7 Reasons To Turn The Enemy Into A Strategic Partner

Startup Professionals Musings

Both partners must not forget they are still competitors. Even for small companies, it is critical that all employees be well-informed about what skills, technology and information can be shared with their partner and what is off-limits. business competitor partner strategy

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.

Introducing Our New Partner – Chris Moody

Feld Thoughts

We are excited to announce that Chris Moody is joining Foundry Group as a partner. 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. Recognizing this, we started to make a list of people we would consider adding as partners, as one of our deeply held beliefs was never to have associates, venture partners, or EIRs as part of our firm.

Load Balancing Between VC Partners

Feld Thoughts

Fortunately, I’ve got amazing partners. As a result, we’ve always been active at moving primary responsibility for a company (which we define as a board seat) between partners. In addition, we do this exercise as each partner returns from their one month annual sabbatical, as the other three partners have already been handling that partner’s primary responsibilities. The post Load Balancing Between VC Partners appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

Return Path’s Partner Platform Solution

Feld Thoughts

Recently, Return Path launched their innovative new Partner Platform solution , the first deliverability platform built exclusively for ESPs, with extensive input from their longstanding ESP partners. The post Return Path’s Partner Platform Solution appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

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. If you are following and reading me, I encourage you to follow and read my partners to get the full view of how we think about things at Foundry Group. The post My Partners Blogging In 2017 appeared first on Feld Thoughts.

10 Money Questions To Ask Your Potential Business Partner

YFS Magazine

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

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

7 Partner Relationships That Can Kill A Good Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

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. business co-founders entrepreneur partner relationships

Tough Competitors Are Your Best Strategic Partners

Startup Professionals Musings

Both partners must not forget they are still competitors. Even for small companies, it is critical that all employees be well-informed about what skills, technology and information can be shared with their partner and what is off-limits.

Suggestions for Spouses Whose Partner Is Depressed

Feld Thoughts

I think this applies to anyone who has a partner with a major illness – a stroke, cancer, Alzheimer’s, or depression. You are already pouring an enormous amount of your energy into your partner and not much, if anything, is coming back.

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

10 Keys To Finding That Perfect-Fit Business Partner

Startup Professionals Musings

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. I always laugh, and ask them if they want me to find a spouse for them as well, since the right partner requires many of same attributes of chemistry, values, and passion. In fact, your ideal partner may also be an investor.

Entrepreneurs With A Great Idea Need A Great Partner

Startup Professionals Musings

It’s fine for one to be the visible head of the company, but if you look at recent great successes of recent times, almost always there is a partner behind the scenes who was key to making the right things happen. Do online research on crowdfunding and partner dating sites.

SAP: Partners First

deal architect

But SAP unabashedly says Our Partners are Job 1. Most companies will say things like customers are our highest priority. Or quality. Or Investors. Or even write bestselling books about "Employees First". Not sure how else to explain that SAP. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

How Amazon Partners With Brands

YoungUpstarts

Better yet, how does Amazon partner with brands? Amazon doesn’t partner with brands – each brand needs to build and manage its own Amazon strategy.

7 Ways That Startup Competitors Can Win By Partnering

Startup Professionals Musings

Both partners must not forget they are still competitors. Even for small companies, it is critical that all employees be well-informed about what skills, technology and information can be shared with their partner and what is off-limits.

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

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.

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.

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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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.

Forward Partners new logo

The Equity Kicker

It’s great to finally have an icon, I love the way we’ve shifted the emphasis to the ‘Partners’ in Forward Partners and, last but not least, the process we went through is a great example of how we work. Forward Partners I love our new logo!

What Makes a Great Business Partner?

Both Sides of the Table

A while back when I was reading the press I saw a quote from Randy Komisar, a partner at Kleiner Perkins that was simple, yet profound. He was quoted as saying, “Being a great partner is as important as being smart or being right.”. What does it mean to be a great partner? When I think about partners I think about: integrity, loyalty, commitment, trust and knowing that somebody will be there for me in good times and bad. Being a great partner is being a mensch.

10 Key Traits Of An Ideal Entrepreneur Partner

Gust

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.”

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.

What Should I Look For In A Business Partner?

YFS Magazine

Starting a business with a partner is like getting married. Plan business partners cofounders collaboration partnership starting a businessBefore you say “I do” to just anyone, consider the following.

Morgan Flager, General Partner with Silverton Partners, on How the Firm Picks Investments

SiliconHills

Morgan Flager, a general partner of Silverton Partners, one of Austin’s oldest home-grown VC firms, is an active investor in early-stage technology startups in Austin.

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.”

How To Choose A Celebrity Partner

YoungUpstarts

Before signing with a celebrity partner, consider what you really want out of the deal. Kobe Bryant and Tiger Woods seemed like ideal endorsers back in the day, but scandals soon led to trouble for their partner brands. Only partner with people who love what you sell.

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.

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.

Should You Hook Up With A Partner Or Stay Single?

YoungUpstarts

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. What I’ll do is lay down the advantages and disadvantages of having a partner, and I’ll leave it up to you to decide which path to take.

How to Find the Perfect Business Partner

Up and Running

Finding the right business partner is no easy feat. The stark reality is that you will most likely work your way through multiple business partners as you embark down your desired career path, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Skadden Partner Completes 409A Handbook

Feld Thoughts

Skadden Partner Completes 409A Handbook : “ Sneak Preview Here. This just makes me want to crawl under my desk and cry for a while. Can you imagine how much it would hurt if you threw that at a lawyer or an account and actually hit them with it?

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.

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.”

Ten Steps in Choosing the Right Startup Partner

Startup Professionals Musings

Even experienced entrepreneurs need a partner to strengthen their position. The question is how to find that elusive perfect-fit partner. First, I will admit there is no magic formula here, just like in real life when trying to find a relationship partner.

How To Negotiate with Vendors, Partners And Employees

YoungUpstarts

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

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.

Business Prenup: What To Do Before You Start A Company With A Partner

YoungUpstarts

Here are a few tips to ensure that you and your partners start out on the right foot. Consider regular face-to-face meetings with prospective partners, so you can gauge body language and “listen between the lines.” by Mark L. Zyla, managing director of Acuitas, Inc.,

[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.

Silicon Real interview – good intro to Forward Partners

The Equity Kicker

The first twenty minutes are a good intro to Forward Partners and then we discuss building startups more generally. Forward Partners Startup general interest Venture Capital