Founders

What Advice Would You Give Mompreneurs?

This is a guest post by Lucy Sanders, the CEO of the National Center for Women & Information Technology.  Q: When evaluating a start-up by a mompreneur (or to go broader female first-timer) what do you typically see as the weakest link (in supporting roles, research, presentation, concept etc). With respect to this, if you…

Not All Founders Are Founders

David Cohen has today’s great post up titled The Boomerang Founder.  He defines "the Boomerang Founder is the one that “throw away” but then comes back later on and hits you upside the head, often causing significant trauma." "You start a company, and you and a couple of buddies get together and draft a simple…

Founders Termination Clause In Term Sheets?

Q: Thank you very much for your term sheet series.  Not being that familiar with "specific" term sheets, I have heard something about VC terms that effectively allow the VC to fire the founder(s) and in the process relieve them of their shares since they had then left the company before liquidity. I have read…

I’ve Got A Huge Vision for Something, Now What?

Q: I have developed a really cool technology that I really think could essentially solve several huge issues: Piracy (music and even movies), Apple’s monopoly on digital media players and much more. How the heck do I approach this? I really think I’ll need to not only develop the technology (which is my area) but…

What Skills Do You Look For In Founders?

Q: What are the most important functional skills that you look for in a startup’s founders and on a startup team? Sales/Marketing/Operations/Technical/Changes every times? A: (Brad): There are two attributes I want on every founding team – deep tech skills and capable sales skills.  Occasionally these come together in one person (e.g. a deep tech…