By now, maybe you’ve had a chance to check out the new about.me. If not, you can set up a new page at about.me. If you have a page, you can update your page on the new platform by going to about.me/update.

A little history. We founded about.me in 2013 to offer everyone more control over how they represent themselves online. At that time, everyone was talking about social media — whether it was Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. …


One of the more complex issues Founders face in structuring their start-up is how to split equity between Founders, Team Members and Advisors. It’s a tricky issue to navigate if you haven’t done it before, one that is easy to second guess at a later date. There are some basic concepts to grasp as you fund your start-up, getting these right is mission critical as it creates the right structure to keep all key parties properly motivated in the ebb & flow of building a start-up and fairly rewarded when you have a successful exit. Some thoughts:

Founders — the…


I’ve been thinking a lot about mentorship lately and how I’ve been fortunate to have impactful “mentors” for most of my personal and professional life. When evaluating investments or hiring people, I often ask people to tell me about their mentors/ advisors — surprisingly, it turns out, a lot of people have a hard time identifying or locking down mentors/ advisors. I’ll start by telling you that though it may seem hard on the surface, in reality, it’s just a question of figuring out some key steps. A good mentor can be a great sounding board, devil’s advocate, or a…


A few weeks ago I posted some thoughts on Q’s I think you should be prepared to answer when raising your first round of capital. I thought it might be helpful if I shared inputs on what you might want to include in your pitch deck.

I’ve seen several thousand pitches at this point as an investor. When raising seed capital, your first meeting is your most important. Most investors will know within 10–20 minutes if your idea is something they’re excited to pursue. Creating a compelling deck is relatively straight forward if you have a great vision and team…


Raising Capital — some Q’s you should be prepared to answer

I’ve been writing a weekly column on entrepreneurship for Entreprenuer.com this month. My get cut down to 500 words for today’s “bite-sized” reader. NTL, I like the original better…….

You’ve got a big idea, you have a vision. In my experience raising capital, investors have a tendency to ask similar questions around Team, Market, Product, Outreach, Business Model and Capitalization. In my opinion, there are better question to ask (more on that later) but these are the basic 6 areas you need to proactively address when pitching investors. …


What’s Next @ about.me

The story of about.me’s creation, acquisition and recent spin out tends to generate a lot of interest and conversation. “Why did we start about.me?” very quickly leads to “what are you going to do with it next?”

The “Why” is easy. When we founded about.me in 2011, we weren’t simply looking to build a better widget. Instead, Ryan, Tim and I wanted to build something that reframed social media so that everyone on the planet could assert their own identity. We wanted to offer everyone more control over how they represent themselves online. At that time, everyone was talking about…


Indus Valley, Ladakh India (Tony Conrad)

Off the Grid in the Himalaya’s

There are lots of people (brilliant, high-achieving, incredibly successful people) who regularly turn off their phones, close their iPads and let their minds recover from the effects of an ever-increasing tendency to always be plugged in, tuned in and turned on. Call it meditation or simply being in the moment, the time these people take to disconnect from technology is rumored to lead to longer, healthier, happier and more productive lives, as well as increasing familial bonds and personal satisfaction.

Unfortunately, I’m not that guy. Most of the founders/entrepreneurs I know are not that person.

As a founder/entrepreneur, you live…

Tony Conrad

Founder about.me/ Sphere; True Ventures (WordPress, MakerBot, Blue Bottle Coffee, High Fidelity, Slack, Pluralsight); Serious Parking Karma & Drip Coffee Skills

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