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.

Funding Raised is not a KPI

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 […]

Mission Fueled

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. […]

Four Reasons You Don’t Have to Move Your Start-up to Silicon Valley to be Successful

*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 […]