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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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.