April, 2018

What Can You Learn From Ring’s Astounding Success?

Both Sides of the Table

Many people will write the history on why Ring became an enormously successful company and why it became a real-world unicorn in a world when many startups are anointed that merely on paper. Since I had a ringside seat to the company before it really existed all the way through the end I thought I’d offer my version and what I think it means for our future.

A Meeting of Unreasonable Minds

Entrepreneurs' Organization

A successful entrepreneur, businessman and EO Bahrain member, Suhail Algosaibi had long thought about how he could use his position and his company—FALAK Consulting—to make real, radical and sustainable change in his corner of the world.


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No Excuses not to Travel: Noken is the First Digital Native Tour Operator and Here's Why I Backed It

This is going to be BIG.

A few weeks ago, I booked a customized tour of Iceland with Noken , and I did it in about five minutes. All I had to do was to tell Noken how long I planned to go, what level of hotel and car I wanted, and then I had the option to add on a few extras, and within minutes my entire trip was booked. I had a connection to my own personal trip concierge and a custom app that outlined my trip.

The 18-month rule and a harrowing tale


It can take 18 months from initial concern about a critical employee to getting a replacement up to speed. Of course, I’ll tell another harrowing story here. But first. an old friend, Dick Tanaka, gets credit for the 18-month rule.

The 5 Stages of Account-Based Marketing — and How to Win Them All

Successfully complete the five stages of ABM: define, identify, engage, convert, and connect. We’ll show you how to create a unified system with your sales team to help them land more qualified opportunities and connect with prospects like never before.

The Series A Round: “Could A Round By Any Other Name Smell As Sweet?”


Too many investors subscribe to the Patek Phillipe school of investing “you don’t own the companies’ problems, you merely hold onto them [until you] can get the company to the next round of investors. ” — Micah Rosenbloom of Founder Collective, April 2018. If you’ve followed me on Twitter or this blog, you’ve likely seen me ( too often ) talk about this term — The Series A — again and again.

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The Disappearance of the Fundraising Demo

Tomasz Tunguz

Ten years ago, Guy Kawasaki took this photograph of me. I was attending my first YCombinator Demo Day, maybe three months into my time at Redpoint. Much has changed. I’m am not as young or as green. YCombinator has thrived and scaled. And the startup demo has disappeared. At that August Demo Day, each pitch lasted eight minutes. Without fail each featured a demonstration of the product. It was the height of the Web 2.0 The iPhone was just a year old and mobile hadn’t blossomed yet.

5 Ways One Entrepreneur Is Giving Disadvantaged Teens a Fresh Start

Entrepreneurs' Organization

For Jabez LeBret, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals combined with his experience as an EO San Diego member provided the inspiration to serve his community’s marginalized youth—an effort that’s earned him a nomination for EO Global Citizen of the Year.

To Fundraise While You're Not Fundraising or to Not Fundraise While You're Not Fundraising? That is the Question.

This is going to be BIG.

"I'm not raising right now." When said to a VC, this is one of the biggest BS lines out there. You're literally talking to an investor, and if they offered you a big check at a great deal, you'd take it, no? So, how could you say you aren't fundraising? On the other hand, some founders *literally* aren't fundraising. They won't share any info on what's going on with their company, even with investors that are really excited about their concept.

Entrepreneurs: Employment law is not on your side!


Small companies most often scrape by with borrowed or invested funds, doing everything possible to grow and prosper with limited resources. So, it is like a punch in the gut when an employee makes a claim against the company for a perceived or actual but unintentional violation of a law or regulation. Or when a former employee strikes out with a suit claiming discrimination for one of a thousand causes.

The Ultimate Guide to Executive Recruiting

Sourcing the right executive candidates and filling key managerial roles in an organization can be difficult, even in the best of times. Download this eBook to level up your discovery process, talent sourcing, and strategies for reaching your best-fit candidates.

Investing Notes From The Inaugural Pre-Seed Summit


Earlier today, the folks from Afore Capital hosted their inaugural “Pre-Seed Summit” in San Francisco. About 150 people showed up, a healthy mix of founders, seed-stage investors and big fund VCs, and a bunch of LPs of various sizes. Some press showed up, too. “Pre-Seed” is somewhat of a controversial term in the investing world, triggering reactions questions its validity, its effectiveness, and even its contribution.

­­­Community Management Churn: How to Prevent the Crisis


Many coworking providers dread the moment a Community Manager hands in their employment notice. That Manager knows the life story of every member who walks through the door. They’ve set up and established multiple processes first-hand whilst carrying the patience of a Saint and the fire of a networking God.

Why venture capitalists are investing in international startups

David Teten VC

Why are more US VCs investing in international startups? Take a look at The Fortune Unicorn List : of the top 100 most valuable unicorns in 2016, 39 are currently based outside of the United States. While fundraising of US VCs has dropped slowly as a percentage of global limited partner allocations over the last decade, non-US startups are receiving a more rapidly increasing percentage of that money. Source: NVCA, Pitchbook.

Look Back: Breast Cancer Prevention Innovator Wins at 2017 EO GSEA

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Just one year ago in Frankfurt, Germany, Julián Ríos Cantú was named the winner of the EO Global Student Entrepreneur Award competition. Read how—and why—this Mexican teen has set out to transform breast cancer prevention and treatment.

12 Plays to Kickstart Your Recruitment Process

To stay ahead in this race, every recruiter needs a good playbook. In this eBook, we lay out 12 recruiting plays that can automate key steps in your recruitment process, helping you reduce both the cost and the time it takes to hire the best candidates.

Incubation is the right model for a “Grow Your Own” strategy (Part Two)

Carol Lauffer

In the last blog, the importance of a “Grow Your Own” strategy was discussed. But, which entrepreneurial support model is the best one to deploy when pursuing a “Grow Your Own” strategy and aiming to start and retain homegrown businesses? Incubation (in an incubator facility) is the best model (versus accelerators). Basically, a combination of the incubation process and the length of time that a company spends in an incubator help to retain homegrown businesses.

So, what if you run out of money?


Money in the bank is like oil in the car. Certainly, you have many ways you are pulled every day, both tactical and strategic. But when money is the issue, your time, energy and focus are drained from other important areas of your life or business. Running out of money is not always synonymous with “going broke”. Many great businesses in their growth periods find themselves stretched for cash.

Why I Overestimate My Contribution to My Team

Tomasz Tunguz

“When I die, I want all the people with whom I worked on group projects to lower me into my grave, so they can let me down one last time.” ” Someone once sent me this e-card as a joke. I laughed and laughed, and never forgot it. I can’t remember a school group project which teammembers contributed equally. Paradoxically, I bet everyone in the group felt the same way. There’s a good reason I bristled in those group projects.


You're the CEO.

This is going to be BIG.

It's really hard to advise a company when you don't have all the information--and no one has more information than the CEO of the company. Sometimes, you might believe the CEO is ill-informed, and you're a check on the amount of homework they've done to seek out solutions to a problem, or which metrics or signals they're paying close enough attention to.

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12 Tips for Selling to the C-Suite

The question for sales pros is this: Are you ready for the challenge, and opportunity, of selling to the C-suite? The following 12 tips can help ensure that you and your team are.

#MovingForward movement: VCs and a diverse, inclusive, and harassment-free workplace

David Teten VC

HOF Capital recently joined the # MovingForward movement of VCs committed to diverse, inclusive, and harassment-free workplaces.

Dutch Studentpreneur Looks Back on GSEA

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) ‘s Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (EO GSEA) encourage “studentpreneurs” to grow their businesses with support from mentors and fellow entrepreneurs.

How to Use Social Media In Your Event Marketing Strategy

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Written for EO by Raul Harman, editor in chief at Technivorz blog. What if you threw a party and nobody came? The chances of this happening in the age of Facebook and Twitter are slim, right?

You Can’t Afford to Make this Mistake With Your Company Culture

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Written for EO by Marina Byezhanova, co-founder and director at Pronexia Inc. headhunters for small- to medium-sized businesses and company culture consultants. .

The Power of Conversation Intelligence

This eBook will answer all your questions and more on Conversation Intelligence (CI) by providing a complete overview and its need in Revenue organizations - delivering impact from your Sales Development Representatives all the way to the C-Suite.

6 Reasons Why Every Entrepreneur Should Have a Personal Blog

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Online content is a key ingredient of every marketing strategy. And one of the most popular and effective ways to establish a positive online presence is a blog. Blogging can pay off faster than any other marketing strategy and requires almost no investment. Still not convinced?

Thinking of a Rebrand? Here’s How to Start.

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Written by Paul Binsfeld, founder and president of Company Nurse , LLC, and Kathy Heasley, founder and president of HEASLEY&PARTNERS. If you are not a brand, you are a commodity. And the only thing that makes a commodity different is price. A brand, on the other hand, is unique.

Bringing Top Studentpreneurs Together

Entrepreneurs' Organization

Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) ‘s Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (EO GSEA) encourage studentpreneurs to grow their businesses with support from mentors and fellow entrepreneurs.

4 Traits to Look for In Your Next Hire

Entrepreneurs' Organization

When I first started out as a business leader , I worked alone from a home office. If I needed help, I asked my brothers or hired a freelancer I found online. While a few freelancers turned into long-term contractors, I didn’t have any full-time employees.

100 Pipeline Plays: The Modern Sales Playbook

For the first time, we’re sharing the winning plays that took us from scrappy startup to a publicly traded company. Use our proven data-driven plays to grow your pipeline and crush your revenue targets.