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.’

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.” business entrepreneur partner startup traits

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.

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. Do online research on crowdfunding and partner dating sites.

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? entrepreneurs high-tech startups street-smart

[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.

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. business competitor partner strateg

10 Key Traits Of An Ideal Entrepreneur Partner

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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.”

Tough Competitors Are Your Best Strategic Partners

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.

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.’

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. When your partner is non-responsive to you, be patient.

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.

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 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.

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?

[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. You also talk about challenges to entrepreneurs.

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. Focus on finding the right partner to double your strength rather than dilute it. hiring entrepreneur startup CEO business

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.”

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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. How do you know if your partner is “the one”?

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.

[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. Do you have any recommendations for young entrepreneurs?

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.

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.”

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. Find partners who can do what you cannot do alone.

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.

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.

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 knew he had to be an investment partner. He is an investment partner exactly like I am.

Should You Hook Up With A Partner Or Stay Single?

YoungUpstarts

And overcoming the start up stages of the business iss every entrepreneur’s pride. One of the most important decisions every business owner have to deal with during the initial stages is whether to find a business partner or not. by Geordie Killen, CEO of Control Fire Protection.

[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.

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. We are sparring partners, not “deciders.”

10 Entrepreneur Attributes That Will Make You A Star

Startup Professionals Musings

Elon Musk via Flickr by TED Conference To be successful as an entrepreneur, you don’t have to be a fabulous person, but it helps. Some people, and some entrepreneurs, have that something extra that you can’t quite put your finger on, like Ryan Seacrest is searching for on American Idol.

VC Partner Sweet Spot: The Always-Sometimes-Never Rules for Pitching the Right Investor

View from Seed

For entrepreneurs setting out to raise a round of VC financing, with some diligent research, it’s reasonably straightforward to put together a list of target firms to pitch. Most firms have anywhere from a couple to up to a dozen or more partners listed on their websites.

How To Negotiate with Vendors, Partners And Employees

YoungUpstarts

Not every entrepreneur or business owner is comfortable negotiating. I’ve negotiated with thousands of people (for 13 years as an attorney and for the past 10 as an entrepreneur and business owner). by Ross Kimbarovsky, founder of crowdSPRING.

Upfront Ventures Adds Hamet Watt as New Investment Partner

Both Sides of the Table

I am thrilled to announce that we have added Hamet Watt as a Partner at Upfront Ventures. But as sweet as that success has been (we invested pre-revenue in a small team) today my even more important news was the further expansion of our partner ranks. He will be a venture partner.

Forward Partners new website

The Equity Kicker

We wanted something which showcased our belief in the importance of good design and which explained what makes Forward Partners unique and hopefully this does that in spades. The screen grab above is a picture of our new website.

8 All Too Painful Entrepreneur Negotiation Mistakes

Startup Professionals Musings

For example, one of the first decisions that most of you entrepreneurs face is how much equity to give to early investors, co-founders, and key new hires. business entrepreneur mistakes negotiation Samuel Dinnar

10 Winning Steps for Finding a Job or a Partner

Startup Professionals Musings

If you are not starting one yourself, the next best thing is joining one as a partner, or as an early employee. It takes much the same preparation to make you the best entrepreneur, or the best job candidate. entrepreneur startup employment career business

Why You Should Background Check Your Business Partner

YoungUpstarts

If you don’t perform a background check on your potential partner before doing business with him, you’re setting yourself up to get duped. It’s imperative to perform a due diligence check before entering into any business relationship — especially for an entrepreneur.

Pros And Cons Of Starting A Business With Partners Over 50

YFS Magazine

Are there noticeable age gaps amongst partners? Here are the pros and cons for young entrepreneurs starting a company with teammates over the age of 50. Company Culture cofounders company culture

Opportunity Hub Partners with Capital Factory To Bridge Opportunity Gap

Austin Startup

With a concentration on providing a more diverse workforce, Capital Factory and Opportunity Hub are partnering in 2019 to converge on the Austin tech scene this spring at SXSW.

Forward’s offer to our idea stage partners

The Equity Kicker

Regular readers will know that it’s the level of support we provide to our partner companies that makes Forward different from conventional venture capital – particularly at the idea stage. How we partner with idea stage entrepreneurs from Forward Partners. In all areas at Forward Partners we constantly strive to better ourselves, and that is particularly true when it comes to helping our idea stage partners, so please read and feed back.

Benchmark’s Newest General Partner Chetan Puttagunta

abovethecrowd.com

The partners at Benchmark are pleased to announce Chetan Puttagunta has joined the firm as our newest General Partner. Nearly 15 years ago one of Benchmark’s founding partners, Kevin Harvey, saw the skills of a young Peter Fenton on a board they shared. As the Benchmark partners got to know Chetan better, it became clear that his infectious curiosity, analytical rigor, and boundless energy to serve entrepreneurs fit perfectly with our culture.

Making Forward Partners a company we are proud of: Our culture

The Equity Kicker

Forward Partners is a venture firm, but the size of our startup team and the way we support our partner companies makes us very different from conventional venture capitalists. But secondly, it’s important that Forward Partners is a great place to work.