Transformation Through Technology: A Vision for Embedding Micro-battles

Transformation Through Technology: A Vision for Embedding Micro-battles We’ve talked to roughly 800 companies about the Founder’s Mentality® and micro-battles. We’ve also been involved in hundreds of micro-battles ourselves. Patterns emerge. We’ve used these blogs to discuss those patterns in detail. Now we want to step back and give you our latest views on how […]

Cryptic Startup Terms

The startup world throws around a lot of jargon. Some of it is fluff, some of it is important. Rather than pretend like you know what people are talking about, I’ve found it’s good to make sure I actually understand the terminology. So, here’s a few essential startup terms you should know. KPI Stands for Key […]

5 Things I Need To See Before Making A VC Investment: Alexander Niehenke, Partner at Scale Venture Partners

“Venture is very much about first and second derivatives, not absolutes. As an investor, growth trumps everything, so it is critical to identify the metric of value creation and then measure traction.” I had the pleasure to interview Alexander Niehenke. Alexander is a Partner at Scale Venture Partners, a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm focused […]

Startup Rule#1: Nobody Cares

There is a lot of positive energy, excitement and hoopla that surrounds new entrepreneurs and startups who have a vision of how to change the world according to their own point of view. Trouble is, nobody cares. Not really. Sure, your parents may care. Your spouse may care. Your startup investors may even care — a little […]

Measuring Continuous Improvement

Accurately measuring a company's performance and progress for continuous improvement is no easy task and understanding that data and how to use it can be even more difficult. In this article, I want to cover what continuous improvement is, how to implement key performance indicators (KPI’s) as well as how to measure that data in […]

The 8 Rules of Leadership by Jack Welch

Leadership is all about growing others. It's about your team and its welfare. It's about your direct reports and their performance. Leadership is a tough act. It's a daily balancing act. As a leader, you're expected to use your insight, experience, and rigor to balance the conflicting demands of short- and long-term results. So, what do leaders do? […]

Investment firm is scouring the Midwest for small yet promising start-ups, particularly for a new seed fund

COLUMBUS, Ohio — They seem an odd couple. J. D. Vance, author of “Hillbilly Elegy,” his best-selling memoir of growing up in the postindustrial Midwest and his journey of escape. And Steve Case, the billionaire co-founder of America Online. But Mr. Vance joined Mr. Case’s investment firm this year to scour the Midwest for small yet promising […]

Bill Gurley called on Silicon Valley’s “unicorn” start-ups to grow up, get profitable or go public.  

  Influential venture capitalist Bill Gurley says it's time for Silicon Valley's "unicorns" to grow up. Gurley, a partner at venture capital firm Benchmark, spoke in an interview on CNBC's "Squawk Alley" on Friday, following the IPO of Stitch Fix, an e-commerce fashion start-up backed by his firm. Stitch Fix priced shares at $15, below its expected range, […]