Notes on working with VCs.
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Starting up is really hard.

By the time you find yourself with an investor, you feel a bit more seasoned to nail the pitch and leave with positive results. However, there are no guarantees and raising capital is nearly impossible, especially for underrepresented founders.

Fundraising is a mode that requires constant attention and a whole lot of grit. With preparation, founders can achieve greater results and leverage every investor interaction as an opportunity to build the business.

Here are a few of my initial reflections from Mastering the VC Game by Jeffrey Bussgang.

You’ve been there right? A founder with an awesome idea and 10x potential sets out on a journey to go from zero to unicorn status in breakneck speed. Some call that Blitzscaling.

Blitzscaling is a specific set of practices for igniting and managing dizzying growth; an accelerated path to the…

Enjoyed the leadership lessons offered by Liane Hornsey, Chief People Officer at Uber, during yesterday’s 10th Annual Central Coast Business Symposium hosted by Andre Morris & Buttery.

Here are a few of my favorite highlights:

Treat your people like people no matter who they are or where they come from.

Find a way to involve them in decision making. Let them take an active role in shaping the future of the company.

Consider burning the boats. A.k.a. the old methods of tracking and rewarding performance.

Be accessible. Get rid of the silos!

Find a way to tie your Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives to the heart of your business model.

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