Entrepreneurs: What to Do if You Don’t Have an Idea

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

How First-Time Entrepreneurs Can Establish Credibility: 3 Case Studies

Last week I had a conversation with an eager young first time entrepreneur (let’s call him Joey) just out of school who was looking for funding. If desire equaled fundability, this guy would have raised $50mm already. I try to make it a point to always respond, even though the bulk of those responses will be a … More How First-Time Entrepreneurs Can Establish Credibility: 3 Case Studies

My Next 8 Months of Angel Investing: One Fund and a Half Dozen Startups

OK, the title of this post has ensured that I’ve gone and blown any shreds of suspense. But I’m writing this to get feedback from all of you, so feel free to pick apart my logic. Angel investing itself is 100% bottom-up, i.e., picking the right companies. However, in order to figure out how much … More My Next 8 Months of Angel Investing: One Fund and a Half Dozen Startups

Montreal ACCELERATES! Or, Ty’s Excellent Adventures Up North

The opportunities in Montreal are looking even hotter than the Canadiens (6-3-1 last 10 games), and a lot of the excitement is due to companies emerging from a new group of accelerators. While the idea of new business incubators is hardly a new one, the last 5 years have seen an explosion of activity.  As I … More Montreal ACCELERATES! Or, Ty’s Excellent Adventures Up North

Why I Passed on Investing in (a real but unnamed) Hot Startup

Yesterday I video-skyped with the CEO of an intriguing Startup.  They were recommended to me by one of their investors on AngelList.  They had going for them a) a big addressable market; b) an area which clearly will break out, but with no clear leader; c) two vocal and well-known angel backers, both of who … More Why I Passed on Investing in (a real but unnamed) Hot Startup

Startup Competitions: 5 Lessons from MassChallenge

I’m an unabashed fan of startup competitions, whether they be brief (like the MIT 100K Elevator Pitch competition,) multi-stage (like the Rice Business Plan contest,) or even multi-lingual (e.g., Le Defi des Anges Financiers in Montreal). What’s not to love? New companies get pitch practice and exposure, and the event draws together all the various … More Startup Competitions: 5 Lessons from MassChallenge