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, […]

reputation is your most valuable asset. It enables you to attract and retain the right customers, best people, and good investors.

Your Most Valuable Asset

“The purest treasure mortal times can afford is a spotless reputation.” –William Shakespeare.   I firmly believe that your personal reputation, as well as your company’s reputation is your most valuable asset. It enables you to attract and retain the right customers, best people, and good investors. That’s why you should vigilantly protect it and continuously work […]

Beware of the Trojan horse investor who's purpose is to take over the company and lead it in a direction that suits his own interests.

Beware of the Trojan Horse Investor

We are all familiar with the historic mythology of the Trojan Horse. Sadly, in recent years we’ve also been introduced to its contemporary version in the form of Trojans. These are malware programs containing malicious code that, when executed, carries out actions determined by the nature of the Trojan. They typically cause loss or theft of data, and possible […]

Who Should Be Your Company's First Priority? A company has three main constituents: customers, shareholders, and employees. Who should be #1?

Who Should Be Your Company’s First Priority?

There is an ongoing debate over who should be your company’s first priority: customers, investors, or employees?   To be sure, this is a real dilemma for any company, including startups.   A company has three main constituents: customers, investors/shareholders, and its employees. Obviously it needs all three. Moreover, in order to be successful, it needs all three […]