3 key questions for a new start-up. Startups need to address these questions prior to raising money, or starting customer and product development efforts.

3 Key Questions for a New Start-up

When I work with entrepreneurs on developing their ideas, and starting their new ventures, I always start off with three main questions (and several other follow-on questions). Question 1: What problem or need are you trying to solve? First, a good idea must address a real problem or a need that people (or businesses) have. In […]

To Be Effective First Be Present

One of my previous bosses was a hard-working executive. He felt that in order to be successful and productive he should multitask whenever and where ever possible.   He would take long flights to attend important meetings with customers. Only during those meetings he would spend most of the time checking and replying to e-mails […]

The most important trait of a leader. Leadership begins and ends with trust. To be effective, leaders must first earn the trust of their people.

The Most Important Trait of a Leader

I believe that leadership begins and ends with trust. For leaders, in all walks of life, to be effective they must first earn the trust of their people.   Without trust, a leader cannot inspire, motivate, recruit talent, or invoke commitment to her cause. Therefore, the most she can expect to get from her subordinates […]

Can VCs help make the world a better place. VCs should have social responsibility; a greater purpose than just make money for their investors and themselves

Can VCs Help Make the World a Better Place?

The winner of the recent TechCrunch Disrupt start-ups contest, was a company that is developing yet another virtual reality/social game. This game takes place in a virtual Facebook bar, where your avatar can meet and “socialize” with other people’s avatars.   Granted, this may be just the thing for those who otherwise have no lives. Perhaps […]

The accidental entrepreneur. How I got into entrepreneurship as a direct result of the premature birth of our youngest daughter.

The Accidental Entrepreneur

I consider myself an “accidental entrepreneur”. I’m not the typical Silicon Valley entrepreneur.  And I’m far from the common stereotype of the “technology entrepreneurs”. Most of my professional career has been in the semiconductor industry. A career covering a broad range of experience. From engineering and product development to driving the business growth of a company […]