Many early-stage startups face the same question: how much should you raise in our pre-seed round? The answer is: it depends.

How Much Should You Raise in Your Pre-Seed Round?

I work with inspiring entrepreneurs and business leaders to build great companies. In particular, I work with early-stage startups on value creation and business model generation. One of our main goals is to make their companies very attractive to investors. In addition, I also connect the entrepreneurs to the right investors. I guide and assist […]

Raising money is the most critical task of a startup founder. It should be approached as a sales process. Starting with a list of target investors.

How to Select Your Target Investors

Raising money is probably the most critical, and challenging task of a startup founder. Many entrepreneurs view it as a necessary evil. That’s probably why crowd funding was formed. And while for some startups crowd funding is sufficient, for most startups it’s not yet relevant. Therefore, founders still need to raise money from investors. Unfortunately, […]

Startup competitions are popping up everywhere these days. The rewards are very tempting to startup companies. But, should you participate in them?

Should You Participate in These Startup Competitions

Startup competitions are popping up everywhere these days, like mushrooms after the rain. Startup companies are overwhelmed with the amount and variety of these contests. Some of these competitions offer monetary prizes, others offer exposure and connections to investors, and there are those who offer access to potential target customers. All of these rewards are […]

4 key lessons learned from a four year experience of launching, and leading a new, first of its kind, startup accelerator.

4 Lessons Learned from a New Startup Accelerator

One might ask if we really need yet another startup accelerator? Don’t we already have enough? Indeed, these days it seems that in every country and major city there are many startup accelerator programs that are available to aspiring entrepreneurs. And yet, those programs tend to be generic by nature, purpose and content. Therefore, they […]

some valuable tips, based on extensive experience, on how to increase your startup's chances to raise money from investors.

How to Increase your Startup’s Chances to Raise Money

Perhaps the most critical and challenging element in building a startup company is securing its funding. The number one cause of premature death of startup companies is running out of money. Therefore, startups CEOs spend a big chunk of their time on fundraising. It is their highest priority, and seems like a never ending task. […]

useful and valuable tips for entrepreneurs on the importance of preparing the founders prenup agreement, and what are the key elements to include in it.

The Founders Prenup Agreement

Founding a startup company is much like getting married. In fact, the relationship between founders is as important, intricate, and complex as that of a married couple.   Indeed, much like a marriage, the quality of the relationship between the founders can determine the success of the venture.   Therefore, it’s very important to select the right […]

A useful criteria for how to select your target market, out of several potential options. What is the right criteria to use in making this crucial decision.

How to select your target market

Often startup companies develop a technology that has multiple applications and potential markets. Most entrepreneurs have learned that a startup company must focus on a single market, at least in its early stages. I would argue that this holds true for latter stages too.   Trying to address multiple markets, with conflicting customer needs, can spell […]

this post discussed the foundations of a great start-up company. It lists the most critical elements of great founding team, and a successful start-up.

The Foundations of a Great Start-up

I’ve written before about the importance of picking the right co-founder/s for your venture. I cannot overemphasize the importance of this decision. That’s the first step to build a great team. Next, you and your co-founders need to function as an effective team. Based on my own experience, and the painful experience of other entrepreneurs, […]

Looking for Mr. dependable. These are the people that you can rely on to get the job done. They will always come through for you, and for their team.

Looking for Mr. Dependable

One of the main challenges for any organization is finding the right people. This is true no matter the size or type of organization. It’s especially crucial for start-up companies where every person matters and hiring mistakes can be very costly.   In fact, I’ve written before that in my humble opinion, a leader’s most important task […]

this posts provides useful advice and guidelines for entrepreneurs on how to plan and prepare the right budget for startups.

The Right Budget for Startups

“In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” (Dwight D. Eisenhower). Make no mistake, every company, or organization needs to develop a plan for how it intends to achieve its goals. Even though your plan is likely to be useless the moment you leave the building. Nevertheless, […]