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Venture Capitalists Are Looking for Failures

Women on Business

According to an article in the April issue of Harvard Business Review , “Failing By Design,” many venture capitalists won’t invest in a new enterprise if the founder has never undergone failure. Career Development Female Entrepreneurs personal development business failure Entrepreneur entrepreneurial Failing by Design failure going out of business Harvard Business Review Maribeth Kuzmeski Red Zone Marketing risk venture capitalist

The Leader as a Venture Capitalist

Kevin Eikenberry

He said that when striving for innovation, leaders should think like venture capitalists. Consider what venture capitalists do.

Organizational Management Lessons from Joe Lacob, the Venture Capitalist who transformed the Golden State Warriors

First Friday Book Synopsis

This is really an interesting article by Bruce Schoenfeld, from the New York Times Magazine: What Happened When Venture Capitalists Took Over the Golden State Warriors: After racking up a historic N.B.A. The article… Read More Organizational Management Lessons from Joe Lacob, the Venture Capitalist who transformed the Golden State Warriors.

The Doerr Institute for New Leaders

Coaching Tip

With a $50 million gift from venture capitalist John Doerr and his wife, Ann, through their private family foundation, Rice University is planning an unconventional approach to developing students into leaders.

Venture Capitalists Get Paid Well to Lose Money

Harvard Business Review

2013 had all the signs of being a comeback year for venture capital. Yet 2013 annual industry performance data from Cambridge Associates shows that venture capital continues to underperform the S&P 500, NASDAQ and Russell 2000. The ongoing poor performance of venture capital firms should be an obvious problem for institutional investors. There are, of course, individual firms that succeed in generating venture rates of return. Finance Venture capital

Research: What Happens to a Startup When Venture Capitalists Replace the Founder

Harvard Business Review

One would assume venture capitalists are rational actors who would not replace founders if it were not in the best interest of the company — at least in terms of its ability to go public or be acquired — but it could also be the case that VCs overestimate the importance of their own role in “professionalizing” the company. Although that fact had been previously established, the effect on performance of the venture had not been.

Beware the Visionary in “Silicon Valley”

The Idolbuster

Peter Gregory, a venture capitalist, gives a teary-eyed TED talk explaining why people should skip college and just go to work. Corporate Idolatry billionare corporate idolatry hbo mike judge office space scorpion silicon valley silicon valley hbo sillicon valley mike judge venture capitalist visionary ceo [link]. In the new HBO show Silicon Valley, Mike Judge sets his sights on, you guessed it, Silicon Valley.

Do You Recognize the Patterns that Lead to Success?

Marshall Goldsmith

My friend Dan Levitan, venture capitalist and managing partner of Maveron does. Dan is one of my coaching clients, and when I started working with him, I had no clue what venture capital even is. Think of it as the 101 of venture capitalism.

Executive Coach Provides Insight and Clarity

Tony Mayo

As a venture capitalist, I hired him to run a portfolio company; as an individual and business person, I continue to benefit from his counsel. Tony and I have known each other 30 years. Over this time, he has repeatedly been a source of insight, clarity and heart.

What Makes a Team Great | Erika Andersen

Erika Andersen

Danny Meyer, President, Union Square Hospitality Group Jul 2 What Makes a Team Great Last night, I was reading an article online, and the author (a venture capitalist) started out by saying that he thought a great senior team was more important to the success of an enterprise than a great idea.

A Strong Team + A Compelling Product = A Much Better Chance at Success

First Friday Book Synopsis

I attended the Southwest Venture Forum yesterday in Dallas. He has worked with Angel Investors, Venture Capitalists, and apparently lives and breathes new ventures. Hall Martin, Director of the Texas Entrepreneur Networks, was a panelist. I suspect he has heard a pitch or twenty from new start-ups seeking money. In the midst of his comments, [.]. Randy's blog entries

3 Simple Words to Revolutionize the World

Mills Scofield

Venture capitalist and former AT&T Labs scientist Deb Mills-Scofield does. weeks til the magic of BIF2015. I am blessed with the gift of my network and can't wait to see my students and clients and friends and friends-to-be.

Should You Pursue Venture Capital Groups?

David A Fields

A question I was asked: Many people I network with suggest I talk with venture capitalists and perhaps intellectual property lawyers. I have found venture capitalists to be fairly closed to outside help.

3 Simple Words to Revolutionize the World

Mills Scofield

Venture capitalist and former AT&T Labs scientist Deb Mills-Scofield does. TIME magazine ( online )!! Thank you Nicha Ratana-Apiromyakij & Saul Kaplan for this honor and story about BIF10. I am so privileged and blessed to be a part of BIF.

How to Make Sure You Leave on a High Note!

Marshall Goldsmith

Recently, I interviewed my friend Dan Levitan, venture capitalist and managing partner of Maveron. Dan’s approach to life and leadership, coming at them from a venture capitalist’s point of view, is very different.

3 Simple Words to Revolutionize the World

Mills Scofield

Venture capitalist and former AT&T Labs scientist Deb Mills-Scofield does. weeks til the magic of BIF2015. I am blessed with the gift of my network and can't wait to see my students and clients and friends and friends-to-be.

Straight Talk for Startups

Leading Blog

I loved this line: “Venture capitalists have one of the greatest jobs in the world. Avoid venture capital unless you absolutely need it. Know why this venture is important to you. E NTREPRENEURSHIP is not for everyone.

130: The Storyteller’s Secret: Why Some Ideas Catch on and Others Don’t | with Carmine Gallo

Engaging Leader

Ben Horowitze, famed venture capitalist Storytelling is the act of framing an idea as a narrative to inform, illuminate, and inspire. Ben Horowitze, famed venture capitalist Storytelling is the act of framing an idea as a narrative to inform, illuminate, and inspire.

Leading a Board of Directors

Great Leadership By Dan

Harvard Business School Professor, Paul Gompers found that among venture capitalists that shared work history the company results decreased by 17%, 19% if they shared an alma mater, and 20% if they shared ethnic backgrounds. If you have taken venture capital you probably have a few of these on your board. He is a venture capitalist with decades of experience with startups. Guest post by Randy Komisar and Jantoon Reigersman : OK, you are now a confident leader.

How To Play Bigger

Eric Jacobson

How category kings have changed the way Venture Capitalists invest in new companies. "The most exciting companies create.

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Listening as a Tool to De-escalate Conflicts

The Recovering Engineer

In Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior Ori and Rom Brafman reference several studies that point to the need to be heard and how it affects people ranging from convicted felons to venture capitalists.

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How To Play Bigger And Be A Category King In Business

Eric Jacobson

How category kings have changed the way Venture Capitalists invest in new companies. "The most exciting companies create.

A Dozen Lessons for Entrepreneurs

Leading Blog

T REN GRIFFIN, who writes the well-read 25iq blog , has assembled a collection of insights for entrepreneurs from some of the most successful venture capitalists and coaches of business founders in the world.

An Opportunity: Startup Weekend Ahmedabad 2013

QAspire

The concept behind SW is simple – people with interest in starting their own ventures spend a weekend together (54 hours) in a group and present their ideas, get like-minded individuals on-board, collaborate and start quick prototyping. Most people have bright ideas and they stop at that.

How to Save Yourself from a Job You Hate!

Marshall Goldsmith

This client is a venture capitalist, and before he commits to any new project, opportunity, or job, he decides on an exit strategy. Saying no is difficult for me. I want to do everything! I want to help everybody! Helping people makes me feel good.

Something Ventured

CEO Blog

Wednesday night I attended a Cinemonde screening of "Something Ventured - Risk, Reward, and the Original Venture Capitalists" (not to be confused by the autobiography on CM Woodhouse called Something Ventured ) It is a great documentary film. I found the film inspirational since what I now do is early stage venture funding. Random tidbits: There is starting to be a chill in the air but the beans continue to yield well.

0815 | Why Innovation Needs Liberal Arts with Scott Hartley

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SCOTT HARTLEY is a venture capitalist and startup advisor. He has served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow at the White House, a partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures, and a venture partner at Metamorphic Ventures.

How to Put Yourself in a Position to Win!

Marshall Goldsmith

One of my coaching clients is Dan Levitan, managing partner of the venture capital firm Maveron. Marshall: One thing that I love about what you are do as a venture capitalist is you grapple with the fact that most investments fail.

Need Money to Launch Your Business? Judy Robinett Can Help You Find It

Building Personal Strength

As I was reading her book for the third time, halfway through the introduction I was stopped by a sentence which explains that she is much more than the author of this book: "I am a consultant specializing in putting early-stage companies in front of angel and venture capital investors."

How To Be A Category King

Eric Jacobson

How category kings have changed the way Venture Capitalists invest in new companies. "The most exciting companies create.

Are Networks Leading Indicators for Innovation?

Mills Scofield

The Venture Capitalist in me finds this very interesting. As some of you know, I am passionate about networking, leading indicators and innovation from new combinations of existing things. I’ve been wondering how networks can be leading indicators for innovation!

Birthing a Baby Unicorn: The Anatomy of a Successful Startup Launch

Great Leadership By Dan

They are also co-authors of THE ULTIMATE START-UP GUIDE: Marketing Lessons, War Stories, And Hard-Won Advice From Leading Venture Capitalists And Angel Investors.

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Vision Slayers: 2 Big Culprits

Ron Edmondson

What’s keeping you from multiplying? Recently, my friends at Exponential released their new FREE eBook, Dream Big: Finding Your Pathway to Level 5 Multiplication.

Four Questions to Ask Before Scaling Your Business

Strategy Driven

This may seem like an odd statement coming from a entrepreneur turned venture capitalist and professor who has spent the last few years in my role at Carnegie Mellon studying scaling startups and teaching a popular graduate course titled The Science of Growth that was recently turned in as a book.

A Leadership Lesson from Trappist Monks that Made Me Rich

Great Leadership By Dan

Then, only two months into the deal, the venture capitalists that controlled our board pushed out my friend and replaced him with a total stranger. Guest post from August Turak : On March 31, 2000, my partners and I sold our company.

Every Business Is (Or Should Be) a Social Business

Mills Scofield

Social entrepreneurs launching ventures may ask themselves if their business models need to be different. As someone who works with a variety of organizations in my roles as strategy and innovation consultant, venture capitalist, professor, and mentor, this question intrigues to me.

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The Time is Now to Become an Entrepreneur

Mills Scofield

Consequently, last year I founded TheFounderProject - a new type of venture fund run almost entirely by students that invests in student startups. We are now a team of 30 ‘ student venture capitalists ’ from all universities in Montreal, Toronto and Halifax.

The New Beta Way To Lead

Eric Jacobson

Drawing on her vast experience as a venture capitalist, organizational design expert, and management consultant, Ardi argues that the future belongs to the Betas.

The Upside of Anger

Marshall Goldsmith

He’d been a successful venture capitalist and invested in several incredibly profitable companies in the past. Getting angry with other people often means you’re just upset with yourself. by Marshall Goldsmith. On a flight from Zurich to New York, I sat next to a very successful investor who had paid too much for a small high-tech firm. As we talked, he told me how livid he was with the owner of the company.

Integrated Marketing and Social Networks

Coaching Tip

On the other hand, they have opened up a lot of opportunities," said David Cowan, a venture capitalist at Bessemer Venture Partners in Menlo Park, CA. Borders Group Inc.,

Every Business Is Social (Like it or not)

Mills Scofield

Investment: Venture capitalists have traditionally funded for-profit businesses with a strong focus on ROI – Return on Investment vs. ROI m – Return on Impact (ROI m will be a forthcoming blog post).

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Assessing Ballmer’s Leadership

Michael Lee Stallard

In the Q&A following my presentation, one of the attendees, a venture capitalist from Silicon Valley, shared with the audience that despite the public’s impression of Apple’s Steve Jobs, a leader who was no stranger to bullying, Apple’s senior leadership team included leaders who collectively brought the Vision, Value and Voice elements of a Connection Culture.