The 4 Hs of the Perfect Hire

Over my career, I’ve been fortunate to lead some sizeable teams. Large teams are like a tribe that has an established culture and traditions; one new tribe member can only change the tribe so much. The counter scenario is equally true: a newly-established small tribe is still establishing its culture and traditions with each new…

Why Do Startups Succeed?

  One of the most common questions I am asked is, “what has differentiated the startups you’ve seen succeed from those that haven’t?” The answer to that question addresses the fundamental criteria an investor would use to evaluate a startup’s chances for success. I explored my personal experiences at startups including the following: Siebel Systems…

The 7 Goals of SaaS Companies

Over the years, I’ve had the honor of being part of some incredible software-as-a-service (SaaS) companies. And now, as part of my work at Mindshare Ventures, I continue to work closely with and invest in SaaS startups trying to scale. After running many a strategic planning session, one begins to see the patterns: yes, each company has different challenges…

The 4 Principles of Productivity

This last year, as I’ve juggled what has felt like hundreds of priorities due to my work with the startups of Mindshare Ventures, as well as my own startup venture, AtlasRTX, I’ve really had to redouble my focus on personal productivity. While a lot has been written on this topic over the years, I wanted…