It’s Time for a Mission Statement Makeover

It’s annual planning time. And, our company mission statements—those things that dictate what we wake up to do every morning—are the main thing we all use to guide our plans each year. But so many mission statements are truly bad. Here’s why it matters, and why it might be time for you to change yours.

We Really Need Large Corporates—With the Right Motives

If you read my blog regularly, you know I’m a really big believer in a couple of things: How revenue is one of the most important metrics for startups. And, that partnering with corporates is one of the best ways for startups to generate revenue. But, corporates so often have the wrong motivations for working with founders. Here’s how they can do better.

A Startup Support Guide for My Mom

In just a few weeks, I’m going to see my mom for the holidays. While I’ve been in the startup world for over a decade now, I know my mom (and many of my friends) have no idea about all of the startup jargon we throw around. So, I thought it might be helpful—for my mom and yours—if I put together a “startup terminology guide.”

Using Data Over Emotions: Finding the Truer Story

When we’re exhausted, it can lead us to act in ways that are out of alignment with both our individual goals, and our more collective company goals. So, instead of being swayed by every wind that comes my way, here’s how I’ve been using data to tell me the more accurate story.

Nine Takeaways for Startups After Our Global Tour

We just finished GAN’s first Momentum Tour, a four-stop global tour with events in Pittsburgh, Hamburg, Lima, and Manama. After reflecting on all of the startups we met along the way, here’s what’s so special about running a company outside of a major tech hub, and why it can be more of a challenge.

GAN Partner, Chargebee, on How to Tackle Office Hours with an Investor

I recently wrote about how mentors can best guide founders in one-on-one sessions, and how those founders can best prepare for those sessions in order to take full advantage of their time with mentors. But what if you’re scheduled to sit down with an investor? Is preparation essentially the same, and what are investors looking for? Here’s how to be prepared.

Our Obsessive Fear of Failure

One of my favorite theologians is a man named N.T. Wright. He writes a lot on the “afterlife” and what may happen when we die. At the beginning of one of his books, he makes a point about how our view of the afterlife affects how we live today. In other words, what we believe […]

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How I Use Gratitude To Reset My Day

Lately, I’ve been stuck in my head. It’s been a busy time for me both professionally and personally. We’re on-boarding a bunch of new people to the GAN team. We’re in the midst of our first global Momentum Tour. And I’m about to be out of the office because my family and I are going […]

Show Me The Market, Part II

About a year ago, I wrote a blog post that’s been one of my most-read posts to date. The post was all about why and how startups should define their market size to generate investor interest and excitement. I still firmly believe this is one of the most important things startups can do. And yet, Reilly and I continue to turn down company after company that approaches GAN Ventures without a market size large enough for investment. Here’s why it’s so important.