Building An Early Stage Team With No Funding

You’ve just started your company, and you have no money. You know you need to build a team. However, you don’t see any way that you’re going to be able to build a team without any money or funding. It’s the ultimate catch-22. However, this is a solvable problem. In today’s video, I’m going to…

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What Interview Questions Should You Ask A Potential CTO?

The easy part about hiring a VP Engineering/CTO is finding a great technologist.  Yes, that’s the easy part. Do you want to grow your business? Maybe I can help. Click here. However, you stand a really good chance of hiring the wrong person if you just look for a technologist.  It turns out there are…

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Why You Shouldn’t Have Too Many C-Level Executives

I was in the lobby of “Donald Ventures” office on Sand Hill Road after I completed my 1:1 with “Raul,” the partner leading DV’s investment in our company. One of the associates at the fund walked by me, and said hello. Do you want to grow your business? Maybe I can help. Click here. I…

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How Should You Keep Employees From Quitting

I was recently asked the question, “What should I do to keep an employee that has quit from leaving.” I was happy to answer the question because I have a perfect batting average as CEO of keeping employees from quitting. That’s right. 0.00%. [Do you want to grow your business? Maybe I can help. Click…

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Why You Should Interview Your First 50 Employees

There’s an old truism about that you, the CEO, should be spending at least fifty percent of your time recruiting. The reason recruiting is so important is your startup can’t grow unless you have great talent around you. That’s why I interviewed everyone we hired when we were just starting out.  It didn’t matter whether…

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How To Keep From Hiring Superstars That Kill Your Company

I was just having coffee with a friend of mine. I’ve known Bill for years and I’ve never seen him this upset. Do you want to grow your business? Maybe I can help. Click here. “You wouldn’t believe what my boss just did!” Bill said to me. “What did your boss do?” I asked. “They…

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What Books Do You Recommend For CEOs?

Since I’m biased, and you asked, you could start by reading my book, “Learn How to Take a Punch: Building Your Startup Isn’t a Marathon, It’s a Prizefight.” Do you want to grow your business? Maybe I can help. Click here. While every startup’s journey is unique, I noticed similar patterns in the startups I’ve been…

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Protecting Employee Stock Options From Dilution

Your employees are going to be really worried about their stock options being diluted after a round of funding. This is especially true in bad economic times when you might take a down round with heavy dilution. However, there is a secret weapon you can employ to reduce the dilution you and your employees will…

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How To Hire Elite Talent When You’re Broke

“He wants a salary of $200,000, but I can’t afford to pay him that,” “Stefan” said to me. “Then he doesn’t fit your company culture right now,” I said. “That’s okay…” Do you want to grow your business? I can help. Click here. “Why is it okay?” Stefan asked me. “And what does it have…

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