7 Whirlwind New Venture Partner Marriages To Avoid

Startup Professionals Musings

In a moment of crisis, you may be tempted to take on the first person expressing interest as a co-founder. 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.

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. However, the first time founders didn’t know that. 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.” That person is the real partner in the firm.

Introducing Our New Partner – Chris Moody

Feld Thoughts

We are excited to announce that Chris Moody is joining Foundry Group as a partner. When we started Foundry Group in 2006, we were very clear that we were not going to build a legacy venture capital firm; one meant to outlive its founders. There would be no generational planning, no transitions to younger partners, and no senior partner hold-outs who would hang onto economics well after they had stopped working. Foundry Group chris moody partners

7 Partner Relationships That Can Kill A Good Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

In a moment of crisis, you may be tempted to take on the first person expressing interest as a co-founder. 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.

Load Balancing Between VC Partners

Feld Thoughts

Fortunately, I’ve got amazing partners. But in 100% of the cases, we all know what is going on, have relationships with the founders and CEO, and can quickly engage and help wherever and whenever we bring something to the mix. As a result, we’ve always been active at moving primary responsibility for a company (which we define as a board seat) between partners. The post Load Balancing Between VC Partners appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

Entrepreneurs With A Great Idea Need A Great Partner

Startup Professionals Musings

Yet I meet inventors and startup founders every week who balk at the thought of sharing the founder position. Sometimes it’s just serendipity that brings the right players together, but more often it takes real effort, just like finding that perfect life relationship partner.

My Partners Blogging In 2017

Feld Thoughts

My partners Chris Moody , Seth Levine , and Lindel Eakman are all blogging right now. My other two partners, Ryan McIntyre and Jason Mendelson have blogged in the past, ut took a break in 2017. His longer thought pieces like The Feature -> Product -> Company Continuum , How to value your SaaS company , and Reading Your VC Pitch Meeting are must-read posts for me – and for every founder and company executive.

Women 2.0 Partners Google, Extends Founder Friday Events

YoungUpstarts

has announced that it is partnering search giant Google to support the startup and entrepreneurship ecosystem in the United States and around the world. has held over 200 Founder Friday events in 30 global cities. ” In the News Founder Friday Google San Francisco startup Women 2.0

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. business entrepreneur Eric Schmidt partner startup

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.

10 Partner Qualities to Test Before Sharing Equity

Startup Professionals Musings

A while back I talked about how and where to find a co-founder in “ For a Startup, Two Heads are Always Better Than One.” The feedback was good, but some readers asked me to be a bit more specific on attributes that might indicate an ideal startup partner.

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10 Key Traits Of An Ideal Entrepreneur Partner

Startup Professionals Musings

A while back I talked about how and where to find a co-founder in “ For a Startup, Two Heads are Always Better Than One ”. The feedback was good, but some readers asked me to be a bit more specific on attributes that might indicate an ideal startup partner.

10 Steps To Finding The Right Startup Co-Founder

Startup Professionals Musings

The right answer is to find a co-founder with complementary skills. Investors worry about a single entrepreneur getting overloaded, disabled or led astray, with no balancing and supporting partner. The challenge is how to find that elusive perfect-fit partner.

4 Ways To Resolve Co-Founder Conflict

YFS Magazine

Startup co-founder disputes are universal. Lead business partners co-founders communication leadershipIt’s just like any other close relationship–there are good moments, and there are times when you will disagree.

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.

How to Pick a Partner Who Will Amplify Your Efforts

Startup Professionals Musings

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.

Three Rules For Co-Founder Success

YFS Magazine

Grow Human Capital business partners co-founders partnership strategic partnershipsAfter signing paperwork to form our business, we soon learned that starting a business together was much like entering into a marriage.

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. I realize now that these two were near-perfect co-founders, with Bill having the technical passion, and Steve bringing the business experience from his prior stint at Procter and Gamble. The challenge is how to find that elusive perfect-fit partner.

Kindred Spirits – Our Investment In Founder Collective

Feld Thoughts

Lindel joined Foundry Group as a partner to lead the fund investing activity of Foundry Group Next. We’ve had the opportunity to work with Founder Collective’s partners – David Frankel, Eric Paley, and Micah Rosenbloom – over the years on several companies.

How VCs Think About Adding New Partners

Both Sides of the Table

After years of trying to persuade Kara Nortman to become a partner at Upfront Ventures I can officially announce now that she’s joined us effective immediately. People often ask me what VCs look for when we hire partners and many have asked how to become VCs themselves one day.

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. For this reason, you might consider working with a business partner. But, how can you find and cultivate a business partner relationship like that? Choose a partner you can trust. “A

10 Money Questions To Ask Your Potential Business Partner

YFS Magazine

Before you start a business with your best friend or split equity with co-founders, tackle some serious financial questions. Finance Grow business finance business partners cofounders money partnerships

Street-Smart Entrepreneurs Need High-Tech Partners

Startup Professionals Musings

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. I find that many entrepreneurs are so passionate about their own idea that they can’t stop selling it to potential partners.

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.

How To Fix Co-Founder Power Struggles

YFS Magazine

Lead business partners co-founders leadershipDeal with issues that might come up. Don’t lose sight of what’s best for your business just because you want to come out on top.

[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.

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.

10 Key Traits Of An Ideal Entrepreneur Partner

Gust

A while back I talked about how and where to find a co-founder in “ For a Startup, Two Heads are Always Better Than One ”. The feedback was good, but some readers asked me to be a bit more specific on attributes that might indicate an ideal startup partner.

Female Founders Breaking Barriers in the Bodywork Industry

The Startup Magazine

An interesting new way to create a solution for both consumers and massage therapists is the partnering of traditional massage with restorative yoga and other relaxation techniques. Contributed by: Yomassage entrepreneurs, co-founders Dr. Tiffany Ryan, PhD and Katherine Parker.

Forward Partners solo-founders office hours – 19th Sept

The Equity Kicker

We are holding our second open office hours for solo founders of ecompanies in the commerce ecosystem on 19th Sept. Pradeep explained the details last week on the Forward Partners blog , copied below. ——————– We will be holding Open Office Hours on September 19th to meet solo-founders of ecommerce companies at the idea stage. Are you a solo founder with an idea? Forward Partners

6 Qualities To Look For In A Startup Co-Founder

YFS Magazine

Like any great relationship, a co-founders should evolve as they face new challenges and opportunities. Look for these 6 qualities in a startup co-founder. Grow Human Capital business partners co-founders cofounders human capital partnership partnerships

5 Tips To Find The Business Partner Of Your Dreams

YFS Magazine

Starting a business with a co-founder is risky business without having the proper plans and expectations in place from day one. Uncategorized business partners co-founders couplepreneurs partnership

Ten Attributes of Your Ideal Business Partner

Startup Professionals Musings

A week ago I talked about how and where to find a co-founder in “ How to Select an Ideal Startup Co-Founder ”. The feedback was good, but some readers asked me to be a bit more specific on attributes that might indicate an ideal business partner.

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.

Mark Attanasio, Toronto Executive and Hillcrest Merchant Partners Co-Founder Discusses Entrepreneurial Leadership, Venture Capital Investment

Hearpreneur

Toronto’s Mark Attanasio , co-founder of Hillcrest Merchant Partners, has years of significant experience with advising clients on mergers and acquisitions raising capital and navigating the landscape of general capital markets. Hillcrest Merchant Partners with Donato Sferra.

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.

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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.”

Some Quick Things Every Founder Should Know

Both Sides of the Table

You get to have interesting conversations with founders and review business plans and then see how these businesses evolve over the years. A firm like ours has almost 100 different investments across all the various partners so we get to see some businesses very intimately.

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

View from Seed

Yet once the right firms are identified, I believe that the tougher challenge is to determine which partner at these firms to approach. Most firms have anywhere from a couple to up to a dozen or more partners listed on their websites. Are you a founder of an ecommerce startup?

How To Negotiate with Vendors, Partners And Employees

YoungUpstarts

by Ross Kimbarovsky, founder of crowdSPRING. Ross Kimbarovsky is founder and CEO at crowdSPRING and Startup Foundry. Not every entrepreneur or business owner is comfortable negotiating. Many dread the adversarial nature of negotiation.

Branding Tips that All Startup Founders Can Use

The Startup Magazine

You will need good partners, investors or sponsors who are willing to sustain your business in the long run. The post Branding Tips that All Startup Founders Can Use appeared first on The Startup Magazine. Starting a company is not all about the financial side of the story.

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. The post Female Founders: Role Models, Support Networks, and Confidence appeared first on The Startup Magazine.

8 Keys To Attracting The Right Technical Co-Founder

Startup Professionals Musings

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. I find that many entrepreneurs are so passionate about their own idea that they can’t stop selling it to potential partners.