Are MBA Founders More Diverse?

View from Seed

Original research on gender diversity and fundraising amongst HBS founders. Historically, there has been a general bias against MBA founders — a skepticism around their grit and hustle. of venture capital went to companies with only female founders (Pitchbook, October 2018).

Founder Suicides

Feld Thoughts

I recently heard a terrifying stat about founder suicides recently. A friend told me that he’d heard of over a dozen suicides from entrepreneurs in the past few years. The post Founder Suicides appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

5 Startup Cost Realities Most Founders Underestimate

Startup Professionals Musings

Most entrepreneurs realize and budget for the additional costs of incorporating a business, marketing, equipment costs, and manufacturing. Every smart entrepreneur I know thinks he can do everything personally, perhaps with a few interns or family members to help.

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Repeat Founders and the Risk of a False Positive

View from Seed

A number of blog posts recently have mentioned this, but we seem to be experiencing a rise in repeat founders starting new businesses and raising seed capital. You probably struggled to get co-founders or early team members to join you because you had limited credibility.

Founders Interview: Flash Pack

The Startup Magazine

As part of The Startup Magazine founders interviews, we sat down with Lee Thompson and Radha Vyas, the co-founders of Flash Pack , a lifestyle travel company specialising in adventure trips for solo travelers in their 30’s – 40’s. . Flash Pack co-founders Radha Vyas & Lee Thompson.

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Founder Market Fit

Feld Thoughts

” But my post yesterday about The Power of Passion When Starting Your Company was about “founder market fit.” ” And I’ve come to believe that – especially among first time entrepreneursfounder market fit is much more important than product market fit at the inception of the company. Founders come in with something they are super excited about. We constantly hear about “product market fit.”

8 Entrepreneur Challenges Founders Don’t Anticipate

Startup Professionals Musings

Every new entrepreneur who has not spent years in corporate life has the advantage of an unbiased look at business opportunities, but at the same time has the disadvantage of missing critical business experiences that can cost them dearly in their first startup venture.

Female Founders Breaking Barriers in the Bodywork Industry

The Startup Magazine

Contributed by: Yomassage entrepreneurs, co-founders Dr. Tiffany Ryan, PhD and Katherine Parker. Yomassage Co-Founder Dr. Tiffany Ryan, PhD. Yomassage Co-Founder, Entrepreneur Katherine Parker. Massage and bodywork promise relaxation, but at a high price.

Kindred Spirits – Our Investment In Founder Collective

Feld Thoughts

One of our recent investments, offered by Founder Collective (FC) – an eight-year-old manager with offices in Boston and San Francisco – is an excellent example of what we look for when we invest in funds offered by other managers. Investments fg next founder collective LP

8 Startup Situations Challenge Founder People Skills

Startup Professionals Musings

Most entrepreneurs assume that success is dependent on their product expertise, coupled with some knowledge of how to run a business. Successful entrepreneurs today must practice human-centered leadership to compete and win. entrepreneur founder leadership startup

Why Founders Need a Moral Compass

Steve Blank

I’ve been thinking why the ethical boundaries of todays founder/VC interactions feel so different then they did when I was an entrepreneur.

9 Founder Habits That Leave a Business Foundering

Startup Professionals Musings

After working with dozens of startup founders, I’m still amazed that some seem to be able to do the job easily and effectively, always in control, while others always seem to be struggling, out-of-control, and fighting the latest crisis. Some founders go too far to become consensus builders.

4 Quotes From Successful Small Business Founders

Up and Running

Sometimes it can help to hear from small business founders who were able to breathe life into their business idea and make it go. These four founders shared their success stories with our LivePlan team over the past year. Allison Reitz, founder of Good Elephant.

Must have skills for budding entrepreneurs and start-up founders

Our Own Start-up

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5 Keys To Happiness, Even For New Business Founders

Startup Professionals Musings

Yet, many entrepreneurs are the happiest people I know. Tracy defines the five key ingredients of happiness that every potential and existing entrepreneur, including Mark Zuckerberg (and every non-entrepreneur), should evaluate relative to their own situation: Happy relationships.

10 Steps To Finding The Right Startup Co-Founder

Startup Professionals Musings

A common challenge faced by every entrepreneur is that they don’t have the bandwidth, interest or skills to do everything that is required to build their startup. The right answer is to find a co-founder with complementary skills. Attend local university entrepreneur activities.

Founder Superpowers: Areas Where Top Entrepreneurs Can Be Truly Exceptional

View from Seed

Extraordinary companies can’t be built without extraordinary entrepreneurs , especially at the earliest stages. I’d argue that successful founders must actually possess a superpower to make the nearly impossible task of getting a startup off the ground become a reality.

Book: The Founder’s Dilemmas

Feld Thoughts

The Founder’s Dilemmas by Noam Wasserman is another book that belongs on every entrepreneur’s bookshelf. The Founder’s Dilemmas was the first. I get asked endless questions about founder dynamics, solo founders, optimal number of founders, equity allocations between founders, roles of founders, alignment between founders, and investor – founder relationships.

Female Founder Interview: Gabriela Rodil, Consultant and Latina Leader

The Startup Magazine

As part of The Startup Magazine Female Founder Series, we interviewed Ms. Going back to your early career decisions, tell us what factors influenced your decision to be an entrepreneur? . I became an entrepreneur because I wanted the freedom and opportunity to experiment.

Founder Interview: Sales Leads Platform AssuredLeads

The Startup Magazine

As part of The Startup Magazine founder interview series , we talked with Travis Batiza, the founder of AssuredLeads, a sales and marketing platform serving the insurance industry. The post Founder Interview: Sales Leads Platform AssuredLeads appeared first on The Startup Magazine.

How Much Founder Stock Should You Offer Co-Founders?

Startup Professionals Musings

Two heads are better than one, so the first task in many startups is finding a co-founder or two. Giving a co-founder a salary won’t get you the “fire in the belly” you want. The CTO of many technical startups was the original founder. business entrepreneurs startups

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7 Keys To Being Seen As A Superhuman Startup Founder

Startup Professionals Musings

Investors know this, hence the saying “Bet on the jockey (founder), not the horse (idea).” Like it or not, everyone looks to the entrepreneur as the jockey role model in a new business. entrepreneur founder jockey role model startup superhuman

Female Founders: Role Models, Support Networks, and Confidence

The Startup Magazine

As part of our ongoing Female Founders series , The Startup Magazine asked Zandra Moore, CEO of Panintelligence, for some insights on her journey as a successful female entrepreneur.

Why I Became An Entrepreneur: 10 Founders Share Their Stories

YFS Magazine

Here's an inside look at inspiring stories of entrepreneurs, why they started, and hard-won lessons they've learned along the way. Lead leadership personal development starting a business

Time For Founders School

Steve Blank

Kauffman just launched Founders School - a new education series to help entrepreneurs develop their businesses during the startup stage by highlighting how startups are different from big companies. Go watch Founders School now.

Why Every Entrepreneur Needs A Startup Co-Founder

Startup Professionals Musings

It seems like every entrepreneur I meet these days is quick to proclaim themselves a visionary, expecting that will give more credibility to their startup idea, and improve their odds with investors. cofounder entrepreneur execution startup visionary

The Loneliness of an Entrepreneur

Feld Thoughts

He’s been involved in a number of companies that we’ve invested in over the years in different senior and/or co-founder roles, including CEO. It was short and sweet but captured the essence of something I often talk about with founders. I felt this first hand in my experience, both as co-founder and later as CEO. The post The Loneliness of an Entrepreneur appeared first on Feld Thoughts. Entrepreneurship ceo depression founder

Founder Interview: Todd Warren with Family Law Insights

The Startup Magazine

Many lawyers are entrepreneurs. Going back to your early career decisions, tell us what factors influenced your decision to be an entrepreneur? It doesn’t sound that much different from other entrepreneurs’ paths to success.

Branding Tips that All Startup Founders Can Use

The Startup Magazine

You need to invest some resources into creating one, but the result will surely be reflected in how successful you are as an entrepreneur and how popular your new startup becomes. As a new entrepreneur, you need to start focusing on networking.

5 Ways To Improve Startup Founder Team Productivity

Startup Professionals Musings

If you are like most entrepreneurs I know, there just aren’t enough hours in a day to get all your own work done, as well as run the many one-hour meetings each team member seems to demand for decisions and mentoring. 5-minute mentoring business entrepreneur founder meetings productivity

Founder Interview: Jeff Kubas from Vertex Resource Group

The Startup Magazine

As part of The Startup Magazine Founder Interview Series , we talked to Mr. Jeff Kubas. Jeff is the Founder and CEO of Vertex Resource Group. TSM: As you have a history of building early stage companies, what is the most important thing you tell startup founders?

Female Founder Interview: Gabriela Rodil, Consultant and Latina Leader

The Startup Magazine

As part of The Startup Magazine Female Founder Series, we interviewed Ms. Going back to your early career decisions, tell us what factors influenced your decision to be an entrepreneur? . I became an entrepreneur because I wanted the freedom and opportunity to experiment.

6 Leadership Insights To Inspire New Venture Founders

Startup Professionals Musings

Entrepreneurs are well positioned to become the new leaders, because they perceive problems as opportunities, and have the mental mindset to innovate and execute. In this fashion the general leadership deficit is really an “opportunity” for new aspiring entrepreneurs in business.

A Founder’s First Key Decision Is The Business Name

Startup Professionals Musings

Some startup founders try unusual word spellings to make their business stand out, but this can be trouble when customers ‘Google’ your business to find you, or try to refer you to others. business name entrepreneur founder startup TBD

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Startup Founders Need To Manage Their Optimism

Startup Professionals Musings

I’m sure we have all seen entrepreneurs with high levels of passion and confidence touting an idea that seems to make very little sense to us. I challenge any entrepreneur to honestly tell me that they have never fallen victim to any of these while making startup decisions: Confirmation bias.

8 Keys To Attracting The Right Technical Co-Founder

Startup Professionals Musings

Technology is so key to every business these days that experienced business-smart but non-tech entrepreneurs are feeling deeper and deeper in the hole. That means every entrepreneur needs to learn how to attract, hire, and manage technical people for their team.

Founder’s Stock Is Gold, If You Know The Rules

Startup Professionals Musings

In reality, so-called “Founder’s” shares are simply common stock, issued at the time of startup incorporation, for a very low price, and normally allocated to the multiple initial players commensurate with their investment or role. entrepreneur founder rules startup stock

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Investors Look First At The Founder, Then The Idea

Startup Professionals Musings

They evaluate you like you should assess a possible co-founder or first employee. Even with great credentials, it is all too possible for an entrepreneur to come across as a high risk investment. Unless the business is a non-profit, the entrepreneur needs to show how he will make money.

6 Lessons From Navy SEALs For New Venture Founders

Startup Professionals Musings

He now teaches these key principles to business leaders, focusing on the following lessons and strategies, which I recommend for every entrepreneur: Lead from the front, so that others will want to work for you. entrepreneur lesson mentally tough new venture SEALs

Founder Institute Austin Graduates Six Startups

SiliconHills

By LAURA LOREKPublisher of Silicon Hills News The Founder Institute opened in Austin a little over a year ago and has already graduated three classes and helped dozens of entrepreneurs. They thought Austin needed more founders and […].

Founder Interview: Platinum Rapid Funding CEO, Ali Mayar

The Startup Magazine

As Founder and CEO, Mayar is responsible for motivating his entire team to meet the diverse needs of his clients every day. The post Founder Interview: Platinum Rapid Funding CEO, Ali Mayar appeared first on The Startup Magazine.

Habits of Exceptional Startup Founders

The Startup Magazine

In most cases, exceptional startups took off thanks to their exceptional founders – the people who had the creativity and intellect to come up with potentially life-changing ideas and the guts to actually implement them.

Nine Bad Behaviors of Struggling Startup Founders

Startup Professionals Musings

After working with dozens of startup founders, I’m still amazed that some seem to be able to do the job easily and effectively, always in control, while others always seem to be struggling, out-of-control, and fighting the latest crisis. Some founders go too far to become consensus builders.