When it comes to growing a business, no matter what you call it — accelerating or hitting the gas — venture investors want to see GROWTH. Find a Pattern, then Product-Market Fit In the beginning of building your business, you will stumble and fall, and the more you perceive, the more you’ll learn. Eventually, this […]
Author: Mark Pittman
So, You Think You’re Ready to Start a Company?
You think you’re ready to start a company and want to know what you should do first. To borrow the phrase made famous by Nike, Just Do It. At the beginning of a new business, you have a spark of imagination or something you’ve been working on for a while. At some point, you decide […]
To Accelerate or Not to Accelerate?
Accelerators come in all shapes and sizes: a ranch-style house in Silicon Valley, a formal program with fancy hotel rooms, professional coaches or, most commonly, co-working spaces with mentorship programs that provide small amounts of cash to build your business. Accelerators are not for everyone, and you should make sure the one you’re considering is […]
How to Construct a Culture in Your Startup
One of the most common things I notice from employee surveys (the ones with flashy titles like “What Millennials Want from Their Workplace”) is the focus on culture. If you’re just starting out, you might ask yourself, “How do I create this culture everyone is talking about, why does it matter, and what does it […]
Is Your Idea Ready to Take the Plunge?
Deciding to start something new is intimidating. There’s a lot you don’t know and there’s an eerie feeling that comes with stepping out into the void of the unknown. However, over time, as you accumulate more knowledge, you become more comfortable. Therefore, it comes as no great surprise that many founders have worked with a […]
So You’re a CEO … Now What?
You’ve decided to start a company, whether by yourself or with a few other folks, and now that company wants to actually do something. One of the first steps of every new venture is deciding who does what, and one of you will presumably take over the position as CEO. What then? Being the CEO […]
Diversity, Hiring & Why It Matters: 3 Lessons
I’m a 20-something-year-old, Caucasian, American, male living in Utah. Diversity is not the first thing anyone thinks when they meet me. And rightfully so. I’m part of the most privileged class of people in the world. Not only was I born in a developed country, am I college educated, come from Caucasian descent but I also […]
4 Tips for Protecting Your Intellectual Property
As a law school graduate (not a licensed attorney), I empathize with many of my dear friends on the state of the legal market. As an entrepreneur, I lick my chops at the cutthroat opportunities it affords early-stage companies. Bringing together these two perspectives, here four tips for protecting your intellectual property (IP) and hiring […]