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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.

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.

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.

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.

Founder Fights in Boulder

Feld Thoughts

The final event at Boulder Startup Week a few months ago was Founder Fights. A bunch of founders got in a boxing ring for a real, USA Boxing sanctioned event (three rounds, two minutes each). The post Founder Fights in Boulder appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

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.

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

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Silverton Partners Plans to Raise $100 Million Venture Capital Fund

SiliconHills

Silverton Partners, a venture capital firm founded in 2005, is raising a $100 million Silverton Partners V fund, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Austin-based venture capital firm lists Adam Chibib, Michael Dodd, Morgan Flagler and Kip McClanahan as its general partners.

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?

3 Tricks to Resolving Conflicts Between Startup Co-Founders

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

But conflicts between startup co-founders can put everyone out of a job. Unfortunately, an estimated 62 percent of all startup companies will go this route, thanks to co-founder conflict. In most cases, co-founder conflict can be handily avoided by selecting the right co-founders.

A Critique of VC, Founders, and Tech

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

This talk by Maciej Ceglowski (the founder of Pinboard among other things) is mostly a discussion of ad:tech and privacy issues. It raises a number of interesting points and echoes a view of ad blockers that my partner Albert has convinced me is correct (that they are a logical extension of the user agent concept embedded in web browsers). But the most biting critique is saved for the end of the talk and aimed at the VC and founder communities and the tech sector more broadly.

When Should Startup Founders Discuss Valuation with Seed VCs?

View from Seed

Sharing these pricing expectations early with potential lead investors fundamentally qualifies your conversations, but it also runs the risk of prematurely losing a potential financing partner, or else it can reduce options to maximize your fundraise outcome. So What Should Founders Do?

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 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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8 Entrepreneur Challenges Founders Don’t Anticipate

Startup Professionals Musings

Entrepreneurs who love to invent new things, but hate business, need to find the right partners before embarking down the path to a new business.

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

How To Find the Right Co-Founders?

Steve Blank

How do you figure out what’s the right mix of skills for the co-founders of your startup? “After reading your post on Why Founders Should Know How to Code it looks like web/mobile startups have it easy. Trying to figure out what the right set of co-founders isn’t so clear.

Why Founders Should Know How to Code

Steve Blank

I was driving home from the BIO conference in San Diego last month and had lots of time for a phone call with Dave, an ex student and now a founder who wanted to update me on his Customer Discovery progress. His inability to attract a co-founder who could code was a troubling sign.

A brief history of founders and co-founders

The Equity Kicker

To be clear I’m a big believer in the power of teams, but we’ve had some success here backing solo-founders and then helping them find a co-founder shortly after that. Having a technical co-founder is the most reliable way to quickly and cheaply build and iterate a product.

Benchmark’s New General Partner: Scott Belsky

abovethecrowd.com

The partners at Benchmark are delighted to announce that Scott Belsky has joined the firm as our newest general partner. It is rare for us to encounter a partner candidate who has so much experience as an operator, investor, and advisor at such a young age. Scott’s relationships with founders like Kayvon embody Benchmark’s approach of working shoulder-to-shoulder in support of the entrepreneurs we back.

The Perils of Founder Fighting

Both Sides of the Table

Nowhere is the politics more difficult than with co-founders, which is why for years I’ve spoken publicly about “ the co-founder mythology.” ” Of course we all go into businesses expecting to be aligned with our co-founders but over time life changes.

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.

Every founder and startup investor should be contrarian

The Equity Kicker

This logic applies to startup founders as well as their investors. If around 10% of startups go on to be successful then to be an average founder is to fail. So like investors, founders need to be contrarian and have an edge which allows them to see things that others don’t.

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

How Do You Pick the Right Business Partner or Co-Founder?

Small Business Force

Picking a partner or co-founder isn't like finding a new friend. Just like people that tend to jump into marriages, entrepreneurs tend to get starry-eyed and join forces without thinking through the long-term implications of having a partner. You think about it ahead of time!

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.

The Co-Founder Mythology

Both Sides of the Table

I covered what I call “the co-founder mythology.&# Either you’re not technical and you think you need a technical co-founder or vice-versa. It is increasingly popular to have “founder dating&# or “startup weekend hackathons&# of some variety or the other. You often have very limited perspective on whether this person will continue to be a great partner 2 years down the line, 4 years down the line, 8 years down the line. Hire your co-founder.

Vision versus Hallucination – Founders and Pivots

Steve Blank

A founder’s skill is knowing how to recognize new patterns and to pivot on a dime. What I saw reminded me of some of the best and worst things I did as a founder. Some of the engineers figuring if the founder was declaring they were toast in 90 days were updating their resumes.

Founder’s Stock Is Gold, If You Know The Rules

Startup Professionals Musings

In reality, so-called “Founder’s” shares are simply common stock, issued at the time of startup incorporation, for a very low price, and normally allocated to the multiple initial players commensurate with their investment or role. entrepreneur founder rules startup stock

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Founder Failure

Instigator Blog

Yesterday, Chris Poole (known as ‘ moot ‘, founder of 4chan) shut down his startup (which created Canvas and DrawQuest ). Not only do you fail your employees, your customers, and yourself, but you also fail your investors—partners who helped you bring your idea to life.

Founder's Dilemmas: Equity Splits

Startup Lessons Learned

The following is an excerpt from HBS Professor Noam Wasserman’s new book, The Founder's Dilemmas: Anticipating and Avoiding the Pitfalls That Can Sink a Startup. On average, the founders who keep the most control over their company make the least amount of money.

Twitter Co-Founder on What to Look for in a Business Partner

Inc Startups

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone explains why it's so important to find the right team to grow your business

The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Selecting a Venture Partner (And Avoiding Killing Your Business)

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Your VC updates partners every Monday. Do other partners in the firm fit your culture? This is your partner. Does the VC back founder/CEOs, or do they have a history of moving to hired guns? Business Entrepreneurship due diligence venture capitalist venture partners