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.
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.
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.
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.
Most of us are getting bombarded with incoming messages, all the time. Emails, texts, voicemails, meetings, surprise drop-ins, and…Slack. Not only has the constant barrage been hard on my time, but it’s been hard on my mental health. So, I decided to choose only the communication channels that work for me, and it’s made all the difference.
As I’ve been talking with startups lately, they seem to be doing pretty great at raising capital. They also seem to be doing pretty great at selling their products. But—when it comes to managing an account after gaining a new customer—they’re often blowing it. Here’s how to do better.
If we followed what the numbers tell us, we’d only write about how to get you funding and the latest news on Elon Musk breaking up with his girlfriend. But, while those play a role in startup life, they’re not always what we most deeply care about. So, we’ve been asking ourselves big questions about how we’re producing content and where we’re engaging online.
Most students leaving school believe that a startup will allow them to live the life they have right now (in college). And I would argue that most “grown-ups” believe the same thing about startups. That they are always fun, exciting, and high-energy. But the magic is actually in the minutiae.
A lot of people ask me if I love my job and enjoy what I do. And most of the time I do. But while I love the GAN Community, my colleagues, and the fact I get to invest in startups, the main reason I get up in the morning every day is this chart…