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The Thing Most Pitch Decks Are Missing

I get pitched once a week mainly by early stage startups raising their seed round. At this point I’ve heard hundreds of pitches so I’d say I have a pretty decent sample. Most unfortunately miss one key slide – traction.

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The Thing Most Pitch Decks Are Missing

I get pitched once a week mainly by early stage startups raising their seed round. At this point I’ve heard hundreds of pitches so I’d say I have a pretty decent sample. Most unfortunately miss one key slide – traction.

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Lessons From Mentoring at Steve Blank’s Launchpad

Over the last 10 weeks i had the pleasure of mentoring a team at Steve Blank’s Launchpad at Berkley. In 10 weeks i had the chance to observe the team take the journey from a nonviable idea to a first

Lessons From Mentoring at Steve Blank’s Launchpad

Over the last 10 weeks i had the pleasure of mentoring a team at Steve Blank’s Launchpad at Berkley. In 10 weeks i had the chance to observe the team take the journey from a nonviable idea to a first

Why I will Never Fly Air France Again

Air France, it’s not me. It’s you. Customers just seem to disturb you. I’m a SkyTeam Platinum Elite member. A pretty loyal one and fly at least once a week. I’m actually composing this post up in the air. I did

Why I will Never Fly Air France Again

Air France, it’s not me. It’s you. Customers just seem to disturb you. I’m a SkyTeam Platinum Elite member. A pretty loyal one and fly at least once a week. I’m actually composing this post up in the air. I did

The Difference Between Side Projects and Fundable Startups

A few days ago i exchanged emails with an early stage VC friend about the nature of emails he has been getting from entrepreneurs. His argument was that he can respond to majority of the emails with an explanation on

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The Difference Between Side Projects and Fundable Startups

A few days ago i exchanged emails with an early stage VC friend about the nature of emails he has been getting from entrepreneurs. His argument was that he can respond to majority of the emails with an explanation on

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How to Build and Grow Marketplaces

Building marketplaces is hard. Amazon, eBay, Gilt, Airbnb are all successful marketplaces but their success is far from trivial, as many startups will tell you. Last week i spoke to a startup founder struggling to scale their marketplace. Some of

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How to Build and Grow Marketplaces

Building marketplaces is hard. Amazon, eBay, Gilt, Airbnb are all successful marketplaces but their success is far from trivial, as many startups will tell you. Last week i spoke to a startup founder struggling to scale their marketplace. Some of

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Why Startups Need to Focus on Sales, Not Marketing

This piece was inspired by an article written a few days ago by Jessica Livingston, co-founder of Y-Combinator, titled “Why Startups Need to Focus on Sales, Not Marketing”. Most early stage startups, once they launch their product, tend to focus

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Why Startups Need to Focus on Sales, Not Marketing

This piece was inspired by an article written a few days ago by Jessica Livingston, co-founder of Y-Combinator, titled “Why Startups Need to Focus on Sales, Not Marketing”. Most early stage startups, once they launch their product, tend to focus

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When to Join an Accelerator ?

A few days ago a friend of mine referred an entrepreneur my way. He was debating on whether to join an accelerator or not and asked for my advice on the right time to join an accelerator. His company was

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When to Join an Accelerator ?

A few days ago a friend of mine referred an entrepreneur my way. He was debating on whether to join an accelerator or not and asked for my advice on the right time to join an accelerator. His company was

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