Posts in Perspectives
Extreme Transparency

Recently, I was working with a Founder/CEO through some fairly complex and challenging issues. In this case, I was not a member of the Board, but instead acting as an advisor/coach to the Founder. And, the issues being worked through were significant – not an exaggeration to say that the combination of issues could be fatal for this company.

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Self-Awareness

An effective entrepreneur must be intellectually honest with themselves about their own strengths and weaknesses and that of their team. In this crazy world of hyper-scaling startups, this is even more important as different skills are needed at each stage of growth. In short, they must be self-aware.

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Navigating Early Exit Offers

Planning exit alternatives is not about accurately predicting the twists and turns, false starts, and failed negotiations. It is about creating alignment early and an objective framework that is dynamic and constantly updated to help you stay objective when the stakes are high.

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Forcing Mechanisms

Inevitably the important-not urgent list is left undone long enough that some things become urgent and we deal with them in crisis. If we are being honest, many of us are adrenaline junkies and if it isn’t screaming in our face, we tend to put it on the back burner. This is where a forcing mechanism can be extremely helpful.

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Why I am Launching DWVC

When I first got involved in early stage investing, I read everything I could find on start-ups and the venture capital world. I studied lean start up principals and subscribed to every major blog out there. I was a sponge soaking it all in and I was on a steep learning curve. I also found a surprising number of things from my corporate career that translated to the early stage world.

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Setting the Record Straight

On April 19, Crain’s published an article regarding the closing of MATH’s second early-stage venture fund, the title of which was “Henikoff-led venture fund raises $46 million.” On the one hand, this is good. We worked with Crain’s to receive media coverage for the successful closing of our second fund. But on the other hand, Crain’s got the title and tone of the article wrong.

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