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?
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
The fundraise as an end in itself: this is the trap that many are guilty of falling into, even for a brief moment. The point of raising money is to help your company more quickly and thoughtfully build a successful business. But there are far more important metrics that need to be tracked to determine […]
Below is a story about one founder whose personal story inspired his startup journey. All founders need to look for deep motivations that will sustain them through the droughts and storms that inevitably come when building a company. The perfect example of this is Nicolette, a recent graduate from the Boomtown Accelerator in Boulder, Colorado. […]
*Originally posted on CNBC here. It’s no coincidence that some of the most successful start-ups in history — including many of the so-called “unicorns” — are headquartered in Silicon Valley. The Bay Area’s proximity to top tech talent, a plethora of incubators and accelerators, and a “who’s who” of innovative companies make it a fertile […]
Most of us have experienced depression or anxiety in one form or another. Whether we have personally faced it or watched a family member or founder struggle through it, we’ve seen how it can impact our work, our relationships, and the overall health of those going through it along with the people who care about […]