Atlanta Lacks Launch-and-Move-On Entrepreneurs

I was reading the TechFlash blog post on the RescueTime founder and CEO leaving after 28 months to start a new venture and it occurred to me that there are almost no launch-and-move-on entrepreneurs in Atlanta. What I mean by that is an entrepreneur who enjoys the birth to early growth stage of getting a company off…

Producer Mentality for Entrepreneurs

One of the interesting aspects of entrepreneurs that I’ve noticed, but haven’t articulated, is that of the producer mindset. What I mean is that entrepreneurs typically have an inherent need to continually build things — companies, products, teams, projects, etc. When looking for that right co-founder, I’d probe and ask them if they did any…

The Domain Name Challenge

I believe a good domain name, and thus company name, is absolutely critical for a software/web-based business. The challenge, naturally, is that it is difficult and/or expensive to find a good name that isn’t already taken. Here are  some rules I try to follow: 10 characters or less Must be a .com and not a…

The Owner Mentality

A few days ago I was talking to an entrepreneur who was considering bringing on a business partner, who wanted significant equity. Now, this potential business partner had been a VP at several previous companies but hadn’t started a business and this entrepreneur was concerned if he had the entrepreneurial mentality — the owner mentality.…

Challenges of First Starting a Product

Today we kicked off our first investment for Shotput Ventures 2010. Now, like Shotput last year, we don’t talk about the specifics of our portfolio companies until they launch, but one of the things I want to do is capture more of the lessons learned as we go through the 12 week mentoring process. During…

What’s in a name (for this blog)?

My initial inspiration for doing a post every day on my blog came from Fred Wilson’s blog over at avc.com. Amazingly, he’s already done 5,000 posts. Yes, 5,000. This post is actually my 365th post, and I’m feeling pretty good about things. One area that I’m still working on is the name for this blog.…