7 Startup Partner Pairings That You Are Apt To Regret

Startup Professionals Musings

Most entrepreneurs who start a company alone soon come to the conclusion that two heads are better than one – someone to share the workload, the hard decisions, costs, and tasks you don’t like. If you think about it, you should realize that not everyone is ‘ideal partner material.’

5 Strategies For Startup Partnering To Win Long Term

Startup Professionals Musings

The new paradigm, driven by disruptive technologies, cloud-served supercomputing, and the new generation of young adults with global empathy, is partnering and giving something now for a competitive advantage in the future. Find partners who can do what you cannot do alone.

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Partner, Partner, Partner

K9 Ventures

Every so often, I’ll meet with a founding team and they will tell me that they met with a “Partner” at a VC firm. If I wasn’t riffing off of an inside joke that’s funny to me, I’d boringly call this post “Understanding the use of the Partner title in the VC industry.” Back then you had Managing Directors/General Partners, Venture Partners/Partners, and then Principal/Associates.

10 Key Traits Of An Ideal Entrepreneur Partner

Startup Professionals Musings

The feedback was good, but some readers asked me to be a bit more specific on attributes that might indicate an ideal startup partner. In this context, I’m broadening the definition of partner from co-founder to “business partner.” The reason is that good attributes apply equally well to “external” partners, as they do to internal partners, like a co-founder or CTO. You may be too independent to be partner material.

Street-Smart Entrepreneurs Need High-Tech Partners

Startup Professionals Musings

Technology is so key to every business these days that experienced business-smart but non-tech entrepreneurs are falling deeper and deeper in the hole. Should they go after high-tech nerds for partners, or professional technologists? The right answer for a good business partner today is neither of the above. Startups succeed most often when the founding partners know how to build and run a business, rather than how to build and run technology.

Entrepreneurs With A Great Idea Need A Great Partner

Startup Professionals Musings

It only takes one person come up with a great startup idea, but in my experience as an investor, it’s a rare entrepreneur who has all the skills and resources to build a business as well as a solution. It’s fine for one to be the visible head of the company, but if you look at recent great successes of recent times, almost always there is a partner behind the scenes who was key to making the right things happen. Do online research on crowdfunding and partner dating sites.

7 Whirlwind New Venture Partner Marriages To Avoid

Startup Professionals Musings

Image via Pixabay Most entrepreneurs who start a company alone soon come to the conclusion that two heads are better than one – someone to share the workload, the hard decisions, and the costs. If you think about it, you should realize that not everyone is ‘ideal partner material.’ Most of us learn that fact from other partner relationships, like dating and marriage. marriage new venture partner relationships

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. After some reflection, I now realize these attributes are necessary but not sufficient to be an ideal business partner. Other attributes of a great business partner, such as real experience and near opposite ends of the age spectrum, may actually be counter to ones you look for in a spouse. Too many entrepreneurs later see their partners as working against them.

5 Key Success Attributes For An Aspiring Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

As an entrepreneur mentor, my mission is to foster the attributes in you as a startup founder that I believe will lead to success. For example, I worked with an entrepreneur a while back who was clearly intelligent, had a great idea, and communicated well.

How Do You Determine Which Partners Will Fuel Your Success?

ReadWriteStart

Partners can extend a company’s reach, add new audiences, enhance its value, expand its capabilities, and even boost its reputation by association. The post How Do You Determine Which Partners Will Fuel Your Success? Deals Entrepreneurs Fintech Grow Lead Startups Structure business ceo Entrepreneur entrepreneurship leader partner partnershipMost leaders have been bombarded by the idea that business partnerships are vital to their success.

10 Keys To Finding That Perfect-Fit Business Partner

Startup Professionals Musings

In my experience, the initial idea for a new product usually comes from a single entrepreneur, but the implementation plan for a new business requires a team, or at least a co-founder. The challenge is how to find that elusive perfect-fit partner. As a mentor to aspiring business owners, I often get asked to find that partner for them, since founders are usually too busy with their solution. In fact, your ideal partner may also be an investor.

7 Reasons To Turn The Enemy Into A Strategic Partner

Startup Professionals Musings

Entrepreneurs seem to have blinders on when looking at competitors. Both partners must not forget they are still competitors. No entrepreneur has all the insights they need, and none should be so arrogant as to assume they hold all the cards. While most entrepreneurs think of strategic partnerships as big company deals, it actually works better for small companies. business competitor partner strategy

7 Partner Relationships That Can Kill A Good Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

Most entrepreneurs who start a company alone soon come to the conclusion that two heads are better than one – someone to share the workload, the hard decisions, and the costs. If you think about it, you should realize that not everyone is ‘ideal partner material.’ Most of us learn that fact from other partner relationships, like dating and marriage. It works much better when one partner is the visionary, and the other is the pragmatic “get it done today” kind of person.

Non-Technical Entrepreneurs Need the Right Partner

Startup Professionals Musings

I often hear the qualms of business-smart but non-technical entrepreneurs, wondering if they really have a chance in this high-technology marketplace. The simple answer is to find a business partner, not an “implementer,” who already has the technical experience you need, and is willing and able to run that side of the business. Focus on finding the right partner to double your strength rather than dilute it. hiring entrepreneur startup CEO business

8 Unpublicized Strategies From Serious Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

The message I hear publicly from most entrepreneurs is that you have to think outside the box and take big risks to ever beat the odds and be among the less than ten percent that experience real success. Serious entrepreneurs will privately admit the business is first, and the family second.

[Interview] Christopher Kape, Vancouver Executive, President of JAMCO Capital Partners

YoungUpstarts

Vancouver executive Christopher Kape is an entrepreneur and venture capitalist who founded JAMCO Capital Partners , an early-stage investment and strategic advisory firm that focuses on a number of industries, including gaming, high-tech, food and wellness.

[INTERVIEW] Brandon Seigel, President, Wellness Works Management Partners, Madison, Wisconsin

YoungUpstarts

Now, with his business Wellness Works Management Partners, Brandon manages multiple private practices and consults with entrepreneurs and health practitioners worldwide. Describe your professional background and how it led you to create Wellness Works Management Partners. My entire life I’ve been surrounded by entrepreneurs. I grew up with grandfathers that were successful entrepreneurs and raised me with the viewpoint that entrepreneurship is truly the American Dream.

10 Partner Qualities to Test Before Sharing Equity

Startup Professionals Musings

The feedback was good, but some readers asked me to be a bit more specific on attributes that might indicate an ideal startup partner. In this context, I’m broadening the definition of partner from co-founder to “business partner.” The reason is that good attributes apply equally well to “external” partners, as they do to internal partners, like a co-founder or CTO. You may be too independent to be partner material.

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Kara Nortman Was Just Promoted to Co-Managing Partner at Upfront Ventures. Here’s What it All Means

Both Sides of the Table

Today we’re announcing that my partner Kara Nortman is becoming Co-Managing Partner at Upfront Ventures and I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to welcome her to her new role. Please help me welcome Kara into her role as Co-Managing Partner.

7 Ways That Startup Competitors Can Win By Partnering

Startup Professionals Musings

Entrepreneurs seem to have blinders on when looking at competitors. Both partners must not forget they are still competitors. No entrepreneur has all the insights they need, and none should be so arrogant as to assume they hold all the cards. While most entrepreneurs think of strategic partnerships as big company deals, it actually works better for small companies. competitors coopetition entrepreneurs partners startups

Announcing Upfront Ventures’ Newest Partner — Kobie Fuller

Both Sides of the Table

Kobie Fuller, Partner at Upfront Ventures We set out to build a venture capital firm that would not only be a beacon for the rapidly growing LA tech ecosystem but also one that would compete and collaborate nationally with the best firms in the country. To do that you need to have the most talented partners and operating staff because entrepreneurs (and venture capital funds) have choices about whom they will work with and the best deals go to the best firms.

Stephen Braverman: An Entrepreneur Success Story

The Startup Magazine

His latest success is Dignity Gold which was founded in 2019 by Braverman and his partner Kent Swig. The company was well known for its order delivery system, Liquidity book, and NYSE partner. The financial world has seen some very successful people in the past few decades.

6 Traits to Look for When Choosing a Business Partner

Up and Running

Finding a business partner. We turned to the experts at the Young Entrepreneur Council for their advice on what to look for in a potential business partner; here are the six areas they said were most important. 6 essential traits to seek in a potential business partner. Let’s start with the obvious—the last thing you want is a partner that can’t be counted on. “A Beyond skill sets, look also for partners with complementary personality traits.

Don’t Say ‘I Do’ To A Business Partner Before Reading This

YFS Magazine

As an entrepreneur, you may consider getting a business partner or co-founder. Lead business partners leadership partnerships strategic partnershipsHere's an inside look at the advantages and disadvantages of partnerships.

Elizabeth Yin Founder & General Partner At Hustle Fund, Founder LaunchBit Sold To BuySellAds.com (VC EP8)

Entrepreneurs-Journey.com by Yaro Starak

Elizabeth Yin is the co-founder and General Partner of a venture capital firm that, and I quote from their website, invests in “hilariously early startups” Hustle Fund typically invests $25,000 as a starting point into startups that have yet to show any revenues.

Ten Attributes of Your Ideal Business Partner

Startup Professionals Musings

The feedback was good, but some readers asked me to be a bit more specific on attributes that might indicate an ideal business partner. In this article, I’m broadening the definition of partner from co-founder to “business partner.” The reason is that good attributes apply equally well to “external” partners, as they do to internal partners, like a co-founder or CTO. You may be too independent to be partner material.

7 Steps To Greater Satisfaction As A New Entrepreneur

Startup Professionals Musings

In my role as mentor to many of you aspiring entrepreneurs, I often find you convinced that all you need to start is a unique innovation or idea , and now you are ready to jump in with both feet and enjoy the ride. Actively share info with entrepreneur peers.

Ten Steps in Choosing the Right Startup Partner

Startup Professionals Musings

If you are a first-time entrepreneur, I often recommend that you team with a co-founder with experiences, connections, and a skill set that complements, but doesn’t duplicate yours. Even experienced entrepreneurs need a partner to strengthen their position. The question is how to find that elusive perfect-fit partner. First, I will admit there is no magic formula here, just like in real life when trying to find a relationship partner.

10 Entrepreneur Myths That Need Not Dilute Your Focus

Startup Professionals Musings

Most of you aspiring entrepreneurs probably have long searched for that special idea that will catapult you and your startup to success. True entrepreneurs are born, not made. It’s true that some people are natural risk-takers, but these often do not make the best entrepreneurs.

[INTERVIEW] Mark Attanasio, Toronto Financial Services Executive, Managing Partner Of Hillcrest Merchant Partners

YoungUpstarts

Today, Mark Attanasio gets to flex his full range of expertise and interests as co-founder and Managing Partner of Hillcrest Merchant Partners, a Toronto-based merchant bank focused on early stage and mid market growth companies. Hillcrest Merchant Partners concentrates on investing their own capital in early stage companies, and advisory areas that include equity and debt structuring, reverse takeovers, M&A advisory and private to public processes.

5 Entrepreneur Exasperations To Moderate Your Passion

Startup Professionals Musings

The best part of being an entrepreneur is having the independence to make your own decisions, the flexibility for a better work/life balance, and personal satisfaction from driving change. You continually get frustrated with your team members, customers, vendors, and partners.

A Startup Partner Needs More Than a Good Resume

Startup Professionals Musings

A while back I talked about how and where to find a co-founder in “ Ten Steps in Choosing the Right Startup Partner ”. The feedback was good, but some readers asked me to be a bit more specific on attributes that might indicate an ideal startup partner. In this context, I’m broadening the definition of partner from co-founder to “business partner.” You may be too independent to be partner material. Partner decisions are more important than hiring decisions.

10 Key Traits Of An Ideal Entrepreneur Partner

Gust

The feedback was good, but some readers asked me to be a bit more specific on attributes that might indicate an ideal startup partner. In this context, I’m broadening the definition of partner from co-founder to “business partner.” The reason is that good attributes apply equally well to “external” partners, as they do to internal partners, like a co-founder or CTO. You may be too independent to be partner material.

Bolstering the Partner Ranks at GRP

Both Sides of the Table

It is with great pleasure that I can finally announce that we have added Greg Bettinelli as a partner at GRP Partners. This is exactly the brand that GRP Partners wants to embody. We both wanted to build a practice that would make Los Angeles proud but where we would travel tirelessly to other locations to make investments in the best entrepreneurs wherever they were. We knew he had to be an investment partner. He is an investment partner exactly like I am.

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. Entrepreneurs have a reputation for trying to do it all singlehandedly. For this reason, you might consider working with a business partner. Not only does having a business partner distribute some of the work, it gives you someone to bounce ideas off of, the benefit of an additional skill set, and a colleague who feels as passionately about your business idea as you do.

Future Business Growth Drives A New Partner Paradigm

Startup Professionals Musings

The new paradigm, driven by disruptive technologies, cloud-served supercomputing, and the new generation of young adults with global empathy, is partnering and giving something now for a competitive advantage in the future. Another new partnering model is the IBM Watson Group $1 billion investment to share cloud-based development and super-computing tools. Find partners who can do what you cannot do alone. Bob Johansen entrepreneur Karl Ronn partnership reciprocity advantag

How to Pick a Partner Who Will Amplify Your Efforts

Startup Professionals Musings

Very few entrepreneurs have the range of skills and experience to be the solution creator as well as business creator, or operational as well as sales leader. The challenge is to recognize and recruit that ideal partner match early with minimal cost and risk. In fact, I would broaden the definition of partner from co-founder to “business partner.” Some people are too independent to be partner material. Neither partner needs to be managed.

8 Ways Entrepreneurs Keep Ahead Of Business Change

Startup Professionals Musings

Sometimes entrepreneurs are so focused on making change happen for customers that they forget that continually changing themselves and their company is equally important. Negative advice on an unknown is easy and safe to give, so every entrepreneur hears it over and over.

How to Make Partner Marketing Work for You

Duct Tape Marketing

How to Make Partner Marketing Work for You written by John Jantsch read more at Duct Tape Marketing. On this episode of the Duct Tape Marketing Podcast, I sit down with founder and CEO of the performance marketing agency Acceleration Partners, Robert Glazer.

Welcoming the Newest Partner to Upfront Ventures

Both Sides of the Table

Today is amongst the proudest days I’ve had at Upfront Ventures — getting the chance to announce that Kevin Zhang has been promoted to Partner. It’s very easy in venture capital when you’ve seen thousands of companies have read thousands of decks and spreadsheets and been to numerous conferences and exchanged ideas with other investors and entrepreneurs to feel like “you know better” and that’s precisely what we try to encourage Team Upfront not to feel or how not to behave.

[Singapore] ACE Appoints 12 Funding, Incubation Partners

YoungUpstarts

Singapore-based Action Community for Entrepreneurship (ACE) announced late last week during business competition ideas.inc that it has identified 12 partners to assist in helping at least 100 new and aspiring entrepreneurs over the next three years get off their feet and start businesses. The 12 partners, who mainly come from the educational sector, looks to provide funding and mentorship support and help these first time entrepreneurs grow their ideas into sustainable businesses.

Suggestions for Spouses Whose Partner Is Depressed

Feld Thoughts

“I read your blog every day and have read your book on living with an entrepreneur. I think this applies to anyone who has a partner with a major illness – a stroke, cancer, Alzheimer’s, or depression. You are already pouring an enormous amount of your energy into your partner and not much, if anything, is coming back. When your partner lashes out at you, absorb it rather than escalate. When your partner is non-responsive to you, be patient.

[Interview] Donato Sferra Of Toronto’s Hillcrest Merchant Partners

YoungUpstarts

Today, Sferra leads Hillcrest Merchant Partners, a Toronto-based merchant bank and venture capital firm focused on early stage and mid-market growth companies, which he co-founded with fellow managing partner, Mark Attanasio. One of my friend’s fathers was a very successful entrepreneur and I would pepper him with questions every chance I had. Hillcrest Merchant Partners is already involved with some of the top companies in the cannabis space.