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 […]

10 Dumb Things Entrepreneurs Say to Investors

1. We can share our deck and financials under NDA. (investors don’t sign NDA’s, asking them to do so shows you have no clue what you’re doing) 2. We don’t have any competitors. (yes you do) 3. We are raising money to build and test our MVP. (investors invest in product and traction, not in ideas) 4. We don’t have […]

The Devil is in the Dependencies: Part 1, Startups

You are no doubt familiar with the idiom, “The devil is in the details.” It’s a well-known truism that almost nothing is as simple as it seems. This is especially true in business. Starting, buying, building and ultimately selling a business is almost always more complex than it seems when looking in from the outside. This is ode to another well-know saying, […]

What’s the Risk Someone Will Steal Your Startup Idea?

Of all the things aspiring entrepreneurs have to worry about, the one that seems to worry them the most is someone stealing their idea. It’s an understandable but largely unfounded fear. After all, if it is truly a great idea, then everyone will want it. It’s a sure bet, a big money-maker. Unscrupulous entrepreneurs and would-be competitors alike will certainly […]

The Two Most Important Factors in Building a Sustainable Business and Maximizing Valuation at Exit

There is no lack of startup business models. My friend and colleague, Dave Parker, writes about business models and their trade-offs. He taught me most of what I know about choosing the right model. In fact, it wasn’t until I took his course at The Founder Institute(Seattle) that I realized I spent 10-years of my life building a business that had a […]

How to Create a Thriving Startup Ecosystem: 5 Tips for Leaders and Feeders of Entrepreneurial Communities

A lot has been written about entrepreneurs and what makes them successful. A lot has been written about startups and why so many of them fail. Less has been written about entrepreneurial communities and what it takes to create a thriving startup ecosystem. I’d like to bridge these topics and share with you five very important drivers of entrepreneurial success, […]

Top 10 Toughest Questions Asked of Startup Founders (and how to answer them): PART 1

Of all the roles a startup founder must assume, one of the most important is that of A.I.C – Answerer In Chief. Founders will field a never-ending barrage of questions from smart investors, as well as from prospective customers, suppliers, partners and key employees. How founders answer these questions will determine whether they will get buy-in from these important stakeholders. […]

Top 10 Toughest Questions Asked of Startup Founders (and how to answer them): PART 2

In Part 1 of this piece, we addressed the first five toughest questions asked of startup founders. In this piece, we will drill down on the second five toughest questions. With a little preparation and forethought, you can avoid getting stumped and communicate complete confidence in yourself and your startup. 6. What are you going to do if X moves into your space? Context: The […]