June 22, 2017

My goals for Part 2 of this series on managing startups with an investors’ mindset are;

  1. Provide insights about how creativity and vision that not subjugated to customer needs, will blind a startup to actual market truths and create startup risk.

  2. Make you wonder why I am using a ring-toss image for this series, the rings of which keep increasing fo...

June 9, 2017

If you read nothing else in my article beyond this presentation by Steve Blank, I will have felt like I accomplished something today. Steve Blank's Customer Development Process is a big idea. It will save you and your startup company. It will save your investors or compan...

June 6, 2017

Distinguishing between promise and value was another session in our VC’s seminar that I wish every entrepreneur and startup employee could attend. This seminar created a distinction, the lack of which I have experienced multiple times while advising and working in early stage companies. If you are starting from scratch, you and your team are full of promi...

June 3, 2017

I’m a movie buff and to distinguish what problem-solving means in a startup I’ll use a great example from the movie The Martian. I loved Matt Damon's character at the end of the story in class (on Earth), in which he says; “At some point everything is going to go south on you and you are going to say to yourself, okay this is how I am going to end. You ca...

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