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The Move from the Startup to the Scale Up

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It’s a big deal: the company has raised some money, maybe as much as a million. The company is in a cool building with exposed beams, healthy drinks and a Ping-Pong table. Best of all, the company has released a product. Now, with its twelve employees and a dog, the company is all set. Very nice. But wait. Now what? That’s the […]

The Best Job You Will Ever Have

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My career has included stints as a CEO of a large consulting company and an onion slicer at a hot dog stand. The same career includes serving as a college president and another time when I was a “sewer rat” for a municipal water agency. Once I was a partner at a top tier venture capital firm, […]

Are VCs Still Funding Startups?

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Nearly every university is plowing money into academic programs on entrepreneurship. Nearly every major city is sponsoring and funding centers for innovation in the hopes of attracting startup companies. But wait, now the news is out that venture capital funding for early-stage companies is way down. And everyone is ignoring the fact and knocking on VC doors anyway. […]