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?

The Tradeoffs We Make as Founders

Thriving amidst the chaos of running a startup isn’t exactly a cake walk. So, when I see someone pulling it off even relatively well, I get intrigued and want to know more. That’s exactly how I felt after meeting Piper Foster Wilder, CEO of 60Hertz and a renewable energy expert who’s not only running a company but doing it while caring for a newborn.

10 Women-Run Startup Founders You Should Know

Over the past few years, both the total number and overall percentage of female founders at GAN Startups have increased drastically. Multiple factors are leading to the rise, but here are a few GAN Startup founders (who happen to be women) that are worth watching.

How to Be a Great Co-Founder

A business is often only as strong as its relationships—inside and out. So, Reilly—my GAN Ventures Co-Founder—and I have worked hard to make sure our relationship was a top priority. Here are several specific habits we’ve adopted to keep our partnership strong.

This Isn’t Easy

I often find myself thinking that I’d love for things in my life to be easier. But what if they’re not supposed to be? What if I should consider the trade-offs I’m making when I decide to take on something new? And, what if the fact that things are hard means I’m actually doing what I’m supposed to be doing?

Changing the Tapes

That negative mental soundtrack you have going on in your head is not only keeping you from the truth of who you are, it’s also killing your ability to grow your company.

What Are You Building & Why?

I start every GAN Ventures diligence meeting with the same question: “What are you building and why?” I love this question because it is so simple, but incredibly revealing. By the time I’m asking the question, I’m pretty familiar with the company – I’ve reviewed the pitch deck and done plenty of basic research. I […]

Becoming Increasingly “Whole”

The GAN community is dedicated to helping people reach their full potential. We do that by being authentic about who we are, by challenging one another appropriately, and by working hard to understand one another’s goals to help everyone achieve wholeness.

Investing in People & Places

Advances in technology have made it possible to interact with people and things across boundaries and distances, yet many people in communities all over the world are deeply rooted in and motivated by a deep sense of their local place. One such community is Telluride, Colorado, which is home to GAN Member Telluride Venture Accelerator […]

Getting Startups the Human and Financial Capital They Need

When a startup is getting off the ground and running, it’s easy to think of a lot of things they need help with. The first one people think about is capital and the second one is usually customers. However, startups also need a lot of social support. They need to know that they’re not alone in this journey.