I am pretty sure that what most of the teams need on July 4th is to catch up on their Zzzzzs. Me too. Happy 4th, everyone.
And we’re off! With 12 of the 13 companies present (and one slowed at the border with a visa snafu,) introductions have been made, desks assigned, pitches critiqued, bathrooms pointed out, super-powers revealed, coffee drunk and stories shared. The morning started off ironically, as we saw a combination never seen before–Semyon Dukach (head instigator of … More Techstars Boston 2015–Day 1
Dharmesh Shah wrote a classic post where he explained why he couldn’t spare “just 15 minutes for a coffee.” Unfortunately, I too have reached that point, and I’m apologizing in advance. As of right now, at Techstars we have over 800 applications in process for the summer class of Techstars Boston. And we are still … More Answers (and Apologies) in Advance
A few years ago, I pretty much dropped out of everything but running my startup, BuysideFX. That’s now over ;^( and now I’m itching to get back to investing in early stage companies. But I’m rusty. Real rusty. When I was running BuysideFX, I felt a duty to my investors not to be wasting … More My 5 Step Program to Regain My Investing Chops
Readers know I’m not posting much nor doing a lot of (non-syndicated) angel investing now, but I read a great post on Steve Blank‘s blog yesterday inspired by John Selep. The post shows one investor’s framework for tieing in Steve’s management teachings to improve not only his odds of making successful investments, but those of … More As always, Steve Blank and Friends Nail It
This post was originally published in OnStartups. I hope to be doing further guest posting on that site, which is one of my favorites. Thanks to Dharmesh Shah for his edits. Don’t have an idea yet for a startup? Then get off your butt and go work for someone else’s cool startup! And the first … More Entrepreneurs: What to Do if You Don’t Have an Idea
Just got back from 2 days in Boston talking to MassChallenge companies and 1 day in NYC with TechStars. (Go Ordr.In! Go SideTour!)While I had a lot of meetings and was overscheduled, it was massively fun. But the highlight to me was when Cynthia Smith of Lynx Sportswear came up to me and started profusely … More Angel Rewards–It’s the Little Things
Most angels who volunteer as mentors cite noble reasons to do so: “paying it forward”, “giving back”, educating the next generation of entrepreneurs, and so on. I love people who help others purely for altruistic reasons, and I hope such motives stay foremost in mentors’ minds. The more favors you do, the more come back … More Why Every Angel Should Beg to Mentor at an Accelerator