Hero and Hassle of the Month

Early in the life of Pardot we heard feedback from our team that we needed to do a better job acknowledging employees that had gone above and beyond as well as hassles in the company that were impeding people from being as productive as possible. To help with this, and increase the internal communication, we introduced the Hero…

3 Main Ways Investors Add Value

Recently I was talking with an angel investor and we were going over different strategies and learnings, many of which are in the 26 Lessons Learned from Investing in 26 Startups. We started talking about ways investors can add value to a startup beyond the money, and simplified it down to three main areas: Strategy – Entrepreneurs…

The Power of Getting the Band Back Together

Over the years I’ve read a number stories about entrepreneurs building great companies, having a nice exit, and then getting core members of their team back together for the next venture and achieving strong results. Now, this past year, I’ve see it happen a few times at the Atlanta Tech Village and can attest to…

HR Recruiting and Applicant Tracking Systems

Recently I was talking to an entrepreneur about finding great team members and technologies used to help with the process. We got into talking about the ideal system and realized we didn’t know of the best tools for what we wanted. Here’s what we’d like: Multi job board listing distribution and management (e.g. post a…

26 Lessons Learned from Investing in 26 Startups

After yesterday’s post Investing in 100 Startups, several people asked me about the lessons learned from the 26 startup investments I’ve already made. Generally, startup investing is much harder and less glamorous than it sounds, but I really enjoy it — entrepreneurs have such great energy and enthusiasm. Here are 26 lessons learned from investing in…

Investing in 100 Startups

One of my personal life goals is to directly invest in 100 startups. There’s no real rhyme or reason to the goal other than I enjoy helping entrepreneurs and like the thrill of building companies. To date, I’ve invested in 26 startups counting ones I’ve started. At a rate of 2-5 per year, my guess…