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, With Arjun Arora of 500 Startups

I had the pleasure to interview Arjun Arora. Arjun is currently a Partner at 500Startups — the most active early stage venture firm in the world. He leads the firms efforts for fundraising and investor relations, works closely with the accelerator, does direct investments and assists with the regional 500 funds. Arjun was the Founder of ReTargeter […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

From Their Innovation Stage to Operational Excellence, How do Start Ups get to the next level?

Nearly every successful tech startup I’ve observed over the past 20 years has gone through a similar growth pattern: Innovate, systematize then scale operations. An alternate outcome that I also unfortunately observe in some cases are companies who had extreme early success with an initial product adoption but failed in key areas that limited the […]