Most Common Follies of First-Time Founders

So much has to go right for a startup to survive and thrive, it’s wise to know the most common, avoidable mistakes, made by first-time founders. Many first-time founders don’t know what they don’t know. Others are told, but they just don’t want to hear it and fumble. They lack the good sense needed to build a product people will […]

Startup 2020: Step 3, Form the Team

This is the third article in a series on how to start a company in 2020. See the previous article, Step 2, Form the Company “You need three things to create a successful startup:to start with good people, to make something customers actually want, and to spend as little money as possible.” — Paul Graham Most startup companies will rise and fall […]

Gender & Tech – Why Everything Is Changing Right Now

by Victoria Greene.  Image credit: Pexels   It’s 2018, and women around the world are beginning to gain the rights and freedoms that men have had since time immemorial. But there is still progress to be made, not least in our very own tech industry.   Thankfully, prominent voices and organizations are already doing great work to inspire and empower more women […]

Anticipating the Dreaded Three D’s that Derail Startup Founders and Business Owners

Everything was going great, we were crushing it. After three years of hard work and sacrifice, our product took off like a rocket ship. Orders were pouring in. Retailers lined up to stock the product. OEM’s wanted to bundle it. And VC’s were knocking. A publicly-traded software company invited us to their headquarters in Silicon Valley to discuss their interest […]

Why Networking Will Help Your Business Grow Along With Sales

by Aliana Keith In 2011, a Business Insider article on the importance of networking concluded with the statement, “Your net worth is only as good as your network.” This seems, for all intents and purposes, today’s start-up speak for the age-old adage: “It’s who you know, not what you know.” When it comes to launching and maintaining a business, there are many factors […]

The Problem of Founder / Owner Replication

What happens if the founder gets hit by a bus? This is a question prospective investors and board members sometimes ask themselves behind closed doors. The problem of founder/owner replication is often the gating issue to making an investment, or performing one’s fiduciary responsibilities to shareholders if serving as a director or advisor to a young business. When a company […]