founders

  • Newly proposed rules for foreign entrepreneurs will help some, but not all, found U.S. startups

    Newly proposed rules for foreign entrepreneurs will help some, but not all, found U.S. startups

    The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, an office under the Department of Homeland Security, put forward a proposal today that would allow the U.S. Government to offer parole (temporary permission to be in the country) to foreign entrepreneurs starting their businesses in the United States. The proposal specifies that a founder can qualify if they started a company in the U.S. in… Read More

  • How to keep your investors invested Crunch Network

    How to keep your investors invested

    You did it. You secured your funding. Good for you. You tirelessly developed, pitched, sold, maybe even danced a little. Not a song and dance, but a display of passion, commitment and promise. You successfully instilled the confidence investors need to see before signing on the dotted line. Now that you’ve earned this faith and raised that critical cash, it’s time to consider the… Read More

  • Milestone-Based Vesting For Startup Founders Crunch Network

    Milestone-Based Vesting For Startup Founders

    Scott Kupor, COO and a managing partner at Andreessen Horowitz, recently published an article on Fortune.com (titled “Your next business partner should come with a prenup”) in which he reviews several of the common pitfalls of business partnerships and wisely suggests to address them using a prenup agreement. Read More

  • Overseeing A Successful Founder-CEO Succession Crunch Network

    Overseeing A Successful Founder-CEO Succession

    Replacing a founder-CEO is no small matter. The founder-CEO is the core around which a startup grows. Replacing that “core” is a highly divisive and hotly debated topic in startup and VC circles. Ideally, the founder-CEO takes the startup to its exit — but history shows that most founder-CEOs are replaced, voluntarily or involuntarily, within the first 3-5 years. Read More

  • The Case For A Large Founding Team Crunch Network

    The Case For A Large Founding Team

    It is common wisdom nowadays that a founding team consisting of 2–3 founders is ideal. Doing it solo is simply too hard. Founder burnout is an imminent possibility, and statistics are simply not on your side. Until recently, the most common formula for a startup’s founding team was the MBA and techie duo. In recent years, there’s been a shift toward a three-member formula. Read More

  • How Smart Founders Avoid The Risk Of A Down Round Crunch Network

    How Smart Founders Avoid The Risk Of A Down Round

    Talking about down rounds in a bull market feels like shopping for an umbrella in this unprecedented California drought. You get some funny looks, but it pays to be prepared. When the current market shifts, as we know it will, capital will dwindle and shrink valuations. We’ll see down rounds spike, just as they always do when the markets fall. A down round can happen to anyone, but… Read More

  • Clueless Founder “Hacks” Jason Calacanis’ Voicemail After Spoofing Phone Calls

    Clueless Founder “Hacks” Jason Calacanis’ Voicemail After Spoofing Phone Calls

    I don’t like to bring up these little lapses of judgement (or, in this case, horrendous lapses of reason) but it’s an interesting story and deserves at least a brief mention. An entrepreneur, who shall remain nameless, wanted Jason Calacanis and Tim Ferris to invest in his startup. Instead of emailing the two, the founder spoofed a phone call from Ferris to Calacanis, assuming… Read More

  • CoFoundersLab Looks To Become An OKCupid For Founders Following Acquisition Of Stealth Mode Competitor, Wonpy

    CoFoundersLab Looks To Become An OKCupid For Founders Following Acquisition Of Stealth Mode Competitor, Wonpy

    CoFoundersLab, a matchmaking service for startup founders similar to FounderDating, Founder2be and a host of others has acquired the IP, product and a few relationships from New York-based Wonpy, which was still effectively operating stealth mode. Wonpy’s founder, Erick Brimen, will now join CoFoundersLab as COO and VP of Finance, following the deal. Financial terms were not… Read More

  • How The Huang Brothers Bootstrapped Guitar Hero To A Billion Dollar Business

    How The Huang Brothers Bootstrapped Guitar Hero To A Billion Dollar Business

    Editor’s note: Derek Andersen is the founder of Startup Grind, a 35-city event series hosted in 15-countries that educates, inspires, and connects entrepreneurs. He also founded Commonred (acquired by Income.com) and is ex-Electronic Arts. There are virtually no companies in Silicon Valley that exit north of $100MM or create a billion dollar business, that don’t raise… Read More

  • Founders, ICE And The Rise Of The Entrepreneur Influencers

    Founders, ICE And The Rise Of The Entrepreneur Influencers

    Watching the dawn come up with a bunch of European entrepreneurs on tour in Tel Aviv this week, and hanging out with many of them at the recent F.ounders conference in Dublin, made me realise one thing: these guys just don’t care. They will do anything it takes to make it happen. Their attitude is in stark contrast some of the issues they face. Sometimes, when you look at the dire… Read More

  • Should You Trust Your Gut? The Answer Is Yes.

    Editor’s note: Derek Andersen is the founder of Startup Grind, a 30-city event series hosted in 15-countries that educates, inspires, and connects entrepreneurs. He’s ex-Electronic Arts as well as the founder of Commonred. A few years ago I asked a successful entrepreneur for advice on what I should do with my latest product idea. His reply was simple. “Trust your gut. Read More

  • Which Founders Use FoundersCard? Craig Newmark, Kevin Rose, Leah Busque & 8K Others

    Which Founders Use FoundersCard? Craig Newmark, Kevin Rose, Leah Busque & 8K Others

    In 2009, Eric Kuhn created FoundersCard as a way to give entrepreneurs the same kind of elite programs, perks and networking opportunities traditionally reserved for execs of Fortune 500 companies. By offering discounts on hotels, airfare and business services entrepreneurs and founders use every day — and by throwing good parties — its community of entrepreneurs and founders has… Read More

  • Founder Matchup Service CoFoundersLab Expands Via Acquisition Of Two Competitors

    Founder Matchup Service CoFoundersLab Expands Via Acquisition Of Two Competitors

    CoFoundersLab, a matchmaking service for startup founders along the same lines as FounderDating, but which previously served different markets, is expanding through the acquisition of two competitors. The company is announcing today that it has acquired the West Coast-based TechCofounder.com as well as the East Coast-based FounderMatchup.com. Read More

  • Steve Blank Teaches Entrepreneurs How To Fail Less

    Steve Blank Teaches Entrepreneurs How To Fail Less

    While secretly wanting to be an entrepreneur but working at Electronic Arts, I would sometimes sneak out early and jet to Stanford campus to crash Steve Blank’s entrepreneurial lecture series. Steve literally wrote the book on customer development with “Four Steps To The Epiphany” and now he’s back again co-authoring a 500-page reference guide with Bob Dorf called… Read More

  • Stop Looking For A Technical Co-founder

    Stop Looking For A Technical Co-founder

    “How many of you want to start a company?” David Tisch asked. All hundred hands went up. That’s why we were there, crowded into a Wharton classroom to seek startup advice from an industry luminary. “Keep your hand up if you are technical.” Five hands remained. Maybe six. “Keep your hand up if you are looking for co-founders.” The only remaining… Read More

  • Want To Rent A Founder? Justin Kan’s Exec Is Making That Happen (For Charity)

    Want To Rent A Founder? Justin Kan’s Exec Is Making That Happen (For Charity)

    Justin Kan is a busy guy. The serial entrepreneur is best known as the founder of Justin.tv, the online community that lets users broadcast, watch, and interact around video. Last year, he and team spun-off Twitch.tv, a gaming-focused version of the video streaming site, and the fast-growing Socialcam, which is on a mission to bring mobile video creation to the mainstream. Not one to sit… Read More

  • In The Future, The Business Founder Will Not Be Ignored

    In The Future, The Business Founder Will Not Be Ignored

    The entrepreneurial world loves nothing like a good meme. One of the more recent ones making the rounds from Palo Alto to Paris is that a startup simply can’t get off the ground without a technical founder. Investors, entrepreneurs and tech journalists alike will tell you that if you’re not a whiz kid fresh out of Stanford’s CS program, you are essentially not fundable… Read More

  • Turning Two: FoundersCard Pulls Back The Curtain On Its Membership Community For Entrepreneurs

    Turning Two: FoundersCard Pulls Back The Curtain On Its Membership Community For Entrepreneurs

    The top executives in today’s largest corporations not only travel in style, but they have access to an absurd array of perks while they travel, from awards and complimentary products to discounts on just about everything. On the IPO “road show” for his company VarsityBooks (now part of eFollet.com), serial entrepreneur Eric Kuhn remembers being “amazed” by… Read More

  • Free Startup Tools: An Easy Way For Founders To Set The Terms Of Their Collaboration

    Free Startup Tools: An Easy Way For Founders To Set The Terms Of Their Collaboration

    In this, our third installment of “Free Startup Tools”, we wanted to highlight an agreement launched by Seedcamp, the European startup accelerator, to help startup founders negotiate the early stages of building a company. (You can check out our first post on The Founder Institute’s effort to standardize the founder-advisor relationship and compensation here and the second… Read More