In this episode, I distill some positive and negative lessons about why a startup might need multiple attorneys. The short answer…lawyers are like doctors, they specialize. One size does not fit all situations. Equally important, entrepreneurs need to be careful about who an attorney has a duty of loyalty to. A lawyer that represents a… Read More»
Does every startup founder need co-founders? Maybe is the answer. Mark W King explores an article by Nic Brisbourne of Forward Partners about how solo founders can succeed, what skills cofounders need to bring, and most importantly, why you shouldn’t rush.
Venture capital fund decision making is one of the great mysteries of the business world. In this episode we look at the range of decision making models used by VC funds. Elizabeth Yin of 500 Startups wrote a great blog post on the topic. She was also generous enough to record some follow-up thoughts for this episode. Enjoy!
In this episode we look at advice from Hyde Park Angels and Rob Go of NextView Ventures about how to best pitch your startup to VCs or angel investors. We also look at what you can learn from a story Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures tells about an entrepreneur who successfully convinced Fred to invest without a pitch deck at all.
Satya Patel of Homebrew, Steve Blank of lean startup fame and Aaron Harris of Y-Combinator each wrote amazing posts about founders, co-founders, founding teams and founding CEOs. In this episode, Mark W King explores their best thinking and explains what you need to know.
If you really want to understand a business figure out how it makes money. That’s true for every kind of business. It’s especially true in venture capital. Most people think about venture capital in terms of single deals. A VC’s job is to essentially buy low and sell high. That takes a ton of work. In this episode we look at three articles by venture capitalists that explain how the math works for a VC fund to be successful. The math is somewhat non-obvious. Take a listen and find out how it works.
My interviews with venture capital’s most successful failures have proven that the sage old advice from Kenny Rogers still applies: “Ya gotta know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em, know when to walk away and know when to run.” It’s not time to run, but it is time to fold up the Venture Capital… Read More»
As a serial entrepreneur Jeff Novich could spot a problem that meant opportunity. His Dad had one of those problems in his medical practice. Doctors’ offices were drowning in paper and inefficient communication. Jeff and his dad saw an opportunity to disrupt how medical offices operate and at the same time improve patient care and… Read More»
What were you doing when you were 18? Nikki Durkin was finding co-founders, doing the Y-Combinator thing, raising venture capital, dealing with reporters, replacing co-founders, raising more venture capital and otherwise trying to grow her start-up. Listen in to find out what she learned when it all collapsed.
Gard Mayer’s path as an entrepreneur has more twists & turns than a back road through the mountains. In this venture capital podcast he talks about huge success, complete failure & everything in between, pivoting his start-ups when reality set in.
Peter Vilsholm Therkildsen Schlegel had a path. Get seed capital. Launch start-up. Join incubator. Finish program. Get capital from incubator’s loan fund to build start-up. Sounded good to everyone…except one person at the loan fund. And did I mention the letter from the Danish immigration authority?
Rachel Chalmers knows your Achilles heel. After two plus decades sitting in Silicon Valley’s front row watching start-up technology companies, she has a very clear idea of the single biggest cause of start-up failure. Rachel was kind enough to sit down for a few minutes at the Montgomery Summit and talk about it. Listen in… Read More»