Posts Tagged ‘CEO’

What Moral Obligations Do CEOs Have To Their Employees?

Thank you again, ideal employee, on everything you continue doing. We could not achieve what we want without you. I asked you to be loyal, be a positive force, do your best always, recruit your friends, have the company’s best interest always in mind, own up to your mistakes, don’t wait to tell us about…

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Should I Work With My Best Friend As A Cofounder?

I had a very close friend who was a co-founder of my company.  Here’s what happened: “You have an EQ of zero!” Ken yelled at me. “What the hell is an EQ?” I asked. “Perfect!” Ken screamed back. Then he hung up the phone. Those were the last words Ken ever said to me. Just…

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When Should I Hire A COO?

I added a COO as a cofounder to my company. He was talented, had tons of experience and knowledge, and he helped me secure funding. There was just one little problem with having a Chief Operations Officer in a startup, especially an early stage startup. And that problem is… Startups, especially early stage startups, don’t…

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Is It Good To Approach Multiple Investors At The Same Time?

YES! Absolutely go to multiple VCs in parallel. I was fortunate to be an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) at a leading Bay Area VC. I learned something very important: A VC will invest in one company for every 100 face-to-face meetings a partner takes. The only fighting chance you have is pursuing multiple investors. My…

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What Are Some Good Questions To Ask A Potential Cofounder?

I had known and worked with one of my co-founders for over twenty years. Two of my co-founders came through recommendations of other co-founders. Another co-founder and I worked together and had known each other for about nine years. The one thing all my co-founders had in common was they all came through trusted sources.…

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Learn How Using Empathy Gets The Ultimate From Your Team

“There are a lot of negotiators that really will give in on a deal because being understood is more important than getting what they want.” Chris Voss, the FBI’s former lead hostage negotiator said. [Do you want to grow your business? Maybe I can help. Click here.] In fact, the first thing master-negotiator Voss teaches…

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What Do VCs Look For In A Pitch?

Reid Hoffman, founder of LinkedIn and VC at Greylock, has a great post on pitching What I Wish I Knew Before Pitching LinkedIn to VCs. My own two cents based on my experience is: A.  Think visually. VC’s like graphics, not text, so don’t overload your presentation with text. B.  Grab your audience in the…

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Can You Avoid No Man’s Land? Your Startup Depends On It.

Have you ever found yourself in No Man’s Land? You know. It’s kind of like you’re driving along on the highway, and a sign comes along: “Next gas, 50 miles.” Your tank is close to empty. And you’re wondering, “Can I make it another 50 miles?” The temperature is close to 100 degrees outside. You…

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