Startup founders regularly ask us to sign non-disclosure agreements (NDAs). We never do. In fact, like almost every VC, we have a firm policy against signing them. But this doesn’t stop founders from asking — and I think doing so is a big mistake.

Here’s the typical email exchange:
Founder: I’d…

The Covid crisis provides startups with a great opportunity to do a bottoms-up reevaluation of their businesses.

The Covid-19 pandemic that we are all facing has been, first and foremost, a great personal tragedy. So many lives have been lost and so many people have suffered. I suspect it will scar our collective psyche for many years to come. In addition to this assault on so many…

As consumers, we all get distracted. It seems to happen more easily and frequently these days. Instead of focusing on work or driving or watching the kids, we constantly check Facebook, email, Twitter, and Instagram. And it seems to have led us to suffer from exceedingly short attention spans. We…

With Amazon disrupting and dominating more and more industries, how can your business thrive? Unless your name is Walmart, I don’t recommend competing directly against Amazon. Instead of going head-to-head with Amazon, I suggest focusing on how you can out-flank them.

Start by defining Amazon’s strengths so you know what…

Phil Nadel

Founder, Forefront Venture Partners (formerly Barbara Corcoran Venture Partners)

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