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. […]

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, […]

People with disabilities are not independent. They are courageously fighting for independence. But they need others to join that fight.

Fighting for Independence

An important part of my time is invested in a great program called A3I. This is the world’s first startup accelerator that is solely dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities.   The purpose of A3I is to encourage and assist entrepreneurs that aim to solve problems, and needs of people with disabilities. The goal is […]

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, […]

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 […]

C is for company culture. Your company culture is as important as your IP, and technology. It’s the personality of your company.

C is for Company Culture

I recently read a great post by a founder and CEO of a startup that failed. He candidly and skillfully shared his lessons learned from the failure of their venture. One of his important lessons was the need for a clear and simple articulation of a company culture. He used the term: “culture is your cofounder”. I think it’s […]

What Makes a Successful Founding Team? this post discussed the most critical elements of a great founding team, and a successful start-up.

What Makes a Successful Founding Team?

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, […]

crossing the funding chasm. this post proposes a new solution for funding early stage start-ups. The solution is a hybrid between angels and crowdfunding.

Crossing the Funding Chasm

Photo copyright of Kevin Murphy Photography. Funding is the most critical need of an early stage startup. Without sufficient seed funding it can’t validate its idea, develop its lead customers, and create a credible proof-of-concept. The amount of required capital varies depending on the business model and product. And yet, for each startup there comes a moment when your […]

Four useful tips on how to receive negative feedback. We should develop the important skill of active listening, and learn how to receive negative feedback.

How to Receive Negative Feedback

Most entrepreneurs hear more “No’s” than “Yes”. In particular, first time entrepreneurs in the early stages of their start-up venture. This is especially true if your idea is of the “brave new world” type, versus “the better mouse trap” kind. Naturally, most people find it hard to comprehend breakthrough, visionary ideas, or disruptive business models. Even if it’s […]