Why Communication Skills are Key to Leading a Startup

Effective communication is an absolute requirement for successfully starting a business, but it doesn’t come naturally to many entrepreneurs. Communication is considered a social skill, and inventors and engineers, for example, are not known to be social butterflies. Founders have to communicate their ideas and products to investors, business partners, and the rest of the […]

Stop Glorifying Hustle Porn

I’m getting inundated by Startup Hustle Porn which seems to tell me the only way to grow my startup is to work every waking hour and apparently crush things. Is this really what I’m supposed to be doing?

The Case for Growing Slowly

I wanna go fast! Startups are all about scale and speed (or so I read on Twitter) and my genius idea is no different. How could there possibly be a case for growing slowly if what I really want is a game-changing startup?

What’s Happening Around the Future of Proptech: Drivers, Trends, and Opportunities

In this column, Lerer Hippeau’s Naya Frazier dive into technologies and industries that are exciting, going deep into change drivers and stakeholders while exploring investment trends and opportunities through an early-stage lens.

Don’t Rush into Your Second Act

I just wrapped up my last startup and I’m totally ready to take on the next one! I just had this great idea 5 seconds ago and I’m running with it! If I just had a good outcome on my first run as a Founder, my second one should be even better, right?

Beware the Absentee Landlord of Equity

I’ve got a cofounder who is leaving the company and has a huge chunk of equity. Am I missing something or do they now get the same amount of value that I’ve got except they never have to work for it again while I slave away for the same benefit for the next decade?

7 Tips For Scaling Your Business To Long-Term Success

The keys to sustainable success start with building a solid business platform initially, with a strong support structure for scalability, sustainability, and long-term leadership. The proper support structure can only be built if you commit to and implement the following strategy elements…

7 Ways To Fail In Setting Up Your Board Of Directors

Board expert Nancy Falls outlines the most common mistakes with boards…

OKRs Unite Companies to Achieve Goals

Mastering OKRs is not hard but does take commitment from the top and an understanding that changes in how you plan and collaborate take time as you are acquiring new skills and embedding new behaviors. The destination and journey can be rewarding as they can unite your whole company around a common vision and set of goals.

7 Keys to Scaling Your Startup to be the Next Unicorn

Many entrepreneurs never get past their first-stage focus on their innovative product, scaling the business globally, organizing a structure to handle thousands of employees, and concentrating their focus “on the business” rather than working “in the business.” In my experience, here are some of the key elements of that “second-stage” of entrepreneurship.a