For anyone who missed the vibrance and enthusiasm of Startup Week last April, my advice is to get involved NOW for Startup Week 2019! Slated for April 1st - 5th, 2019, planning is already well under way. Applications to participate as a track captain, speaker, volunteer, or official venue are -- click here to get started.
As a first time visitor to Silicon Valley, aptly named for the large number of silicon microchips produced in the early years, I was beyond eager to see what’s considered the global hub of tech innovation and entrepreneurship. During our five day pilgrimage, the Tech Wildcatters team checked all the experiential boxes. And in an unexpected, but natural shift, we found ourselves advocating for Dallas among venture capitalists, founders, and community stakeholders to be the next hub for innovation. I’m pleased to write that it didn’t take much convincing.
We’re thrilled to welcome two new members of the Tech Wildcatters family: Vanessa Camones and Rachel Chang! Rachel will help energize and inspire our team in Dallas, while Vanessa will expand our reach into Silicon Valley, where we’re excited to bring our unique approach to mentorship-driven seed funds.
We’re getting geared up for the fall class and reviewing all the applications received so far. With so many programs (accelerators, incubators, corporate, government, etc) out there, we thought you might like a guide to the one here at TW. So here it is…all your questions answered in one easy place.
We recently posted our top 4 behaviors that are leading signals of failure for a startup. To celebrate the start of what we hope will be a prosperous 2017 for you, we now share the top 5 founder behaviors that are early indicators of success. While many of us intend to do these things, it’s important to bring consistency and a continuous feedback loop to each of them. Documenting and building a process to include these regular behaviors in your business will allow you to build a solid foundation from the beginning.
Have you ever caught yourself saying to someone that it’s not what they say, but what they do that counts? This holds true in most aspects of life, including how and why investments do and don’t pay off.
It’s that time of year when many of us take stock in our lives, what we have accomplished, and the people who are a part of it. I feel fortunate that I got to spend Thanksgiving with my quirky and loving family. They might not look perfect, but they love perfect, which is how I prefer it.
Discover your niche
You are what you do. No matter your field, what you do on a daily basis molds your expertise, thereby making you some-kind-of an expert. To become an expert in your industry, you must not only aim to refine your skills, but to more clearly define them. Aim to discover your niche. The most successful entrepreneurs are not necessarily the thought leaders of their industries. Rather, they are highly specialized experts who have worked tirelessly to define and uphold a personal brand associated with a select set of skills within their industry.
If you’ve started your own business, you’re familiar with late nights and early mornings, the painstaking brainstorming sessions, and the constant feeling that you’re falling behind. There’s also that constant nagging feeling that if you could just get an extra hand or another perspective, you’d be on track. While it is clear that a startup can benefit greatly from mentorship, few consider the benefits from the other side. What can you gain from becoming a startup mentor? Mentoring can be a truly rewarding experience, both personally and professionally. The collaborative process creates an environment for shared learning, allowing you to utilize your past experience, entrepreneurial prowess and rolodex to strengthen existing relationships and to build ones.