Tips to Stay in the Solution & Leverage the Freedom to Fail

Tips to Stay in the Solution & Leverage the Freedom to Fail

Sometimes pitches don’t go well. Maybe you’ve made a big investment that’s not panning out. Your growth won’t always materialize as envisioned. Things happen—to everyone. Many of the young companies I advise get stuck in the early stages of their lifecycle. Some of...
What It Means to Grow Too Quickly

What It Means to Grow Too Quickly

A few years ago, I helped a well-known consumer technology brand through a very difficult time. The company had enjoyed years of success and become one of the hottest brands on the planet. It raised hundreds of millions of dollars from Silicon Valley’s top investors,...
The Importance of Grit in Ventures

The Importance of Grit in Ventures

Kathryn Minshew was rejected 148 times before raising nearly $30 million for The Muse. Marc Benioff couldn’t raise a single dollar from venture capitalists—many of whom were his friends. And yet, Salesforce raised over $60 million from private individual investors...
Evolving from Founder-Operated Business to Real Company

Evolving from Founder-Operated Business to Real Company

I’d like to discuss an eCommerce founder whose direct-to-consumer women’s brand is really hitting its stride. The company has repeatedly turned down capital from eager investors, opting instead to remain self-funded. The company is primed for growth and positioned to...
3 Top Female Founders: Reflecting on Key Lessons Learned

3 Top Female Founders: Reflecting on Key Lessons Learned

This month I’ve had the pleasure of working with three impressive female founders. Two of them are celebrity founders of the top health & wellness platforms. The other founded a leading direct-to-consumer (D2C) eCommerce brand. As I reflect on the time I’ve spent...
Manufacturing Innovation Has Levelled the Playing Field for Young Companies

Manufacturing Innovation Has Levelled the Playing Field for Young Companies

Large brands and online retailers previously dominated their respective markets. This was in large part due to the high barriers to entry young companies faced. The big brands had built large technology back-end infrastructures that gave them unmatched strength in...