Know When To Fold ‘Em

My interviews with venture capital’s most successful failures have proven that the sage old advice from Kenny Rogers still applies: “Ya gotta know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em, know when to walk away and know when to run.” It’s not time to run, but it is time to fold up the […]

Fail Fast! Jeff Novich On What Made His Start-up Fail At Launch

As a serial entrepreneur Jeff Novich could spot a problem that meant opportunity.  His Dad had one of those problems in his medical practice.  Doctors’ offices were drowning in paper and inefficient communication.  Jeff and his dad saw an opportunity to disrupt how medical offices operate and at the same time improve patient care and […]

Co-founders, Paparazzi & Family…Oh My! Nikki Durkin on Start-up Relationships

What were you doing when you were 18? Nikki Durkin was finding co-founders, doing the Y-Combinator thing, raising venture capital, dealing with reporters, replacing co-founders, raising more venture capital and otherwise trying to grow her start-up. Listen in to find out what she learned when it all collapsed.

When Should You Pivot? Gard Mayer On Making Critical Decisions

Gard Mayer’s path as an entrepreneur has more twists & turns than a back road through the mountains. In this venture capital podcast he talks about huge success, complete failure & everything in between, pivoting his start-ups when reality set in

Did The Check Clear? Peter Schlegel on Needing Multiple Plan B’s

Peter Vilsholm Therkildsen Schlegel had a path. Get seed capital. Launch start-up. Join incubator. Finish program. Get capital from incubator’s loan fund to build start-up. Sounded good to everyone…except one person at the loan fund. And did I mention the letter from the Danish immigration authority?

Shut-up and Listen! Rachel Chalmers Explains the Biggest Mistake You Can Make

Rachel Chalmers knows your Achilles heel. After two plus decades sitting in Silicon Valley’s front row watching start-up technology companies, she has a very clear idea of the single biggest cause of start-up failure.  Rachel was kind enough to sit down for a few minutes at the Montgomery Summit and talk about it. Listen in […]

Not So Fast! Nag Palavalli on the Perils of Easy Capital Raising

Can you raise venture capital too easily? Nagarjun “Nag” Palavalli, my guest on this episode, thinks you can.  Nag’s journey from dropping out of college in India to the fast paced start-up culture at the Alchemist Accelerator in Silicon Valley illustrates the pitfalls of quick success.  Nag also discusses why the romantic notion of the […]

3 Strikes You’re Out: Nigel Grierson on 3 Fatal Mistakes Your Venture Backed Start-up Must Avoid

Nigel Grierson has been investing in start-ups for quite awhile, first by launching Intel Capital Europe and then as co-founder of Doughty Hanson Technology Ventures.  To say he’s learned a few things about venture capital success from failure is an understatement. In this episode he shares three of those lessons that apply to any start-up.

Help Wanted: Jeanette Cajide on Finding the Right Team and Investors

Nobody was better prepared for leading a start-up than Jeanette Cajide.  She had a solid academic foundations in public relations, communications, business and finance.  She’d done technology consulting and turn around management.  When a friend pulled her into launching a start-up app company, she was primed and ready.  Listen in as Jeanette shares the struggles […]

Herding Cats: Rick Faulk on Merging Start-ups

Rick Faulk knew what it took to ramp sales for a venture backed software company. He’d done exactly that for WebEx prior to its sale to Cisco. Then he was asked to do the same thing as co-CEO for three merged social software companies. Listen in as Rick shares what he learned from this cat […]