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»
Podcast host Mark W King takes venture capital’s success, failure, genius and insanity and distills it down into wisdom and know-how that accelerates your entrepreneurial success.
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.