From the Investors
Mahesh Vellanki of Redpoint Ventures takes a look at the macro level and works backwards to see what is really going on at the global economic stage in “The Global Economic Turmoil Is An Opportunity For Silicon Valley Tech”
David Tisch of Box Group discusses the future of consumer mobile, developing pattern recognition and FOMO as an investor in “20 VC: David Tisch” (podcast)
Angel Investor Joanne Wilson agrees with Adam Quinton’s post and believes we will see more early stage startups pursuing profitability earlier in “What Will the Next Few Years Be Like for Angel Investors?”
Gordon Daugherty of Capital Factory describes the use of convertible notes and the differences and nuances versus using them for seed rounds in “Bridging a Gap Using a Convertible Note”
Boris Wertz of Version One Ventures believes building a startup on publicly available data is hard unless you can come up with a killer daily use case and that providing access to unique data is crucial in “What’s your data strategy? Defining the data hierarchy”
From the Operators
Brian Halligan of HubSpot lays out some of the skills and tools he has needed to build HubSpot in the ‘scale-up phase’ in “Scale-up Leadership Lessons I’ve Learned Over 9 Years as HubSpot’s CEO”
Jon Westenberg of Charltons explains why founders have no chance and no business running a scalable startup if they don’t change their mindset in “The Sandwich Shop Startup”
Vanessa Kruze of Kruze Consulting offers a list of tax deadlines and forms for founders to stay on top of their compliance obligations in “2016 Tax Compliance Calendar for Start Ups”
Karen Roter Davis of Urban Engine talks about our tendency to overemphasize New Year’s resolutions, and how that focus can prevent us from forward-thinking creation in “One More Reason To Blow Off Your New Year’s Resolutions (If You Haven’t Already)”
Sachin Rekhi of LinkedIn make the counter-argument for why a small team has it’s own advantages at the earliest phase of a startup when you are pre-product/market fit in “Minimum Viable Team”
Caryn Marooney of Facebook share a guide to common pitfalls and strategies for keeping your internal and external communications coexisting harmoniously in “Facebook’s VP of Tech Communications on Building a Bulletproof Comms Strategy”
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