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.

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

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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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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

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

View from Seed

Start with the firms of whatever city you’re in that have a history of investing in the stage and sector of your startup, then augment with additional firms outside your home geography which may have a strong particular fit with your company. Are you a founder of an ecommerce startup?

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.

A Post Startup Execs Should Forward to Your Spouse or Partner. 12 Tips for Making it Work

Both Sides of the Table

I recently wrote a post about how to manage relationships when you’re at a startup or are busy executive. I had images in my brain of all of the stresses I had placed on my wife in the heyday of my startups. And that’s often what your partner is looking for.

Benchmark’s New General Partner: Scott Belsky


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. At Benchmark we have witnessed the increasing influence of design in startups, and we see Scott’s pivotal role in the design community as a key competitive advantage for our current and future portfolio companies.

How to partner with a larger company when you’re a startup

The Next Web

The number of new startups is rapidly increasing. According to the 2015 Kaufman Index, which measures startup activity, for the first time since 2010, the U.S. saw an upward trend in startup company activity. Entrepreneur Insider Life Hacks How-To's partnership 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.

Cognitive Scale Gets $15 Million in new Venture Funding and Partners with USAA


Norwest Venture Partners, Intel Capital, Microsoft Ventures, the Westly Group and USAA provided the investment. To date, the Austin-based startup has raised $50 million. “We are excited about the future AI-enabled enterprise, and […] The post Cognitive Scale Gets $15 Million in new Venture Funding and Partners with USAA appeared first on SiliconHills.

The 4 Partners Every Early-Stage Startup Needs to Have

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 to a startup. The startup ecosystem is not just made up of entrepreneurs and investors; it also includes lawyers, bankers, HR and payroll providers as well as financial services providers.

10 Steps To Finding The Right Startup Co-Founder

Startup Professionals Musings

A common challenge faced by every entrepreneur is that they don’t have the bandwidth, interest or skills to do everything that is required to build their startup. Two heads are always better than one in a startup. The challenge is how to find that elusive perfect-fit partner.

From Platform to Partner: How Helping Startups is the New MBA Track to VC

This is going to be BIG.

Recently, Josh Kopelman of First Round Capital announced Brett Berson 's promotion to Partner. The firm scaled assistance to startups in a way that for outpaced the resources any investment team could provide as individuals. For the last six years, Brett had been building the platform team at FRC. I got to work with Brett for two years while I was investing at First Round, before I started Brooklyn Bridge Ventures.

Startup Blog Insights - Are Your Partners Agile and How does Your CEO Spin?

Taffy Williams

Reference Articles: Investors and partners may not think agile CEOs walk a fine line when using a positive spin Taffy Williams is on Twitter by @twilli2861. Check out the group Startup Group on Linkedin or his articles in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com.

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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

How To Negotiate with Vendors, Partners And Employees


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.

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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.

Why Companies Are Investing More In Becoming Partners Than Vendors

Inc Startups

From startups to Fortune 500 companies, businesses are making the effort to become better partners and leaving the vendor mentality in the past

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.

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.

Should You Hook Up With A Partner Or Stay Single?


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.

LiveOak Venture Partners Sees Lots of Quality Startup Deals in Austin and Texas


In 2000, during the Dot Com boom, an enormous amount of money flowed into companies even though they did not have viable ideas and were also not disciplined with spending money, said […] The post LiveOak Venture Partners Sees Lots of Quality Startup Deals in Austin and Texas appeared first on SiliconHills. Austin Ben Scott Krishna Srinivasan LiveOak Venture Partners venture capital Venu Shamapant

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

The Secrets Behind Many Successful Startups

Vinicius Vacanti

“What is your startup’s unfair advantage?”, ”, a partner from a VC firm asked us. But, how in the world is a startup supposed to have an unfair advantage? I sort of nervously mumbled something about our domain expertise and the partner nodded.

10,000 Startups – Startup Weekend Next

Steve Blank

Today we are announcing the biggest entrepreneurial program ever launched – Startup Weekend Next. Our goal– to inspire, educate and empower hundred’s of thousands of entrepreneurs and help create 10,000 startups. The result – Startup Weekend Next.

Should Startups Care About Profitability?

Both Sides of the Table

There are certain topics that even some of the smartest people I talk with who aren’t startup oriented can’t fully grok. In any tech startup there is a healthy tension between profits & growth. startup

10 Guidelines For Storytelling To Hype Your Startup

Startup Professionals Musings

The entrepreneur’s challenge is to effectively communicate their value proposition, not only to customers, but also to vendors, partners, investors, and their own team. business communicate startup storytelling

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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

Meet Benchmark’s New Partner: Eric Vishria


Today Benchmark announced that Eric Vishria has joined us as a General Partner. Eric is one of the up-and-coming stars in the technology industry, and we are very excited he is becoming our partner. Eric’s keen intellect, his experience as an entrepreneur and CEO, his depth in infrastructure and enterprise software, and his infectious optimism about technology make him an ideal Benchmark partner.

The European Startup Market

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

At USV, we’ve been investing in European startups since 2008. While we don’t have an office in Europe we do have fourteen portfolio companies and every USV partner has at least two European portfolio companies. That means the potential scale of European startups is as large as US startups. Currently 22% of our active portfolio is in Europe.

How to find an international MD for your startup

VC Cafe

It’s no secret that the London startup ecosystem is booming. It’s incredible to see it from the vantage point of Campus – new startups are created every day, and the slightly more mature international startups from the US and the rest of Europe are pouring in.