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Founder-Investor Fit

VC Cafe

A couple of weeks ago I was did a fireside chat with Alon Grinshpoon, founder and CEO of Echo3D , a CDN and CMS for 3D content in the cloud and a Remagine Ventures portfolio company, as part of an entrepreneurial finance MBA class in Tel Aviv University. How can founders evaluate trust?

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5 Business Growth Drivers Facilitated By A Co-Founder

Startup Professionals Musings

Thus, in my mentoring of potential technical entrepreneurs who have a real passion for their technology, I often recommend that they find a co-founder who can manage the marketing and execution elements of the new venture. business growth co-founder drivers partner relationships

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Do Founders Really Need Mentors?

YoungUpstarts

Do founders really need mentors? The post Do Founders Really Need Mentors? Thinking Aloud entrepreneur advice founders mentorsI’ve explored the answer to the question here. If you’re interested, hop in. appeared first on Young Upstarts.

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Female Founder Interview – Olga Camargo Leads Latinas Fintech Advisory

The Startup Magazine

Today we present Olga Camargo as part of The Startup Magazine’s Female Founder Interview series. Olga has a great story as CEO and Founder of SHENIX , a Chicago-based fintech app company focused on financial education and advisory services for Latinas.

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In Q4 2022, founders face tough choices

VC Cafe

It’s a tough time for a lot of startup founders right now. This is not meant to be a negative post, but rather a temperature check of today’s market environment and the levers founders can pull on to survive this period. What is a founder to do?

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10 Key Business Founder Checks Needed Before The Plan

Startup Professionals Musings

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Leading Business Transformation – Featured Founder Mitul Ruparelia

The Startup Magazine

Each engagement is personally undertaken by their founder and principal, Mitul. Mitul Ruparelia – Founder, Citius Partners. The post Leading Business Transformation – Featured Founder Mitul Ruparelia appeared first on The Startup Magazine.

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Thoughts on Repeat Founders

View from Seed

Since the inception of NextView, we’ve had a reasonably even distribution between backing first time founders and founders who had started a company with success in the past. Backing a repeat founder has some amazing positives.

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How To Prevent Your Founder’s Shares From Vaporizing

Startup Professionals Musings

When an entrepreneur first incorporates a business, they may find themselves the proud owner of 10 million shares of common stock, commonly called founder’s shares. Key founder vesting should have no cliff. Facilitate an upgrade of founder’s common to founder’s preferred.

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Female Founder Interview: Amy Wilhelmi, Entrepreneur, Author, and Athlete

The Startup Magazine

As part of our Female Founder series , The Startup Magazine caught up with Amy Wilhelmi. TSM: With all of your experience helping goal-setters and as an entrepreneur yourself, what is the most important advice you can offer other startup founders?

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Cram Down – A Test of Character for VCs and Founders

Steve Blank

They offered desperate founders more cash but insisted on new terms, rewriting all the old stock agreements that previous investors and employees had. W hy would any founder agree to this? No founder is prepared to watch their company crumble beneath them.

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7 Leadership Opportunities Founders Must Never Ignore

Startup Professionals Musings

I hear too often from business owners and entrepreneurs that they are bombarded by so many requests and problems, that they have trouble sorting out the daily crises from opportunities with a major payback for the business.

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Founder Interview: Salo Sterental, Co-Founder of SoStereo, Marketing with Music

The Startup Magazine

As part of our Founder interview series , The Startup Magazine caught up with Salo Sterental, Co-Founder of the SoStereo, a marketing firm that enables brands and artists alike to unlock the marketing power of music. SoStereo co-founder, Salo Sterental.

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9 Qualities Every Startup Founder Must Have

YoungUpstarts

However, you must have the right traits to become a successful startup founder. . The post 9 Qualities Every Startup Founder Must Have appeared first on Young Upstarts. It's almost everyone's dream to become an entrepreneur.

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10 Leadership Traits To Inspire Every Startup Founder

Startup Professionals Musings

People who have been followers too long as an employee don’t realize how hard it is to be a leader.

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How seed/pre-seed founders choose between VCs

VC Cafe

Frontline Ventures conducted a survey of 206 global startup founders , revealing which factors are the most important to pre-seed and seed founders when choosing between VCs. Understanding of the sector is the most important factor for founders when choosing a VC in seed/pre-seed.

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Founder Interview: Alejandro Russo, Building the Candela Spiced Rum Brand

The Startup Magazine

For the next entry in The Startup Magazine’s founder interview series , we are featuring Alejandro Russo, founder of Candela Mamajuana. TSM: What is the most important thing you can tell other startup founders? Alejandro Russo, Founder & CEO, Candela Mamajuana.

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7 First Impression Negatives Every Founder Must Avoid

Startup Professionals Musings

Relationships are the key to survival and success for entrepreneurs, and first impressions usually turn into lasting impressions.

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10 Startup Founder Decisions That Have No Good Answer

Startup Professionals Musings

Most entrepreneurs struggle with many startup founders quandaries in building their business, and these key dilemmas are probably the biggest source of pain and failure for the entrepreneur lifestyle. Should you start a company solo or find co-founders to help you?

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Why Successful Startups Often Have A Pair Of Founders

Startup Professionals Musings

co-founders entrepreneur inventor startup successIn my work with new startups, I often find people who believe that the terms “ entrepreneur ” and “ inventor ” are interchangeable. Yet I find a big difference between “starting a new business” and “creating a new product.”

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10 Rosh Hashanah Resolutions for Startup Founders

VC Cafe

The past year was a wild ride for startups and founders, giving a whole new meaning to the ”rollercoaster” aspect of being an entrepreneur. Patrick Collison , self-made billionaire founder of Stripe. Bill Gates , founder of Microsoft. Eynat Guez, founder and CEO of Papaya Global.

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8 Traits Of The Most Highly Creative Startup Founders

Startup Professionals Musings

An entrepreneur is literally “one who creates a new business.” The best new businesses are ones that have never been done before, so mastering creativity and recognizing creativity are key skills and mindsets. But how does one recognize and nurture creativity in a person or team?

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3 Founder’s Secrets To Surprisingly Effective Meetings

YoungUpstarts

The post 3 Founder’s Secrets To Surprisingly Effective Meetings appeared first on Young Upstarts. CT Leong of EngageRocket offers some tips to help you get right on track to having more effective meetings for yourself and your teams.

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[Interview] Bardya Ziaian, Founder Of Bardya Pictures Ltd

YoungUpstarts

The post [Interview] Bardya Ziaian, Founder Of Bardya Pictures Ltd appeared first on Young Upstarts. Bardya Ziaian recently embraced his life-long passion and became a film producer and actor by launching his film company, Bardya Pictures Ltd.

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Why startup founders make great investors

The Startup Magazine

By Roei Samuel, Founder and CEO at Connectd. Much like a train journey has multiple stops where passengers get on and off at different stations, startup founders and startup investors are largely on the same track, just at different stops along the way.

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7 Insights From Founders Who Have Been There Before

Startup Professionals Musings

When you have been on the startup firing line, you quickly learn that any insight from experts and entrepreneurs who have been there before you can make the difference between failure and success. Yet, many new entrepreneurs brazenly assume they are bulletproof, and march blindly into the fray.

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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. The taboo has largely faded, though, as many MBA-founded startups have bubbled to the top, and we at NextView even validated that there is no conflict between attending business school and founding a company with a previous blog post about Harvard MBA founders.

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[Interview] Tyler York, Co-founder And CEO Of Achievable

YoungUpstarts

The post [Interview] Tyler York, Co-founder And CEO Of Achievable appeared first on Young Upstarts. We recently sat down with Tyler York of Achievable to talk about his journey with entrepreneurship, and the challenges of starting one's own business.

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Female Founder Interview: Latina Leader Elizabeth Colón

The Startup Magazine

As part of The Startup Magazine Female Founder series , we sat down with award-winning entrepreneur Elizabeth Colón. The post Female Founder Interview: Latina Leader Elizabeth Colón appeared first on The Startup Magazine.

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Female Founder Interview – Claudia Freed, CEO of Non-Profit EALgreen

The Startup Magazine

As part of our Female Founder series , The Startup Magazine caught up with Claudia Freed, CEO of the Wheaton Illinois-based nonprofit EALgreen. The post Female Founder Interview – Claudia Freed, CEO of Non-Profit EALgreen appeared first on The Startup Magazine.

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Founder’s Choice VC Firm Ranking

Feld Thoughts

I got the following note from Roy Bahat at Bloomberg Beta a while ago about a new approach called Founder’s Choice. We and a few other firms sponsored a “founders choice” version of the Midas List, with a legit (IMHO) rating methodology, built by two Penn students. For example, we send to all our founders and say “please fill this out and give us high scores.” The post Founder’s Choice VC Firm Ranking appeared first on Brad Feld.

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5 Reasons Two Founders As A Team Are Better Than One

Startup Professionals Musings

Due to founder visibility, the team is so tuned in to the visionary and current direction that every turn to the right to pursue a new idea turns the whole team to the right. benefit co-founders gino wickman

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500 Founders: Luke Campbell, Marta Meszaros, Andy Bowie & Abbe Hyde

NZ Entrepreneur

Welcome to ‘500 Founders’ where we ask innovators from around New Zealand for their top insights for first time startup founders. Startup founders should connect with other founders at similar stages to them, and ones who are a few steps ahead.”.

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7 Characteristics Of Startup Founders Who Enjoy Life

Startup Professionals Musings

As an angel investor and a mentor to aspiring entrepreneurs, I’m always disappointed to see founders who seem stressed out most of the time, and more annoyed than energized by the abundance of challenges they see in building their startup.

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Introducing Trust, and the Importance of Product-Founder Fit

Both Sides of the Table

founders, marketers, investors?—?and As a VC, one of the key things I’m looking for in any new investor is “product-founder fit” e.g. does this founder have an insight or advantage that makes them uniquely suited to successfully build this product and business?

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8 Ways New Venture Founders Create Whole New Markets

Startup Professionals Musings

The ultimate compliment that any entrepreneur can get is that they can “see around corners.” This is a statement that they are willing and able (and successful) at projecting market and technology turns, not just straight-line innovations.

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The Demographics Of New Venture Founders Are Changing

Startup Professionals Musings

Additionally, research has revealed that the average age of the founders of technology companies in the United States is a surprisingly high 39 - with twice as many over age 50 as under age 25.

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Gust Educational Resources for Founders and Startups

Gust

Founders, the passionate entrepreneurs pouring all of their efforts into building their ventures, had questions about how to properly set up their startups. The post Gust Educational Resources for Founders and Startups appeared first on Gust.

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The Startup Founders Pitch Toolbox

Gust

Startup founders need to be Jacks or Jills of All Trades. But the single most important role of the founder is to be an effective communicator. The founder needs to paint a mind-picture of a […]. The post The Startup Founders Pitch Toolbox appeared first on Gust.

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The Startup Founders Pitch Toolbox

Gust

Startup founders need to be Jacks or Jills of All Trades. But the single most important role of the founder is to be an effective communicator. The founder needs to paint a mind-picture of a […]. The post The Startup Founders Pitch Toolbox appeared first on Gust.

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500 Founders: Rick Kiessig, Hannah Hunt, Matthew Jackson & Jenni Matheson

NZ Entrepreneur

Welcome to ‘500 Founders’ where we ask innovators from around New Zealand for their top insights for first time startup founders. The post 500 Founders: Rick Kiessig, Hannah Hunt, Matthew Jackson & Jenni Matheson appeared first on NZ Entrepreneur Magazine.

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Female Founder Interview: Rebecca Kacaba Simplifies Capital Raising with Dealmaker

The Startup Magazine

As part of our Female Founder series , The Startup Magazine caught up with Rebecca Kacaba , CEO and Co-Founder of the capital raising platform DealMaker (DealMaker.tech). Rebecca: As a founder, raising capital is extremely difficult.

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6 Founder Actions That Can Kill A Promising Business

Startup Professionals Musings

In my experience as an advisor to entrepreneurs, business startup founders most often point to a shortage of funds as the primary cause of their startup failure. Yet I often see evidence that points right back at the founder or business owner, attempting to maintain excessive power and influence over of the effort, leading to a wide range of problems and a dysfunctional team. Co-founder and advisors are picked from loyal associates.

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