Entrepreneurship Isn't Just for the Startups Anymore

Entrepreneurship Isn’t Just for the Startups Anymore

How can we best prepare our team and brands for jobs that don’t yet exist? I’ve recently realized that – although I’ve been with one company for some time now – I’ve actually been able to enjoy four different careers in sales, channels management, talent and leadership development, and marketing. I’m sure many of you have had the same experience …

Where Did Your Pitch Go Wrong? Experienced Entrepreneurs Share Their Mistakes

Where Did Your Pitch Go Wrong? Experienced Entrepreneurs Share Their Mistakes

Amy Errett is CEO and Founder of Madison Reed, a startup revolutionizing every aspect of the home hair care experience. Amy founded Madison Reed with years of business and operating expertise as a leading entrepreneur, senior executive, venture capitalist and social-mission visionary, under her belt. Previously she was a General Partner and ran the Bay Area office of Maveron – …

5 Reasons Bootstrapping Your Business is the Best Thing You Can Do

5 Reasons Bootstrapping Your Business is the Best Thing You Can Do

Let’s be honest, fundraising is a major chapter in every startup’s success story. It’s one of the most exciting, terrifying, and rewarding parts of starting a company. Having a stranger write you a check for six or seven figures not only validates your idea, but it validates yourself as an entrepreneur. Clearly, others believe in you enough to put their …

Five Inexpensive Tips to Get Your Startup Noticed

Five Inexpensive Tips to Get Your Startup Noticed

Congratulations on entering the space and launching your own startup! But, you know you won’t be making much out of it if it remains unnoticed. There are no magical ways for letting the world know about your super cool startup, just a few quick and inexpensive tips to help you attract new business. Make profiles on Facebook and twitter immediately …

3 Key Characteristics of the Best Startup CEOs

3 Key Characteristics of the Best Startup CEOs

When you look at the world’s top startups and then at their CEOs, you find similar characteristics across the board. Startup CEOs are crazy enough to start a company from scratch and strong enough to build a rock-solid team around their idea. As a startup CEO, you’ll likely feel that your company’s weight is on your shoulders, while every decision you …

This is why 2017 is going to be a hell of a tough year for seed startups

This is why 2017 is going to be a hell of a tough year for seed startups

In 2006, the average early-stage seed round for a startup was just under $600,000. A decade later, this has peaked at $2.2 million. In the era of mega-rounds, mega-valuations, over-funding, and mega-burn it is becoming increasingly common for startups to raise not one, but multiple seed rounds. What is driving this trend? Are startups really better off raising multiple seed …

The Right CEO When You Launch Might Be the Wrong CEO When the Company Is Growing

The Right CEO When You Launch Might Be the Wrong CEO When the Company Is Growing

Not all startup CEOs are created equal. And, the skill sets a startup needs during its formative days are very different than the skill sets needed when the company starts to scale. Let’s compare the role of a CEO in businesses between zero to $10MM in revenues (early stage), versus the role of CEOs in businesses between $10MM to $50MM in revenues (growth stage) …

Why we’re ditching Demo Days

Why we’re ditching Demo Days

I started to realize that Demo Days might be getting stale when an investor at one of our events told me to share the highlights after the pitches were done — he would be out in the hallway with a beer. Another time, an investor said he wanted to quit his job and build a startup that goes to pitch …