An Open Letter to Startup Founders Everywhere in a Time of Crisis

March 30, 2020 Founders, I’m talking to you. I’m one of you. Your world and mine are different than they were three weeks ago.  A virus has changed everything for your businesses and for your family.  You’re being bombarded by advice for what to do (including mine), and trying to figure out how to make …

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No Vision, All Drive – updated!

This fall, the newest edition of No Vision All Drive by David Brown, my co-Founder and (now) CEO of Techstars was released.  As I read the new book, I am again reminded of the times David and I shared building our first company, Pinpoint Technologies. It’s tough to find honest, concise recollections of the entrepreneurial …

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Micro-VC fund management and capital account statements

I’m a personal investor in about 20 micro-VC funds. Recently one of the GPs of one of those funds asked whether or not it was important to me to receive a quarterly capital account statement, or if they could do it just once a year, or even “never”. I shared with her that my perspective …

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The Trouble with Titles

As of today, I’m changing my title at Techstars to be “Founder and Managing Partner” and I’m dropping the “co-CEO” title. David Brown will become “Founder and CEO” instead of “Founder and co-CEO.” We both remain on the Board of Directors at Techstars. As we approach 300 employees at Techstars with $500M+ in assets under …

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Give First: Harry Stebbings

Harry Stebbings is our guest on the 12th episode of the Give First podcast, released today. Harry has done about 2,800 shows on his own “Twenty minute VC“, including two shows interviewing me, and one show with my Give First co-host Brad Feld. As you can imagine, I was quite nervous to interview him given …

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New book: “Sell More Faster”!

Just the other day, I blogged about the second edition of Do More Faster that Brad Feld and I recently released. When Brad and I first wrote Do More Faster in 2010, our goal was to provide founders everywhere with some principles for building a venture backed business, a map to avoid common pitfalls and …

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