It’s Time for a Mission Statement Makeover

It’s annual planning time. And, our company mission statements—those things that dictate what we wake up to do every morning—are the main thing we all use to guide our plans each year. But so many mission statements are truly bad. Here’s why it matters, and why it might be time for you to change yours.

A Startup Support Guide for My Mom

In just a few weeks, I’m going to see my mom for the holidays. While I’ve been in the startup world for over a decade now, I know my mom (and many of my friends) have no idea about all of the startup jargon we throw around. So, I thought it might be helpful—for my mom and yours—if I put together a “startup terminology guide.”

Show Me The Market, Part II

About a year ago, I wrote a blog post that’s been one of my most-read posts to date. The post was all about why and how startups should define their market size to generate investor interest and excitement. I still firmly believe this is one of the most important things startups can do. And yet, Reilly and I continue to turn down company after company that approaches GAN Ventures without a market size large enough for investment. Here’s why it’s so important.

The Most Successful Startup Teams are Curious

If curiosity means being open to other ways of seeing or doing things, then how does that affect our businesses? How can being curious improve our leadership? And, what’s the business case for being more curious, if anything at all? A couple of weeks ago, a conversation on top of a mountain opened my own eyes a bit around areas where I might need to be more curious, and here’s some of what I’m learning.

We Can All Stop Caring About What Our Competitors Are Doing

If you’ve spent any time around me lately—at ALL—you know that I can’t get enough of SoulCycle. It’s a gym where you ride a stationary bike, but it also strangely feels like the perfect mix between both a club and a church. It’s also an incredible workout and, right now, I am SoulCycle’s biggest fanboy. Last […]

The Four Reasons Our World Needs Startups

About a week ago, I was in Cairo for the Flat6Labs Demo Day. It was an incredible experience all around. Somehow, they actually allowed me to take the microphone and welcome everyone to the event. I would normally get up and say something like, “It’s so great to be here. Thanks for coming. I’m excited to see the companies and hope you are, too.” This time, though, I realized that it wasn’t the type of situation that warranted a soft, generic welcome.

You Actually Aren’t Competing with Bigger Cities

In all of my travel, especially when I visit small or medium-sized cities all over the world, a common theme keeps coming up for me and I think it’s important to address. Here’s what it is and how I think we can make a shift into something far more positive.

Guest Post: More Great Management Tips

After writing my recent post on how the Joy of Managing is in the Struggle, I heard from Doreen Kula, a Venture Development consultant and coach at Winshall, an [LP in the GAN Community]. With a ton of experience under her belt, she had some great insights on management to share and I wanted to pass them along.

Why Accelerators Work

Every month, I inevitably get asked why the accelerator model continues to be so successful. It’s a valid question (and one usually asked by Ph.D. students). This time, I’m breaking it down for everyone to hear.