As You Fundraise or Interview, Remember: Lines Not Dots

Most founders think that an initial phone call is the most important interaction with an investor. But, here’s what they’re missing when it comes to following up well and how much their consistent behavior—during a call and beyond—affects our decision to invest.

Say Something Different

Job descriptions for companies are often so similar—and so boring. They consistently say the same kinds of things and give you zero idea about the personality of a company, what it’s like to work there, or what they value. Here’s what you can do to change it up AND some exciting news about joining our team.

What Accelerators Look Like in 2019

Each year, GAN asks the accelerators in our community hundreds of questions on their programs with one goal in mind—to gather concrete insights into the state of the accelerator industry as it stands in any particular year. Responses from our yearly survey questions culminate in a giant data report available to any accelerator from the community that provided us with their data. Though we produce a portion of the report—the year’s most interesting insights—for the public to view, here are some additional insights from data we saw in the full report in 2019.

Why None of Your Company Goals Come to Fruition

Like most companies, we set big goals and we aim to hit them every quarter. It’s part of running a good business. But why is it that companies so rarely actually achieve the goals they set out? Here’s what we realized was off about our goal-setting process and what we’re doing to not only set good goals but to actually achieve them.

GAN Partner, Chargebee, on How Startups Can Get the Most Out of Office Hours with a Mentor

Having been an entrepreneur and starting a company three times before, I know that one of the greatest assets an entrepreneur has is time. Every day, an entrepreneur needs to ruthlessly prioritize how they spend their time building and growing their company. So, office hours with mentors should be a structured but limited time to get advice, spitball ideas, and share cathartic moments. Here’s how to take the most advantage of that time.

What Happened When I Hit a Wall and the Important Question I’m Using to Move Past It

Last week, I wrote about how essential it is to ask yourself one important question before going through an accelerator program: What do you want your (work) life to be like? But I think there’s actually a deeper question behind this question and I came to it after hitting a serious wall a couple weeks ago. Here’s what the question is, why it’s so important, and a tool to help you answer it for yourself.

One Essential Question to Ask When Beginning an Accelerator Program

A shocking 80% of founders grew up in broken or chaotic homes. Though challenging, it means they both thrive in the chaos of running a company but also don’t know what to do when things feel calm. Here’s an important question that Nick, on the GAN team, prompted me to ask myself in the midst of trying to disconnect from chaos and live a calmer life, and I’m sharing it with everyone I know—especially founders.

What the Data Says about Getting into An Accelerator

Once a year, every year, we ask all 110 accelerators in the GAN Community hundreds of questions about their programs. And when we asked them how startups were chosen for their programs in 2018, here’s what they said.

Being a Victim Won’t Make You a Good Boss

Over the weekend, someone on our staff sent me a text about a payroll issue. Everyone on our team gets paid at the end of the month and a paycheck should have hit this person’s account the previous Friday, but it never happened. But, when I got the text, something happened for me that tends to happen a lot. I felt sorry for myself and frustrated at everyone else. Here’s why.

Using a Staycation to Stay Sane

I get about a month of vacation each year and I like to use that time well. After all, a month is a lot of time, but it’s actually not that much time, spread out over 52 weeks. What does “using it well” mean for me? My family and I enjoy experiences. It’s fun hopping […]