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Paired Health

Joining Paired Health as Chief Operating Officer

  Yes, I know it has been quiet around here for the last few months, but there is a good reason, at least from my point of view. After spending the past year interviewing, mentoring, and advising so many interesting early stage companies, I reacquired the startup bug - It was time to get back into […]

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Tom Kemmp

An Interview with Tom Kemp, Founder and CEO of Centrify

My friend Tom Kemp is serial entrepreneur, and I am convinced he would hit a home run with any business he was part of.  First, he is super smart, but more importantly, he is tenacious and works harder than any person I have ever met.   I worked for Tom for a couple of years after […]

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Startup Boards

Startup Boards by Brad Feld and Mahendra Ramsinghani

Last month, I received an advance copy of Brad Feld and Mahendra Ramsinghani’s book, Startup Boards: Getting the Most Out of Your Board of Directors.  The tl;dr review is:  If you are an early stage entrepreneur, Startup Boards takes the mystery out of how and why you should build a world class board of directors.   […]

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A Competition for Student Entrepreneurs with Revenue Generating Businesses

Today is the kickoff of the finals of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA).  The competition awards $150,000 in cash and in-kind business services to winning student entrepreneurs from across the world with businesses beyond the idea stage, ones that are generating revenue. Yes, that’s right.  This isn’t your typical pitch competition where […]

Raising Money from Angel Investors

Raising Money from Angel Investors

This week, I am giving a talk on Raising Money from Angel Investors at the national conference of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO).  Below are the notes for my talk as well as a link to the corresponding slides.       My Background In 1995, I started a company called Ganymede Software with three friends from IBM.  We had […]

finding product market fit

Finding Product Market Fit

This week I have the privilege to speak to students at North Carolina State University who are part of the NCSU Entrepreneurship Initiative.  My plan is to talk about an issue many first time entrepreneurs struggle with, and that is finding product market fit.  This is a challenge for most of the companies I mentor at The Startup […]


Inside an Accelerator: The Startup Factory – Week Six

Editor’s note:  Elliott Hauser is co-founder and CEO of Coursefork, a participant in The Startup Factory’s fall class.  Elliott is contributing weekly dispatches on what he’s learning during the 12 weeks of the program.  The first post in the series can be found here. I didn’t write a post last week.  We’d been pushing so hard for the launch […]

Dan Shipper

Becoming an Entrepreneur by Staying in School

A few days ago, I stumbled across a blog post from University of Pennsylvania senior, Dan Shipper called, What I learned from bootstrapping a 6-figure business from school.  The article lays out how Dan became an entrepreneur, not by dropping out of school and heading to Silicon Valley, but by making a deliberate decision to […]