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 […]

How to Bring Up Issues With Your Business Partner or Leadership Team

I have two great allies, Dani and Reilly, who I’m constantly working with to build and grow GAN and GAN Ventures. We have incredible relationships and I could not have chosen more fantastic people to work alongside. But, as with any business, conflict and issues emerge along the way. Here’s how we work through that conflict when it arises.

Why We Invest in Authentic Founders

At GAN Ventures, when we invest in startups, we say over and over again that we look for four things and one of them is “authentic founders.” But, what does it mean? Why is it so important? And, how can founders work to become increasingly authentic?

When Community Works

If you’re a leader anywhere, a large part of your role will include bringing people together from different backgrounds and sometimes even different cultures—people who hold varying or even conflicting value sets—and that can be difficult. But, this past week, we hosted the first-ever Global Startup Studio Network (GSSN) retreat and something truly special happened. Here’s what I think helped make it happen.

Before Ever Applying to an Accelerator, Here’s What You Need to Know

There are 115 accelerators spread across 160 cities in the GAN Community. Their breadth, impact, and results are amazing. In 2018 alone, some 41,000 startups applied for just 1,700 spots at those accelerators. So, this past week, I asked GAN Accelerators one simple question: Before applying to your accelerator, what would you tell startups they need to do to prepare for your program? Here’s what they said.

One Thing That’s Skyrocketing My Productivity

For the past two months, I’ve been keeping close track of the rhythms in my life and, as I’ve taken a look at what’s most life-giving in my world—what gives me the most energy and inspires the most productivity—early results point to one specific thing.

When You Pitch, Focus on Your Essence

When so many of us get asked what we do, we often talk at people for several minutes. Instead, when you pitch, you have to learn to boil everything down to its essence.

We Can All Stop Caring About What Our Competitors Are Doing

If you’ve spent any time around me lately—at ALL—you know that I can’t get enough of SoulCycle. It’s a gym where you ride a stationary bike, but it also strangely feels like the perfect mix between both a club and a church. It’s also an incredible workout and, right now, I am SoulCycle’s biggest fanboy. Last […]

The Quarterly Reset

We just held our first day-long “quarterly reset” meeting and the results and outcomes were phenomenal. So phenomenal that I can tell you, with confidence, that they’ll have far more impact on our work than annual planning ever has. Check out our meeting agenda and see what was so special about it by reading on…