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This Kills Startups Every Day

Over the last several months, I’ve been spending an unusual amount of time in Silicon Valley. Two or sometimes three trips a month – starting to feel like a second home. On some of those trips, I’ve been fortunate enough to meet with very successful venture …

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5 Keys to a Killer Investor Pitch Deck

I’ve been on both sides of the proverbial table. I’ve had businesses pitched to me, and pitched VCs on why they should invest in my business. Whether or not you even get a seat at the table to pitch your startup face to face with …

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The 4 Types of Entrepreneurs

There are four types of entrepreneurs; and, if you intend to start your own business, it’s important to distinguish which type you are as it can help determine your strengths, ideal industry to enter, and where you may need a wingman. The term ‘entrepreneur’ is …

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Lyft Gets a Lift From Activist Investor Carl Icahn

The ride-sharing industry is changing the way Millenials get around. Led by Uber a few years ago, ride-sharing has taken the world by storm, albeit not without controversy and obstruction from taxi unions. Resistance aside, this is a massive industry, with what appears to be …

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Who is Your Lead Order?

No investors want to be the first… it’s very similar to your 7th grade dance. Remember when the boys would stand on one side of the gym and girls on the other? You wanted to ask Sara to dance but then it would just be …

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The Next Major Retail IPO

Online retail is not exclusively the domain of Amazon.com. There are others out there. One in particular that I like is a company which started up just a few years ago, and just this week received a hefty valuation of $2 billion. That valuation was …

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Raising Millions for a New Kind of Mayonnaise

I’m no Rocky Balboa. I find raw eggs repulsive and studies have shown that they are not meant to be consumed by humans. Unfortunately, there are a number of processed food products that taste brilliant, but they contain unsavory things such as raw eggs. Take …

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Berlin, the Next Silicon Valley

Obama was in Berlin yesterday and gave what sounded like a watered down version of his second inauguration speech. It was hard to listen to the same old same old from him. But in light of his visit, I want to talk about Berlin and …

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