Case For Not Taking Small Investments and Why Early Employees Are Unsung Heroes of Startups

It does not come as a surprise to anyone who knows me that I am not a stranger to getting into the occasional passionate discussion. This weekend I made a statement that caused such discussion. Unfortunately, Twitter is the worst place to have a discussion. Arguments...

The Hardest Skill To Master – Empathy

Any growing venture is hard. It does not have to be a startup, it could be a lifestyle or a mid-size business. The faster the growth, the more extreme are the swings and tensions. It is way too easy to lose sight of what matters, end up with agenda, and kill your...

Earned vs. Need-Based Loyalty

Call me old-fashioned, but I cringe every time I hear another claim about how we are moving into the age of “careerism” and “just in time staffing”. Why? Because we always hear about this fad right at the tail end of every downturn.  It’s like herpes spread by some...

Parenting and Startups – Struggles, Biases, Lessons Learned

After eight years of parenthood, as I am updating this post, I can say nothing can truly prepare you for being a new parent and entrepreneur. Just the new role of a parent is hard enough, yet many of us are also building companies and careers simultaneously. The...
Don’t Badmouth Competitors – How to Sell Positively

Don’t Badmouth Competitors – How to Sell Positively

Since the probability you have a product/service that has no competition is a rare as hen's teeth, competitive selling is the reality of the seller's day. A great investor once told me one thinking they have no competition shows their naivete. You are always competing...

Scalable SaaS Best Practices: The Legal Agreements Discipline

Scalable SaaS Best Practices: The Legal Agreements Discipline

SaaS is a beautiful business model. Over the last fifteen years, I got to build four companies in the B2B SaaS space. I love the efficiency of the model! Frankly, building companies would be so much more expensive without the cost efficiencies SaaS products bring. ...

Talent Arbitrage – How I Find the Best People

Talent Arbitrage – How I Find the Best People

15 years ago, when I left the entertainment for the tech industry, how useful my talent experience would be. Yet, I use that knowledge every day, and I am thankful to my mentors. It has become my "secret sauce" that helped build talented, effective, and loyal teams....

Reflections on Raising Money and Fetishes of Those Watching

Reflections on Raising Money and Fetishes of Those Watching

For those of us in startups, opening up Twitter means seeing at least 1 or 2 funding announcements every couple of hours. And the congratulations and retweets roll in, if you are any good, journalists and bloggers need a piece of you too. But the fanfare and...

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