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.

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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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.

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?

Founder Interview: Richard Lavina Innovating Accounting Services with Taxfyle

The Startup Magazine

The Startup Magazine continues our Founder Interview series with entrepreneur Richard Lavina, Co-Founder and CEO of accounting services platform, Taxfyle. Richard Lavina, CPA, Co-Founder and CEO of Taxfyle. TSM: What is the most important thing you tell other startup founders?

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.”

Founders Interview: Digital Marketing Turning Brands into Icons – UKONIK

The Startup Magazine

As part of The Startup Magazine Founders Interview Series , we interviewed Luisa Mendoza and Tim Carter—CEO and COO of UKONIK —a true startup that began early this year. TSM: What is the most important thing you tell other startup founders?

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.

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.

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

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.

Female Founder Interview: Jeannette Collazo and IT Project Management

The Startup Magazine

Here’s another from The Startup Magazine Female Founder Series. The post Female Founder Interview: Jeannette Collazo and IT Project Management appeared first on The Startup Magazine. We interviewed Ms.

8 Priorities For Venture Founders Who Aim For The Top

Startup Professionals Musings

One of the biggest challenges in changing your lifestyle from an employee to starting your own business, is focusing on the right ownership elements, versus having a boss who sets the business goals, and provides performance feedback.

10 Entrepreneur Podcasts Every Founder Should Listen To

ReadWriteStart

Here are ten entrepreneur podcasts every founder should listen to. The post 10 Entrepreneur Podcasts Every Founder Should Listen To appeared first on ReadWrite. Entrepreneurs Learn ReadWrite Startups founders Podcasts

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.

Founder Interview – Ola Sars of Music-Tech Leader, Soundtrack Your Brand

The Startup Magazine

As part of our Founder Interview series, The Startup Magazine caught up with entrepreneur Ola Sars, Founder and CEO of music-tech leader, Soundtrack Your Brand. Ola Sars, Founder and CEO of Soundtrack Your Brand.

Why we look for mission-driven founders

Version One Ventures

We updated our investment thesis a few months ago…we invest in mission-driven founders at the earliest stages. Since that time, we’ve been asked how we define a mission-driven founder. Let’s start with why we’re focusing on mission-driven founders right now.

Founder Interview: Peter Agarwal Innovates with Green Lighting Solutions

The Startup Magazine

Here’s another from The Startup Magazine Founder Series. The post Founder Interview: Peter Agarwal Innovates with Green Lighting Solutions appeared first on The Startup Magazine.

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10 Innovation Myths For New Venture Founders To Avoid

Startup Professionals Musings

entrepreneur founders innovation myths Vijay GovindarajanMost people think innovation is all about ideas, when in fact it is more about delivery, people, and process. Entrepreneurs looking to innovate need to understand the execution challenge if they expect their startup to carve out a profitable niche in the marketplace, and keep innovating to build and maintain a sustainable competitive advantage.

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.

What Is A Founder’s Real Legacy?

YoungUpstarts

A business’s founder is in a unique position. However, companies may outlive people, and when the founder decides it’s time to move on, they need to consider succession. It’s not something as simple as saying that founders need wills.

Founder Interview: Abraham Gin on Entrepreneurs and Leadership

The Startup Magazine

Here’s another from The Startup Magazine Founder Interview Series. The post Founder Interview: Abraham Gin on Entrepreneurs and Leadership appeared first on The Startup Magazine.

How Startup Founders Can Battle Insomnia

YoungUpstarts

Here are the four secrets to battling insomnia as a startup founder. Many startup founders work right until bedtime. There is no doubt that startup founders battle an enormous amount of stress. Many startup founders will drink alcohol to reduce their stress levels.

Tapestry – Weaving Stronger Co-Founder Partnerships

Eric Friedman

To help teams answer this question I have collaborated with Steve Schlafman to create a product – an exercise, to be completed by those founders building a company. Today we are launching a way for co-founders and founding teams to understand themselves and each other better.

Founder Interview: Jim Elliott – Volunteer to NonProfit Entrepreneur

The Startup Magazine

As a great example, we had a chance to interview, Jim Elliott, Founder and President of Diveheart. Jim Elliott, Founder and President, Diveheart.org. The post Founder Interview: Jim Elliott – Volunteer to NonProfit Entrepreneur appeared first on The Startup Magazine.

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. After weeks honing the script and days of filming, I’m honored to present the “ Startups ” section of Founders School. These videos are not only great tutorials for founders but also provide educators another source of well produced and curated resources.

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’s co-founders and husband and wife team, Radha Vyas & Lee Thompson. Flash Pack co-founders Radha Vyas & Lee Thompson. The post Founders Interview: Flash Pack appeared first on The Startup Magazine.

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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. I am more and more convinced that it is the right founder behavior that leads to success, rather than some exceptional intelligence or training. In that context, startup founders should carefully review the points made by Denny F.

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. I’ve written about the root causes in an HBR article here and an expanded version here. Worth a read. Stanford eCorner captured a few minutes of what I’ve been thinking in the video below. If you can’t see the video click here. Family/Career/Culture

Founder Interview: Bill Walsh on Eliminating Small Business Failure

The Startup Magazine

Here’s more from The Startup Magazine Founder Interview series. We interviewed Bill Walsh, CEO/Founder of Business Coaching / Venture Capital firm Powerteam International. Bill hosts and speaks at events all over the world!

Founders Interview: Atlas Group London – ConstructionTech Transforming Healthcare

The Startup Magazine

As part of The Startup Magazine Founder Interview Series , we interviewed Maha and David Harper, wife and husband co-founders of Atlas Group London, a construction-tech startup that has digitized the building of healthcare facilities. Co-Founder & CEO. Co-Founder & COO.

8 Startup Situations Challenge Founder People Skills

Startup Professionals Musings

entrepreneur founder leadership startupMost entrepreneurs assume that success is dependent on their product expertise, coupled with some knowledge of how to run a business. In fact, I have found from personal experience and mentoring that both of these are necessary, but not sufficient, for building a business. Successful entrepreneurs today must practice human-centered leadership to compete and win.

Rethinking Founder Vesting

K9 Ventures

One of these norms is how founder vesting and employee vesting works. Here is a good summary post from Cooley GO on Founder Vesting. There are two main reasons for founder vesting: To ensure founders stick around and build the company. To protect the founders (and investors) when a member of the founding team separates from the company prematurely. IMHO the former — having a cliff, is better for founders than the latter — not having a cliff).

5 Startup Cost Realities Most Founders Underestimate

Startup Professionals Musings

Image via Flickr by Phil Gyford Starting a new venture still costs real money, even though the entry price has come down dramatically in last few decades. For example, I come from a software background, and back in the early PC days, it could easily cost half a million dollars for a team of professionals to produce a commercial product. Now, with powerful high-level tools and open source software, winning smartphone apps can be built by a good hacker for a few thousand dollars.

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Founders Mental Health in the Time of Covid

Feld Thoughts

Founders, who are already under immense pressure from many directions, now have to contend with that dynamic for themselves in an uncertain business environment, connected only by video conferencing and email to their teams, investors, and customers. Mental Health founders

Female Founder Interview: Debra Sunderland – Conscious Leadership Coaching

The Startup Magazine

Here’s more from The Startup Magazine Female Founder Series. Debra Sunderland, CEO and Founder of Sunderland Coaching, LLC. The post Female Founder Interview: Debra Sunderland – Conscious Leadership Coaching appeared first on The Startup Magazine.

Female Founder Interview: Nicole Price on the Performance and Health Benefits of Breathwork

The Startup Magazine

As part of The Startup Magazine’s Female Founder Interview series , we interviewed Nicole Price of the Chicago-based International Center for Breathwork. TSM: What is the most important thing you tell other startup founders?

Female Founder Interview: Adriana Rozo-Angulo, author of The Buoyant Business: How Simplicity Can Keep Organizations Afloat in a Stormy Economy

The Startup Magazine

As part of The Startup Magazine’s Female Founder Interview series , we interviewed Adriana Rozo-Angulo, founder of international consulting firm MAS Connections and author of The Buoyant Business: How Simplicity Can Keep Organizations Afloat in a Stormy Economy.

Meet Our Mission Driven Founders

Version One Ventures

In recent posts, we’ve outlined our updated thesis around backing mission driven founders and explained why we’ve doubled down on searching for such entrepreneurs. There is no substitute, however, for letting these exceptional founders speak for themselves.

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.

Female Founder Interview: Tanesha Lambert – Catalysts for Growth

The Startup Magazine

As part of The Startup Magazine Female Founder Series, we interviewed Ms. Tanesha is the founder and CEO of Intelquest, a business growth consultant in Naperville, Illinois. Lambert : We help founders bring relevant products and services to the marketplace.

Founder Interview: Dan Breier Helps Raise Funds for Charities

The Startup Magazine

Today we present Dan Breier as part of The Startup Magazine’s Founder Interview series. Dan has a great story as Founder of BreierSide Solutions , a charity consulting company in Sleepy Hollow, Illinois. Dan Breier, Founder, BreierSide Solutions.

Four Questions To Find The Perfect Co-founders

YFS Magazine

Starting a business with someone is a big step, and it’s incredibly important to make sure you work with the right people. Plan business partners cofounders partnerships starting a business