The Value of Productive Conflict

“But now, let’s give each other a chance. It’s time to put away the harsh rhetoric. To lower the temperature. To see each other again. To listen to each other again. To make progress, we must stop treating our opponents as our enemy. We are not enemies.”   — Joe Biden, United States President-Elect, acceptance speech […]

Selfless Curiosity — The Revenue Generator

About a decade ago, I was doing sales for a startup that offered a tech solution for pharmacies.  We came across a government initiative (called the 340B program in the United States) that allowed pharmacies to make more money while serving low-income pharmacy customers, and our company’s tech solution would power the initiative.  As I […]

Making Your Work Matter for the World

What do you believe the world could become through your work? I posed this question to all of the 156 accelerators, studios, and corporate innovation teams who joined me at the GAN and GSSN Summit last week, and it became the basis for our three-day Summit. And while that question was posed to everyone attending […]

Becoming Resilient by Being Average

You know exactly what’s going on in the world. Things are tough right now, and all of us are experiencing some kind of hardship. There are socio-political issues around race, and, in the United States, an election that seems to be one of the most important elections we’ll have in our lifetimes. There’s the ongoing […]

Two Important Points For Your Next Pitch

The other day I was on a call with a good friend. He’s a great entrepreneur and asked if he could run the pitch for his new company by me. It was a great pitch. He shared the problems he’s solving, what the product does, the size of the market, and how much the company […]

How the Things We Value Shape Our Identity 

Each of our companies has a set of values. These are listed on our websites, shared when new members join our teams, and put on posters around our offices. Those values guide us and shape the identities of our companies. For instance, at GAN we have the value of “celebration”. When we describe the value […]

Five Low-Cost Customer Acquisition Tactics for Startups

By Robert McClees, HubSpot for Startups Customer acquisition is something that most startups struggle with in the early stages of their business. Founders with limited funding face a multitude of challenges and it’s often hard to dedicate resources to gaining new customers. As startups grow and scale, founders must look for ways to improve upon […]

The New Non-Work Schedule for an Energetic Life

Over the last three months, I’ve had more energy than I’ve had in the previous three years.  The reason is twofold: first, my work schedule is “under control.” I wrote about this a few months ago— Regan (who oversees my calendar) and I spent a lot of time prioritizing the things that need to be prioritized, […]

Built for Speed: Why It’s Important to be Fast

Since GAN’s inception, the community’s mission has been to give startups the power to create and grow their businesses and make a positive impact wherever they call home. Why? Because we believe startups are the job creators, culture-makers, and innovation engines our cities and industries need. Yet, startups can never and will never operate in […]

The Continued Importance of Accelerators

Accelerators have been around for almost fifteen years now. Throughout that time, they’ve supported and funded thousands of startups, many of which have turned into powerful companies and positively impacted communities large and small. The reason for that success is, in many ways, due to what accelerators offer every startup that works with them: A […]