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Why you Should Rank Your Investors

You do a lot of work for your investors. Regular updates keep your board abreast of the latest company developments and current performance metrics. Monthly or quarterly meetings keep you…

How do you Determine Proper Compensation for Startup CEOs and Early Employees?

For first-time founders and leaders of early-stage startups, determining compensation for the CEO and early employees can be tough. On one hand, you need to hire the best talent, retain…

How SaaS Companies Can Best Leverage a Product-led Growth Strategy

The importance of executing on the product side of the business has long been a primary focus for countless successful founders and notable startup advisers. So it may come as…

What Talent Wants: Transparency in the Workplace, Ownership, Growth, and Collaboration

In his seminal 1964 book Managing for Results, business management guru Peter Drucker remarked that the success of a business is increasingly dependent on a company’s ability to effectively utilize talented…

3 Key Takeaways from our Series A Webinar

Last week, we hosted a webinar on how to raise a Series A. In it, I and Zylo CEO & Co-Founder Eric Christopher shared tactics and advice on how to…

The Power of Wandering: Lessons from the 2018 Amazon Letter to Shareholders

Since his original 1997 shareholder letter, Jeff Bezos’ shareholder letters have become known as valuable resources that could feel right at home as material for an MBA course. The 2018…

Tips from YC: Using Asks, Metrics, and a Recap to Power Your Investor Updates

Y Combinator has funded over 1900 startups since their inception in 2005. In the process of funding those startups, YC receives thousands of investor updates on an annual basis. As…

The 100th Edition of the Founders Forward: We’re here for you.

100 editions ago, we created the Founders Forward to give founders an advantage as they do the difficult work of growing their companies. We set out to be a go-to…

The Pro Rata Conversation Can Be Tough (But It Doesn’t Have to Be)

Ask a seasoned venture capitalist about pro rata and they’ll likely give you a response reminiscent of someone talking about air travel: “It’s not what is used to be.” Put…

In Do Better Work, Clarity and Empathy are the Keys to Results

There are two basic types of leadership book. The first is the philosophical book. Books in this category are full of fresh ideas and illustrative stories that are meant to…