The Northside Festival

This Thursday through Sunday, The Northside Festival will celebrate its 7th year. Borrowing from South by Southwest, they will run three tracks - music, innovation and film - at various venues on the north side of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. As

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Startup advisory boards

I’ve sat in more than a few meetings in recent months defending the value of advisory boards for startups. There’s a line of thinking out there that startup advisory boards are a waste of a CEO’s time

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Don't send me your deck

Slide decks have replaced business plans of the previous decade as the document of record to tell a startup’s story. Lots has been written about the ideal length and format for decks so I won’t get into that

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Time value of decisions

One of the valuable lessons I learned from a mentor earlier in my career is to appreciate and always consider the time value of decision-making while leading a company. What I mean by this is to consider the relationship between

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Comfort with the unknown

A venture capitalist, particularly one investing at the earliest stages, must be comfortable taking risk, and in doing so, trusting the unknown. In the course of venture investing, as in life, it’s impossible to know every challenge that lurks

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