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.

7 Partner Relationships That Can Kill A Good Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

This would be a mistake, and could easily cost you your startup. 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. Most startups can’t afford that.

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.

7 Ways That Startup Competitors Can Win By Partnering

Startup Professionals Musings

Every startup has a core competency which should not be shared. Both partners must not forget they are still competitors. competitors coopetition entrepreneurs partners startupsEntrepreneurs seem to have blinders on when looking at competitors.

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

How Startups and Established Companies Can Partner to Drive Innovation

Inc Startups

A Chief Digital Officer and a startup founder speak up about how to win at the innovation game.

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.

Tough Competitors Are Your Best Strategic Partners

Startup Professionals Musings

Every startup has a core competency which should not be shared. Both partners must not forget they are still competitors. entrepreneurs startup strategic partners tough competitors Entrepreneurs seem to have blinders on when looking at competitors.

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.

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.

When Startups Partner With Big Companies

Mark Birch

Last week, I discussed my thoughts on partnerships between startups and big corporations. Essentially, I am not in favor of such arrangements as I believe they distract from the mission of a startup in quickly scaling the business model. startups partnerships partnering strategy sales

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!

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.

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.

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 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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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.” venture-capital startup

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.

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. Startup CEO experience (Founded P.S. XO along with my good friend Soleil Moon Frye.

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.

3 Proven Strategies Every Startup Should Use to Partner With a Bigger Company

Inc Startups

San Francisco-based Getaround spent more than a year working with Uber to create Uber Rent--and the experience is instructive for every entrepreneur. Strategy

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.

7 Steps to Building a Successful Channel Partner Program

ConversionXL

These are actual results a startup Ringadoc got from their partner program. Chris Samila , Partnerships Manager at Optimizely shares: “We saw building and supporting a partner ecosystem as a massive opportunity. So we started building out the partner program.”.

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.

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. He had joined a young startup in LA called HauteLook and was interested in getting to know the local tech community. We knew he had to be an investment partner.

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. Berlin Startup Culture.

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

Channel Partner Sales Depend on This One Important Factor

Inc Startups

It's tough to rely on others to sell for you, but in many industries, it's vital to pass trust from your partners and their relationships to your brand. Startup

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.

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.

Want to Find the Right Investment Partners? Be Ready To Answer This One Question

Inc Startups

Attracting investors and partners comes down to prioritizing first, capital second. Startup

The 4 Partners Early-Stage Startups Need

Early Growth Financial Services

I often write about the best strategies for startup fundraising or how to manage startup financing and optimize for growth. Equally important, is an area many startup founders don’t always prioritize: choosing the right service providers and understanding the value they can bring, especially to an early-stage startup. Teaming with the right service providers can have a huge impact on a startup’s ability to succeed.

7 Steps to Building a Successful Channel Partner Program

ConversionXL

These are actual results a startup Ringadoc got from their partner program. Chris Samila , Partnerships Manager at Optimizely shares: “We saw building and supporting a partner ecosystem as a massive opportunity. So we started building out the partner program.”.

AI Startup Graphiq Partners With the Associated Press to Bring Infographics to News Stories

Inc Startups

Graphiq, a startup that can easily create infographics for news stories, has partnered with the Associated Press to distribute its visualizations

How to Break Up with Your Business Partner

Inc Startups

Even the most successful startup founders find themselves going their separate ways. If you find yourself needing to split from your business partner, follow these tips to do it right. Innovate

How To Negotiate with Vendors, Partners And Employees

YoungUpstarts

Even so, it’s difficult (and perhaps impossible) to operate a small business or startup and not negotiate agreements with employees, vendors, customers, and others. Ross Kimbarovsky is founder and CEO at crowdSPRING and Startup Foundry. by Ross Kimbarovsky, founder of crowdSPRING.

Butting Heads With Your Business Partner? Try Therapy

Inc Startups

StartupIt's better to address your issues sooner rather than later.

Silverton Partners’ New $75 Million Fund for Austin Startups

SiliconHills

Early-stage startups in Austin just got a major boost. Silverton Partners announced Thursday the formation of a new $75 million fund that will invest in early-stage startups in Austin.

Startups Face Huge Risk with Channel Partner Strategy

Instigator Blog

That was absolutely the case with Mark Suster’s post, The Fallacy of Channels: Startups Beware. Mark hits the nail right on the head with respect to the risk (and usually the abject failure) for startups using a channel partner strategy. Most people would expect a channel partner strategy to be fairly simple: You find partners who then go out and sell your stuff. Channel partners are a sales force in a box! Tags: Startups

How Do Startups Get Partners To Acquire Them?

Instigator Blog

Startups face huge risks when looking for channel partners. Often startups go after massive corporations as partners (because those companies have the sales channels and resources), which makes the relationships highly inequitable. Many companies are ultimately acquired by partners. If you are looking to exit then you can go to each partner and let them know. Those with a past history of small startup acquisitions. Tags: Startups