Why Every Startup Should Have an Advisory Board

Running a business isn’t easy. Demands from your team and your clients can fill every minute of every day and it can be hard to prioritize the work that’s actually essential to you and your company. So sometimes, it really can help to get feedback at the right time, from the right people—people who understand the intricacies of your business and who allow you to be incredibly open and honest.

We Really Need Large Corporates—With the Right Motives

If you read my blog regularly, you know I’m a really big believer in a couple of things: How revenue is one of the most important metrics for startups. And, that partnering with corporates is one of the best ways for startups to generate revenue. But, corporates so often have the wrong motivations for working with founders. Here’s how they can do better.

GAN Partner, Chargebee, on How to Tackle Office Hours with an Investor

I recently wrote about how mentors can best guide founders in one-on-one sessions, and how those founders can best prepare for those sessions in order to take full advantage of their time with mentors. But what if you’re scheduled to sit down with an investor? Is preparation essentially the same, and what are investors looking for? Here’s how to be prepared.

How to Bring Up Issues With Your Business Partner or Leadership Team

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.

When Community Works

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.

Before Ever Applying to an Accelerator, Here’s What You Need to Know

There are 115 accelerators spread across 160 cities in the GAN Community. Their breadth, impact, and results are amazing. In 2018 alone, some 41,000 startups applied for just 1,700 spots at those accelerators. So, this past week, I asked GAN Accelerators one simple question: Before applying to your accelerator, what would you tell startups they need to do to prepare for your program? Here’s what they said.

One Thing That’s Skyrocketing My Productivity

For the past two months, I’ve been keeping close track of the rhythms in my life and, as I’ve taken a look at what’s most life-giving in my world—what gives me the most energy and inspires the most productivity—early results point to one specific thing.

When You Pitch, Focus on Your Essence

When so many of us get asked what we do, we often talk at people for several minutes. Instead, when you pitch, you have to learn to boil everything down to its essence.

When You Pitch, Make Sure to KISS

I recently met with a potential investor in GAN and I thought I’d nailed my opening pitch. As it turns out, I wasn’t as clear as I could have been. So, I wanted to spend some time thinking through the reasons we all do this, some pretty helpful research on this particular topic, and one simple thing I’m doing to fix my own pitch.

How to Give Feedback and Why I’ve Been Doing It All Wrong

Almost every day, I’m asked to give some sort of feedback. It’s just a necessary part of running a company and managing a team. But requests for feedback more often come to me from a founder. Unfortunately, it’s usually from a founder that GAN Ventures decided wasn’t the right fit for us to invest in, for any number of potential reasons. For a while now, though, I’ve felt like I haven’t been very good at giving good feedback—until recently. So I thought I’d share what I’ve been learning and how it affects anyone in the business of giving feedback to others.