startup advice

May
13

Startups Should Build Less and Sell More

“If you build it, they will come.” Field of DreamsIn this iconic movie, Kevin Costner’s character hears a voice
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Apr
29

4 Tips to Hire an Awesome Software Engineer

As a computer engineer and former CTO, startups often ask me “how can I hire an awesome developer?” and “how
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Dec
03

The Achilles Heel of Every Great Idea

Ever since I started investing, both as an angel, and now as a venture capitalist at Detroit Venture Partners, there
4 min read
Nov
24

24 Business Insights I’ve Learned from Billionaire Dan Gilbert

I moved to Detroit a little more than 2 years ago, joining Detroit Venture Partners (DVP). While here, I’ve
7 min read
Oct
14

The One Competitor Your Startup Forgot About

Startup Competition is GoodStartups are competitive by nature. They are out to solve a problem or change the world in
4 min read
Sep
04

5 Secrets for Getting a VC to Respond to Your Email

I get a lot of email. I mean a lot. Close to 100,000 emails last year. And I try
3 min read
Jul
06

The #1 Marketing Tip Your Startup Needs to Know

Updated to include the new Samsung Galaxy S4 ads and how they compare to Apple’s on August 12, 2013.
3 min read
May
28

The Ultimate Failures that Killed My Last Startup

This is a story that has never been shared in its entirety. Despite a successful sale of our startup, ParentsClick,
6 min read
Apr
16

The Best Startup Advice I've Ever Gotten

“Think bigger” George Zachary, General Partner, Charles River Ventures (early investor in Twitter & Yammer)I could leave it at
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