7 Whirlwind New Venture Partner Marriages To Avoid

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

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.

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 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.

7 Reasons To Turn The Enemy Into A Strategic Partner

Startup Professionals Musings

Every startup has a core competency which should not be shared. Both partners must not forget they are still competitors. business competitor partner strategyEntrepreneurs 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.

Return Path’s Partner Platform Solution

Feld Thoughts

My experience with ESPs goes back more than 20 years and, since the mid 1990s, I’ve seen the ESP ecosystem evolve from its infancy, with just a few startups blazing a trail, to today’s robust industry populated by mature marketing technology platforms.

Entrepreneurs With A Great Idea Need A Great Partner

Startup Professionals Musings

It only takes one person come up with a great startup idea, but in my experience as an investor, it’s a rare entrepreneur who has all the skills and resources to build a business as well as a solution. In my view, it’s a key reason that 90 percent of startups fail to launch.

10 Keys To Finding That Perfect-Fit Business Partner

Startup Professionals Musings

Thus I find that two heads are usually better than one in a startup. Way back in the early eighties, I had the privilege of working with Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer, when Microsoft was still a startup. 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. In fact, your ideal partner may also be an investor.

How Do You Determine Which Partners Will Fuel Your Success?

ReadWriteStart

Partners can extend a company’s reach, add new audiences, enhance its value, expand its capabilities, and even boost its reputation by association. The post How Do You Determine Which Partners Will Fuel Your Success?

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.

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 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.

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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

[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.

[Interview] Donato Sferra Of Toronto’s Hillcrest Merchant Partners

YoungUpstarts

Today, Sferra leads Hillcrest Merchant Partners, a Toronto-based merchant bank and venture capital firm focused on early stage and mid-market growth companies, which he co-founded with fellow managing partner, Mark Attanasio.

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 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.

10 Ways Your Startup Co-Founder Is Like A Good Spouse

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.

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.

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

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

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.

[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

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?

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.

LiveOak Venture Partners Closes a $105 Million Fund to Invest in Early-Stage Texas Startups

SiliconHills

LiveOak Venture Partners announced Tuesday that it has closed a $105 million fund, its second fund. Krishna Srinivasan, Venu Shamapant and Ben Scott founded Austin-based LiveOak in 2013 and raised a $100 million fund to invest in early-stage Texas startups. The post LiveOak Venture Partners Closes a $105 Million Fund to Invest in Early-Stage Texas Startups appeared first on SiliconHills.

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.

Non-Technical Entrepreneurs Need the Right Partner

Startup Professionals Musings

The simple answer is to find a business partner, not an “implementer,” who already has the technical experience you need, and is willing and able to run that side of the business. Focus on finding the right partner to double your strength rather than dilute it.

Hire for your core. Partner for the rest.

Berkonomics

There is a major trend shaping up that is worldwide, already identified by hundreds of thousands of startup and small business CEO’s. A trend for businesses large and small.

Upfront Ventures Adds Hamet Watt as New Investment Partner

Both Sides of the Table

I am thrilled to announce that we have added Hamet Watt as a Partner at Upfront Ventures. But as sweet as that success has been (we invested pre-revenue in a small team) today my even more important news was the further expansion of our partner ranks. Startup DNA.

10 Winning Steps for Finding a Job or a Partner

Startup Professionals Musings

These days I see a surge of new startups as the economy seems to be recovering. If you are not starting one yourself, the next best thing is joining one as a partner, or as an early employee. No online presence may brand you as “old school,” and not startup material.

Why You Should Background Check Your Business Partner

YoungUpstarts

If you don’t perform a background check on your potential partner before doing business with him, you’re setting yourself up to get duped. Just like launching a new product, hiring a partner requires protecting your business against potential risk and failure.

5 Communication Hacks For Startup Cofounders

YoungUpstarts

One of most critical things you should consider before jumping into a co-foundership is partnering with someone who can make up for the qualities you lack. Advice For The Young At Heart business partners business relationships cofounders communication skills managing relationships Saeju Jeon