspire Employees

Inc Startups

But attracting and retaining them will be a tricky thing for companies that try to operate in the same ways they always have. offers its 18 employees a $500 monthly stipend if they live within five miles of its Palo Alto, California-based location.

How to Work with Lawyers at a Startup

Both Sides of the Table

Founded it as a California LLC but your potential VC wants a Delaware C-Corp? Focus on the partner you would be working with. I always try operate on the “Fixed Fee +&# arrangement. One issue he talked about was working with partners.

Cats With Your Coffee? What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Purringtons Cat Cafe

Up and Running

In the last year alone, several have opened across the United States, with cafes in New York City, Oakland, California, and soon, Portland Oregon. Over a year ago, I first heard the rumor that a cat cafe had opened in London.

Welcome to SBA Ventures LLC.

Inc Startups

Slower-moving "Main Street" companies need more traditional financing, which the SBA supports through its 7(a) and 504 commercial loan programs, operated in partnership with banks. The first licensee is Hatteras Venture Partners, of Durham, North Carolina.

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Ecosystem for success: the key ingredients to attract an early-stage investor

The Startup Magazine

The entrepreneur must have a clear vision & focus, must operate in an optimized environment and, most importantly, must work with good people who share the vision. Second, they operate in the flourishing Parisian tech scene. Only one in ten startups succeed.

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

Steve Blank

Evangelos Simoudis’ is the founder and managing director of Synapse Partners. His investing career started 15 years ago at Apax Partners and continued with Trident Capital. Innovation outposts in Silicon Valley allow big companies to sense and respond to rapid changes in technology.

Meet the Grand Prize Entrepreneurs of the BEC Boost

Up and Running

” Michelle and her business partner Andrew Ekelem are the founders of Chariot Mobility, a company dedicated to updating the manual wheelchair to a low-profile, efficient and ergonomic chair that better serves the needs of its users.

It’s Better to Beg for Forgiveness than to Ask for Permission

Both Sides of the Table

Having grown up in Northern California and living near a Japanese family when I was really young, I always had a fascination with Japan and wanted to live there. I looked in the worldwide directory to find the partner in charge of the project who happened to be based in San Francisco.

Late-stage comeback: Acton Capital Partners in 150M final close of new fund

Fred Destin

Great news for European entrepreneurs of the later stage variety: Acton Capital Partners closes on a EUR 150M maiden fund , the so-called Heureka Growth Fund, presumably named after the discovery of gold in California rather than Archimedes running naked through the streets of Syracuse.

From Brick to Click: Optimizing Your Customer’s Experience

Up and Running

We work with like-minded partners who also want to help your businesses succeed by providing the best tools and content for the job. If our readers choose to learn more or purchase from links to our partners, sometimes we earn affiliate commissions that support Bplans’ mission.

5 Ways to Vet an Incubator

Inc Startups

Techstars now operates in four U.S. The panel included Christine Tsai, a partner at 500 Startups; Thomas Korte, the founder of AngelPad; Garry Tan, a partner at Y Combinator; Sam Teller, managing director and co-founder of Launchpad LA; and Katie Rae, managing partner of TechStars Boston.

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“Everything is a marketing campaign now, even policy ideas” – Renee DiResta Connecting Politics, Anti-Vaxxers & Social Media

Hunter Walker

Hunter Walk : You went from Wall St Trader to VC at OATV to operating side now at Haven , a logistics startup. And I love being on the operating side. Badass. Renee DiResta is badass. Not self-proclaimed badass. But like seriously badass. Click on that bio link in the previous line.

From Airbnb to TaskRabbit to Zimride, sharing is becoming big business


Find road-trip partners on Zimride. Since the incident, Airbnb partnered with insurance firm Lloyds of London to introduce a Host Guarantee program that insures homeowners up to $1 million on most items in the house. Visit our Partners: USA WEEKEND. Skip to Main Content.

[Exercise] Create A Bulletproof Mission Plan


What actions will your operating team perform? It’s important that you remember (or ask your partner to remind you) not to fall back on actively thinking about a solution; rather, let your mind remain blank and clear.

35 Entrepreneurs Explain How They Came Up With Their Business Name


I sat down with my partner and we brainstormed the name for our business. Instead, my producing partner suggester Corner Piece, Because we’re the piece you need to get everything started. My business partner Isaac and I came up with the name Baby K’tan.