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Founders Forward Newsletter — December 12th, 2019 (Edition #163)

This is a copy of our Founders Forward Newsletter sent on December 5th. You can sign up for future Founders Forwards using this link.

Investor Engagement

Visible Webinars: Run a Board Meeting on Demand with Russell Benaroya of Stride Services

Being able to conduct a strong board meeting is a skill that all startup founders should hone. When prepared and ran properly board meetings can be an integral part of your company’s success. We hope you’ll join us on December 18th as we cover best practices for preparing for a board meeting.

What’s the Best Time of the Year to Raise Venture Capital?

Charlie O’Donnell, Partner at Brooklyn Bridge Ventures, answers the age old founder question: “what’s the best time of the year to raise venture capital?”

The First VC I Ever Pitched Gave Me a Term Sheet. And I Blew It.

Jason Lemkin, Founder of SaaStr, draws on his own experience to share why founders need to understand an “investor’s sweet spot” when fundraising.



Elizabeth Grace Saunders, CEO of Real Life E, offers small changes everyone can make outside of work to reduce the likelihood of burnout.


Fred Wilson, Founder of Union Square Ventures, discusses why a leader that is a “grinder” is often more valuable than a flashy operator in a company’s early days.

Go Outside

Seth Godin, business author, urges leaders and teams to take a walk outside before making a big decision.


Hiring & Talent

Nicole Miller, Manager at Buffer, shares how their new employee onboarding has evolved over the years and what it looks like now.

The One-on-One Meeting Template For Your End of the Year Review

Claire Lew, Founder of Know Your Team, offers a template to help build structure into one-on-one meetings.

Our Top 30 Interview Questions

Doug Landis and Tommy Han of Emergence Capital lists 30 non-obvious questions to help startups interview talent across the board.



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