Board Decks Even Without Board Meetings 

Over the last few years a dozen different entrepreneurs have asked me if they should put together a formal board for their startup. My response is that they don’t need a formal board but it’s still good to go through the exercise of putting together a board deck on a quarterly basis. Much like regular…

Developer Bootcamps

One fairly new phenomenon in the startup community over the last few years is the rise of the developer bootcamp. While there are a variety of training programs, the general idea is that someone with a college degree wants to change careers, and instead of going back to college for two years, they go to…

Better Naming Delineation for Seed Stage Startups

Continuing with yesterday’s post on Startup Stages by Revenue, one stage that can can use better naming delineation is the Seed Stage. The Seed Stage, while still early, represents a huge range, especially when considering the difference between a startup with $50,000 in annual recurring revenue (ARR) and one with $500,000 in annual recurring revenue.…

Startup Stages by Revenue

In any given week I’ll receive 1-2 emails from venture capitalists asking for an intro to an Atlanta Ventures startup. Naturally, I ask what stage startup they target, especially if it isn’t explicitly stated on their website (this assumes it isn’t the proverbial associate call). Most of the time, the investor is looking for the…

Presenting the Possible Value of Equity Over Four Years

One of the questions that came up from yesterday’s post on The 5x Rule for Salary vs Equity Trade-off is how to present the value of the equity in a thoughtful manner. Potential team members want to see, in detail, how the equity compensation is calculated.  Here’s an example of presenting the possible value of equity…