Equity for Early Employees in Early Stage Startups


I was asked by a reader how much equity he should give out to early employees and to service providers in a very early stage startup. Founders vs. Early Employees To help with this discussion, let me start with a definition of "early employee."

10 Marketing Lessons for Early-Stage Tech Startups

Both Sides of the Table

The following are some lessons I learned about early-stage startup marketing. My general rule is that it’s good to be stealth in the early days while you’re building your product and testing your market. I know because I did this in early 2000.

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Splitting vs. Expanding the Pie: Thoughts on the New Early-Stage VCs in Boston

Rob Go

Recently, I’ve been spending a fair bit of time with a number of the new early-stage investors in Boston. The Engine. Overall, having more early-stage investors is a huge win for the founder community in Boston.

Early-stage Regional Venture Funds–part 2 of 3 of Bigger in Bend

Steve Blank

Dino Vendetti a VC at Bay Partners, moved up to Bend, Oregon on a mission to engineer Bend into a regional technology cluster. Part 2: Early-stage Regional Venture Funds. Part 3: Engineering a Regional Tech Cluster. What’s Missing Is Early Stage Capital.

Web Summit – Top 50 Hottest Early Stage Startups In The World

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Screach is an interactive discovery engine that gives you cool new ways to experience your favorite activities like shopping, having a cocktail, watching TV, or exploring a new city. A metaphorical search engine?

Engineering a Regional Tech Cluster-part 3 of 3 of Bigger in Bend

Steve Blank

Dino Vendetti a VC at Bay Partners, moved up to Bend, Oregon on a mission to engineer Bend into a regional technology cluster. Part 2: Early-stage Regional Venture Funds. Part 3: Engineering a Regional Tech Cluster. Local Early-Stage Risk Capital.

How to Go From Google Engineer to First-Time CTO


Product and Engineering. How to Go From Google Engineer to First-Time CTO. Product and Engineering. How to Go From Google Engineer to First-Time CTO. Ian Langworth started his career as an O’Reilly author and software engineer at Google. First Round Capital.

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Google Engineer: How We Interview, How I’d Beat Us for Talent, & How Non-Technical Founders Should Approach Devs

View from Seed

Saurya Velagapudi is a senior software engineer at Google, based in their Cambridge, Mass., I recently chatted with Saurya about how he approaches hiring engineers at Google and what founders can learn. NV: What are some basics you’d recommend to anyone hiring an engineer?

Lessons Learned: Don't launch

Startup Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned by Eric Ries Friday, March 13, 2009 Dont launch Heres a common question I get from startups, especially in the early stages: when should we launch? This is the usual reason given for a marketing launch, but for most early stage startups, its a failure. If you dont know who the partners are, what they pay attention to, or what kind of message they are open to receiving - its too early to launch.

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Want to Know Difference Between a CTO and a VP of Engineering?


Want to Know Difference Between a CTO and a VP of Engineering? This time I thought I’d try and address engineering talent. Often I’m asked by startup CEO’s about how to best build an engineering team. The VP Engineering aspires to manage teams. About Me.

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Connect Ventures Closes €16M Fund For Early Stage Investments


A new European venture capital fund has opened up in London after raising €16 million for early-stage investments. including engineering, product management and marketing.

Startup Blog: Decisions, Decisions, Decisions ? Second Guessing

Taffy Williams

Sunday, May 8, 2011 Decisions, Decisions, Decisions – Second Guessing It does not matter whether you are in the early stages, later stages, or already a BigCo. Tips on getting a partnership for your early drug.

The Importance of Revenue is Back - DShen's Blogs


Back in 2009, shortly after the 2008 crash, I wrote The Importance of Revenue at Early Stage, Now More Than Ever. 2.Valuations for startups still hang around $6-10M cap or pre-money at early stage for the hotter deals, sometimes even higher. However, practically NO startup I know raises for 24-30 months at the seed stage - well, practically none. Back in 2009, shortly after the 2008 crash, I wrote The Importance of Revenue at Early Stage, Now More Than Ever.

“The Core Value of a Good Leader is Humility:” Sam Schillace, Box Engineering SVP

Hunter Walker

Now as SVP of Engineering at Box, he’s had the chance to scale their engineering team and help take the cloud collaboration company public. Earlier this month, I was at an event where Sam mentioned he writes a letter to his Box engineering team every Sunday.


Startup Blog: Presentation 101 ? Please do not do this!

Taffy Williams

I often have the opportunity to listen to first time entrepreneurs and early stage companies present their company. The mix of entrepreneurial reviewers is useful in providing advice and feedback to early stage entrepreneurs and their startup.

7 Steps to Building a Recruiting Engine That Works

Instigator Blog

People want to be paid well: During my presentation this seemed to hang people up, particularly the early stage founders who don’t have a lot of money to pay people. We all know recruiting is hard. Almost everyone, universally, complains about it. I’ve never heard anyone say that they’re always able to hire the best people, whenever they want, easily. It just doesn’t happen.

The Future of Startups 2013-2017

Scalable Startup

And the reason is because – the reason fundamentally is because now that you have got these things, you have — now that you have a computer in everybody’s hand, all of a sudden all these barriers — it used to be these barriers to market entry were so big, it used to be there just weren’t that many early adopters in the world. The Future of Startups 2013-2017, beginning of a series.

Shout Out to Seth Levine, or the In-N-Out burger startup

Scalable Startup

Investor groups are cutting out the management, bus dev, sales, and marketing professionals, trying to get raw, young engineering teams that have never negotiated a term sheet to give away their IP rights and equity for next to nothing.

“Pay with a Tweet” and Other Growth Hacking Examples

VC Cafe

There are however, many clever ways to acquire users in the early stages, when your startup has no brand recognition. Buffer Campuscred Growth Hacking Indisde the Launchpad Startup books StartupPlays The Referral Engine CampusCred Referral marketing User acquisition YcombinatorIn the post, "Introduction to Growth Hacking for startups" we went through the. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

How To Optimize Your Startup’s Site On A Limited Budget


But you can’t just sacrifice marketing at this early stage in the game. Others digital marketing marketing Online marketing search engine optimisation search engine optimization SEOMarketing is one of the most essential investments a startup can make.

What to expect before accepting the offer to become Engineer #1 at a startup

The Next Web

“It kinda sucks to be engineer #1.”. That’s what a couple of my friends – engineers at Google and Bloomberg who have been following the rise of startup culture with intrigue – told me recently. Engineer #1? Why not wait until the opportunity to be engineer #10, #20, #100?

Silicon Valley Uber Alles? I think so… Some of their Secret Weapons.

Scalable Startup

Stanford - Not sure this even needs explaining, but Stanford has been a wole new entity in the past 20 years, beyond anyones imagination in wealth creation, funding, computer science, a recruiting engine into SV then on to local companies, pride, confidence, location.

Criticality of getting product roadmap right in early stage ventures


In the example above, Company A attempts to deliver a complete product at a very early stage and ends up over engineering its product and potentially leaving its users confused. This is a cross post from my blog. Thought it might be relevant to share it in this forum. .

What VCs look for in an early stage company

A Crowded Space

By this, I really just mean what I look for in entrepreneurs and companies at early stages. I want to hear the crazy stories about how you stalked a potential customer until they would try your product, how you walked door-door w free samples, how you recruited engineers by asking everyone you know who the best engineer is and then hunted him down for the next 6 months until he joined your team. · Dramatic reduction in customer effort – lots of things are difficult.

What is Drupal? or, My retraining in Software Development

Scalable Startup

The So Cal engineering gap? Drupal has a worldwide engine of real software discipline. The world has changed – software development, app dev, and software engineering are taking over the center of the conversation, and Drupal/PHP is taking over the lead. PHP and Drupal are partly at fault for this – people who never attended Engineering school can learn these tools in less than year without learning formal computer sciense discipline.


Is #NewYork the Next Startup Land of Oz?

Scalable Startup

Here are some of the factors: (1) Amazing Engineering Skills – Let’s just start with the big one. There is a highly under-known fact in the software engineering world – many of the best developers and architects are not in Silicon Valley, but in the New York metro area. Between AT&T, the Financial houses and all the great local engineering schools they’re not only the best but there are a lot of them.

The Importance of BUS DEV

Scalable Startup

BusDev is relationships, longer term thinking, non-revenue partnerships, communication between Sales, Marketing, Engineering and Finance if you have all of those covered. In a smaller or earlier stage startup, the CEO covers most areas that have no dedicated leader, BusDev being the most common unfilled spot. So, if you can afford a strong BusDev investment early, it can be a secret weapon that ensures your long term scalability and gets you funded.

The Due Diligence Customer Call - DShen's Blogs


It was a rare occasion where an early stage startup actually had a customer testing their product and I was able to get some feedback on the startup from a customers perspective. If youre fortunate enough to encounter an early stage startup that has customers and are accessible, definitely try to give them a call. Many early stage startups are in the very beginning stages and dont have customers yet so sometimes its hard to be able to talk to them at all.

How to Configure Your Startup Team

Both Sides of the Table

I am fond of quoting that about 70% of my investment decision of an early-stage company is the team. Engineering is critical but it is not everything. Don’t listen to VCs who tell you to bring in the big guns early. If they join super early it is often a disaster.

Lessons Learned: The four kinds of work, and how to get them done.

Startup Lessons Learned

Another advantage of the early stages is that most dont have to juggle too many competing priorities. Four kinds of work Innovation / R&D - this is what all startups do in their earliest stages.

4 Dirty Secrets VCs Won’t Admit

View from Seed

Dirty Secret #1: An early-stage startup’s design actually does matter. It probably shouldn’t be the case, but the look and feel and polish of your materials makes a big difference for early-stage investors. Almost all VCs say they like to invest really early.

When Size Doesn't Matter: How A Focus On Getting Big Can Spell Disaster For Early-Stage Non-Profits

Launching Tech Ventures

Finding the holy grail The MBAx team decided to employ an oft-used tool early on in their MBA recruiting process: the focus group. They now have a solid foundation of early-adopter evangelists who will, through their own vision and actions, be the key to MBAx’s growth for years to come.

Advisors for Early Stage Startups Presentation at Yale - DShen's Blogs


Advisors for Early Stage Startups Presentation at Yale Entrepreneurship Institute. Here is my presentation: Advisors for Early Stage Startups at Yale View more presentations from dshen. Advisors for Early Stage Startups Presentation at Yale Entrepreneurship Institute. Here is my presentation: Advisors for Early Stage Startups at Yale View more presentations from dshen. Voyij - meta search engine for travel deals.

Kevin Federline Search Engine


skip to main | skip to sidebar SoCal CTO Tuesday, March 20, 2007 Kevin Federline Search Engine Just saw a post - Sleep with a pop star, get your own branded search engine. Dr. Karrer was valedictorian at Loyola Marymount University, attended the University of Southern California as a Tau Beta Pi fellow, one of the top 30 engineers in the nation, and received a M.S. Early Stage Marketing and Branding – Farida Fotouh.

Bigger in Bend, Part 2: Early-Stage Regional Venture Funds

Inc Startups

Dino Vendetti, a VC at Bay Partners, moved up to Bend, Oregon on a mission to engineer Bend into a regional technology cluster. as a distribution channel, have vastly reduced the amount of capital a startup needs in the early stage when risk is the greatest.


Taffy Williams

At this stage, the parties usually share goodwill and a goal of working together effectively. Tips on getting a partnership for your early drug. Startup Blog Steps to consider to start and grow a company. Basics are provided to help entrepreneurs.

Organizational Debt is like Technical debt – but worse

Steve Blank

But over time code/hardware written/built to validate hypotheses and find early customers can become unwieldy, difficult to maintain and incapable of scaling. Organizational debt is all the people/culture compromises made to “just get it done” in the early stages of a startup.

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Technical Advisors: Every Web/Mobile Startup Must Have One


And it made me come to a new realization: Every early-stage web/mobile/online startup should have at least one technical advisor, probably two. Most early-stage, in-house teams needs to be hands on developers, not strategic.

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How To Become Valuable To A Start Up (If You’re Not An Engineer)


For all the glamor and noble intentions attributed to start-ups, working at an early-stage technology start-up isn’t fundamentally dissimilar from working at an established technology company.


Investor VCs and Operator VCs

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

From Gene Kleiner and Tom Perkins in the early 70s to Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz at the end of the 00s, this is the iconic model of the venture capital firm and the formula that built Silicon Valley into what it is today. He joined the Board of an early stage company and on it were a couple experienced VCs. I am not an operator and have never worked in a startup or a company, other than a short stint in an engineering firm the first two years out of college.