INNOVATION BLOG

May 27, 2017

The time value of money is at the heart of your startup and cash is your blood because it defines how long your startup has to live (if it is paying employees or paying for resources). This is especially true if you take investor’s money in equity financing. Investors always have other investment opportunities each with its own time-value - that is the va...

May 25, 2017

At one of the entrepreneurs conferences our venture capital firm provided for its portfolio companies, the lead venture partner distinguished “activity from results” and provided a guest speaker and session to make this clear for us. Given the long list of tasks required for startup success, there is even a longer list of sub-tasks beneath each of them th...

May 20, 2017

Established companies already have customers, product market-fit, brand recognition, revenue and market share which removes a lot of the financial, operating, market, product and technical risk. Startups must achieve all of these key milestones from a cold start. Their startup teams have to create something from absolutely nothing and there is a very long...

May 13, 2017

I’ve worked in 12 startups from new business units in Tier One companies, to early and later stage companies, to my own VC-backed company here in Silicon Valley plus I’ve advised quite a few more. A few common mistakes have shown up more than a few times across many of them. Key challenges that startup leadership face are fairly consistent across startups...

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