Founders and Fundraising

What Are The Five Rules To Getting Your Company Funded?

“Man, you’re living a charmed life right now,” I said to “Ray,” the CEO of a very hot startup I’ve been working with. “Thirty minutes and he’s (an investor) going to give you $75 million!” I shook my head in disbelief. Do you want to grow your business? Maybe I can help. Click here. “It…

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How Do You Manage Your Board Of Directors?

Once your startup has investors, you’re likely going to hear somebody tell you, “You need to learn how to manage your Board of Directors.” It sounds great, doesn’t it? But how do you actually do this? And what does managing your board actually mean? It’s actually quite easy. I’ll break it down for you in…

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Should You Be Friends With Your Co-Founders?

When I was a kid, I used to really like westerns. Maybe it was because my Dad really liked westerns, so I liked westerns too. [Do you want to grow your business? Maybe I can help. Click here.] There was a rather obscure western that I really liked called, “The Culpepper Cattle Company.” It’s the…

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How Do You Fix Your Co-Founder Problems

Sixty percent of all co-founder relationships end in failure.  It’s a huge issue that just about every startup CEO has to deal with. In this video, I go through the nine issues you’re going to have to deal with when you have a co-founder that’s not working out.  You’ll definitely want to stick around to…

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Does Experience Help You Or Hurt You As A Startup CEO?

I love watching Roger Federer play tennis. He looks like he’s gliding across the court. And, no matter how hot it is, the guy never sweats. Never. [Do you want to grow your business? Maybe I can help. Click here.] Then, there’s his polar opposite, Blossom’s favorite player, Rafael Nadal. Before he ever takes the…

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What Are The Challenges When You’re Getting Started?

“I just want to be able to breathe,” I said to Irwin and Winston, two VCs I was meeting with as I began raising our Series B funding. The second I uttered those words, I wanted them back. I thought my words exposed my inner feelings, but Irwin and Winston just moved on with the…

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What Are The 12 Killer Mistakes You Can’t Make, Part 2

As the old VC saying goes, “If you’re a first time CEO, you’re going to make mistakes.”  And, while I agree with that sentiment, I’d really like to help you avoid making as many mistakes, especially the ones of the killer variety. That’s what today’s video is all about.  It’s based on my experience making…

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Can You Get Investors To Respond To Cold Emails?

When I was feeling really desperate (a common occurrence when I was raising our initial funding), I would build up a list of potential investors I had no way of getting a warm introduction to. You can learn how to develop a cold email that works too. Just follow these three steps:   Step 1:…

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What Are The 12 Killer Mistakes You Can’t Make, Part 1

As the old VC saying goes, “If you’re a first time CEO, you’re going to make mistakes.”  And, while I agree with that sentiment, I’d really like to help you avoid making as many mistakes, especially the ones of the killer variety. That’s what today’s video is all about.  It’s based on my experience making…

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What Happens When Your Investors Give Up?

“Their lawyer said, ‘We (“Donald Ventures”) no longer believe in the company.’” Marcia, our attorney said to me. [Do you want to grow your business? Maybe I can help. Click here.] “Okay, that’s not a surprise,” I responded. Then, before I could say anything else, Marcia said, “I told her (Donald’s lawyer) ‘We have a…

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