Tag Archives: Leadership

Entrepeneurship is Sailing

For centuries we’ve asked the question, “quantity or quality” but in the world of entrepreneurship there hasn’t been a definite answer. Do you want to start a huge company or a controlled local one? Put out the most product at the lowest price or the expensive yet customizable, organically grown …

Investing Yourself

If it were easy to be a venture capitalist, it would be a much more common resume listing. Being able to identify new and innovative technologies and then generate a high commercial return, at an early stage, is not something you are born with.   And then taking a role to …

Blood, Sweat, and Living Out of Your Car

When someone signs on to start their own company, they dive into a pool of competitors that is very tough to swim out of. Deciding to be an entrepreneur requires hard work that will redefine hard work. It will be a while before the company takes off, and before it …

Term Sheets and Timing

After you’ve received interest from a few venture capitalists, you might feel on top of the world. And you have a reason to feel that way—these are smart, focused people whose job it is to find companies that have the potential to be the best. That means you’ve been doing …

Sink or Swim… Or Float

 Which came first—the venture capitalist or the company? This question is a lot easier to solve than the ages-old debate over the chicken and the egg. Yet lately entrepreneurs have forgotten the answer, tying the two together as inseparable organisms. Companies have been around since the dawn of civilization, when …

If You Build It

The question, “What does it take to make a successful company?” runs through every entrepreneur’s mind before he or she dives into the task. After all, anyone familiar with the sport of start-ups and finding investors knows that not all good ideas win. Some fall away despite their potential, just …

Entrepreneur & Leader: Richard Branson

Richard Branson founded Virgin in 1970 and it’s been growing ever since. When he first started Virgin he was only 20 years old and founded Virgin Record labels. Richard Branson wasn’t an honor student in high school and ended up dropping of Stowe School at age 16.  Surprisingly even though he dropped out of …