Between wooing potential investors and meeting people at parties, you're going to have to tell your company's story thousands of times. Worry not—there are excellent ways to pitch your heart out every time.
Recently, I've seen plenty of commentary in the popular press (especially on Fox News) about the inappropriateness of leaders taking vacation. As summer winds down, a look at the merits of vacation, and how to prepare your staff for it, so everyone comes out happy.
When Jason and I set out to write "Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist," we both agreed that we wanted to try to create as useful and durable a reference guide for entrepreneurs interested in raising a round of venture capital as we could.
Every company we invest in aspires to lead whatever market segment it is in. In many cases, they want to create entirely new markets. Regardless, they always have competition, whether from other startups, existing companies, large incumbents, or companies they don't even know about yet.
I had two similar experiences last week where I heard from employees of two different companies that I'm on the board of. In each case, a senior exec said something like "I heard the board wants us to do blah."
Amy and I have just launched a new project we are working on together called Startup Marriage: Balancing Entrepreneurship and Relationship. It includes a blog, a tweet stream, and a book (hopefully by the end of the year).