You will spend way more time than you think with your VCs. Here are a few simple rules to make sure you pick them well.
At some point in your company's life, things will go wrong. When that happens, you need to figure out why, and how to fix it. Here's a plan for doing t…
There are many good reasons to start a startup. This is a list of reasons not to start a startup.
As a founder, you’re never “done" with work on any given day. To maintain my sanity, I have one rule: either be working or be *actively not working*.
Are you actually running a startup or are you “playing startup?” First-time founders have a tendency to focus on things that feel like work—but are act…
Having sold two companies (to Oracle & Dropbox), my first piece of advice to people asking about getting acquired is usually, “Don’t sell.”
In our first startup, we spent a ton of energy fretting about what our competitors were up to. Turns out, that was a total waste of time.
People fetishize venture capital, but it’s a misguided obsession. Your company isn’t less legit if you haven't raised VC.
Conventional wisdom is: Don’t raise money from a ton of angel investors because it’ll clutter the cap table and be a pain in the butt. I strongly disag…
You can only get someone to do one thing per email. This may sound like a no-brainer, but most people don’t do this.
Or: success at fundraising is not really an accomplishment—the hard work still lies ahead of you.
I'm an engineer by training. In my first startup, I was thrust into the sales role, and really enjoyed it. Here are some lessons I learned along the wa…