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.
Investing in startups via an incubator, tech accelerator, or a VC fund is one of the best things you can do for your portfolio and your personal brand. But like anything else, there are unspoken rules for getting the most out of the experience and making it an enjoyable, meaningful relationship. Here are some of our favorite do’s and don’ts for getting the most out of your investment experience.
Wednesday night we held our first ever Gauntlet Syndicate Dinner. Selery and Tech EdVentures, the first two companies to make it to Level 5, presented in front of our investors to see who wanted to exercise their allocation rights in the seed rounds. We’ll release the final numbers at Pitch Day, but suffice it to say, most investors asked for more than their allocation.