Tag: Strategy

Sometimes you don’t need an investment bank

Back when I was an investment banker, I joked regularly that bankers have a well-deserved bad reputation. The fact is, most bankers are useless. Especially in the mid-market (where most VC and PE funded companies are). They charge far too […]

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To pivot or not to pivot…

The term “pivot” was added to the startup vocabulary in the past decade or so to describe when a startup changes its mission or focus. Some pivots are small, such as changing the target customer from enterprise to mid-market. Others […]

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Why now?

Why now? This is perhaps the most strategic question for a startup investor. You can have an amazing team with an amazing product, but if they don’t get the timing right, it won’t be a win. There were search engines […]

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You can’t get too close to your customers

My last operating gig was as CFO at FreshBooks. One of the keys to their success is their obsession with the customer. When l was there (this may still be the case), every employee spent their first month in customer […]

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