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…

Six Reasons to Become a “Restartup” Now

These days, it’s easy to argue that the expression “if you’re not growing, you’re shrinking” has never been more true. We all know and talk about local startups that are growing and thriving, attracting all of the funding, media attention, and talent. Many of these startups aren’t even that big. However, how much time do we…

The 4-Stage Lifecycle of a Tech Start-Up

These days, it’s all about high-tech start-ups.  Every smart, ambitious young person aspires to build the next Facebook…and some will.  These aspiring entrepreneurs will follow what has become a clearly-identifiable, four-stage lifecycle as they take their companies from a back-of-the-napkin idea to a successful, $100 million or larger business. Stage 1: Imagine Getting to a…