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One Key to Improve Your Startup Pitch execution fundability fundraising

Most founders know they need to refine their fundraising pitch in order to raise the money needed to fuel their startup's growth. Dozens of weekly pitch events provide founders with opportunities...

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Sell for Half a Billion & Get Nothing execution fundability fundraising legal

In July 2018, Paddy Power Betfair (now known as Flutter) acquired FanDuel for $465M in cash. On the surface, this looks like a great win for the FanDuel founders and employees. However, because the...

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Critical Success Factors for Startups execution fundability fundraising talent

Five Elements of Successful Startups

About 95% of startups fail or dramatically miss expectations. Given the enormous investment of time, energy and effort required by most startups, founders would...

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Roadmaps for Startup Founders execution

Even Seasoned Founders Need Guidance

Unless they are very familiar with the route, most drivers need a map or GPS to reach their destination. Even if you have driven to your destination many times,...

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Game Changers vs. Players execution fundability talent

In The Imitation Game, Benedict Cumberbatch plays Alan Turing in his quest to break the Enigma encoding machine used by the Nazis in World War II. About seven minutes into the movie, Turing...

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Motorcycles vs. Jumbo Jets execution talent

I’m a speed junkie. When I was young, I used to watch A. J. Foyt battle Richard Petty in NASCAR. Since I didn’t own a fast car, the best I could do was take my bicycle off road and...

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YADM - Yet Another Dilution Model execution exit finance and tax fundability fundraising

Any programmer or Linux gear head should recognize the “Yet Another …” family of tools and frameworks. Stephen C. Johnson is credited with creating the first Yet Another...

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Keys to the Term Sheet execution exit fundability fundraising

Early-stage founders spend a large portion of their time raising capital to fuel their startup’s continued growth. Receiving a term sheet from an investor represents a key milestone in the...

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The Teachable Student execution talent

 

A few years back, one of my friends in the venture community suggested that I connect with a young startup. He felt I would be a good candidate to advise the startup in their journey. I...

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Cheap Advice is Cheap execution talent

Back in 2001 when I was a first-time CEO, I struggled to grow the company to beyond a certain point. We had a good product that filled a very important market need, so the company quickly grew to...

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Startup Life execution life and wellness

Startups are hard. Startups are rewarding. Startups suck the lifeblood out of you. Startups energize teams to overachieve. Startups expose your weaknesses. Startups develop your strengths. Startups...

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