A Coronavirus Job Description

I was talking with my friend Brian Howard last week, and he made a simple point:  “The world has changed in the past two weeks. That means our clients‘ jobs have changed – which means our jobs have changed.” Now, more than ever, each of us needs to take a realistic look at what we […]

Data-Driven Hope

This is an interesting time. You’re getting no shortage of emails coming to your inbox about how this is “unprecedented” and “difficult.” I find when I hear things like that, I usually turn inward and focus on myself. But during “unprecedented and difficult times,” that’s not what we need and definitely not what those around us […]

A Thank You to Techstars

Today, we wanted to say “thank you” to Techstars.

Techstars has been an integral part of the GAN origin story and will always be a part of our history. In 2010, alongside the White House’s Startup America Initiative, Techstars launched GAN to align the accelerator industry around globally accepted best practices and create a standardized model for their success. Techstars founders Brad Feld and David Cohen convened the first group of top mentorship-driven, seed-stage accelerators from around the globe in 2011, and GAN wouldn’t be where we are today and have been able to impact startup communities, accelerators, and founders without their vision.

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 […]