To Stretch Or To Sandbag

Announcing the Traction Gap Institute

Traction Gap Institute Intro

Building a foundation for crossing the Traction Gap

Proving Minimal Viable Traction (MVT)

AI is from Venus, ML is from Mars

Abhas Gupta speaks at Insurance Disrupted

Monthly Archives: September 2016

To Stretch Or To Sandbag, That Is The Question

Written on September 30, 2016 at 5:58 pm, by

When it comes to planning and goal-setting, perhaps the most basic and often vexing question is where to set the bar. One school of thought is to set lofty goals that force teams and people to stretch beyond their comfort zones, and achieve the unexpected, or the previously unobtainable. The other school of thought is  Continue Reading »

Wildcat Venture Partners Hosts Traction Gap Event with Key Technology Executives

Written on September 28, 2016 at 4:52 pm, by

Wildcat Venture Partners Hosts Traction Gap Event with Key Technology Executives Announces the Traction Gap Institute to Enable Entrepreneurs to Traverse the Traction Gap Wildcat Venture Partners, a venture capital firm committed to enabling early stage startups to build high-growth businesses, hosted the first in a series of Traction Gap events last night. Wildcat introduced  Continue Reading »

Traction Gap Institute Intro Event

Written on September 27, 2016 at 3:24 pm, by

Last week, Wildcat hosted the first in a series of Traction Gap events. Following up on our June launch event where we introduced the Traction Gap, we were excited to announce the formation of the Traction Gap Institute (TGI) and its strategic partnership with Velocity, a top-tier executive coaching firm led by John Baird and Ben Tauber. Guests were treated to  Continue Reading »

Building a foundation for crossing the Traction Gap

Written on September 19, 2016 at 8:06 pm, by

To successfully scale as a company and to help ensure future rounds of financing, startups must understand the framework of the Traction Gap and abide by the four rules of thumb. As I discussed in two previous columns last month, companies must define their initial product release, identify their minimum viable product, quantify their minimum  Continue Reading »

Raising The Next Round (Part II)– Proving Minimal Viable Traction (MVT)

Written on September 19, 2016 at 3:26 pm, by

“I know it when I see it,” said Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, talking about pornography.  Unfortunately, many entrepreneurs get much the same answer from VCs, when asking the question, “what do I need to accomplish or prove, in order for you to fund me?”  Despite many VCs’ inability to articulate what a “fundable” business  Continue Reading »

AI is from Venus, Machine Learning is from Mars

Written on September 12, 2016 at 1:33 pm, by

The rise of cloud computing brings with it the promise of infinite computing power. The rise of Big Data brings with it the possibility of ingesting all the world’s log files. The combination of the two has sparked widespread interest in data science as truly the “one ring to rule them all.” When we speculate about such a  Continue Reading »

SVIA Insurance Disrupted with Guest Speaker Abhas Gupta

Written on September 8, 2016 at 2:50 pm, by

Join us as we explore the next wave of disruptive big data, advanced analytics and AI as it meets new business and engagement models, interconnected digital ecosystems, digital core systems, and regulatory challenges. Insurance Disrupted is the FIRST Conference to focus on InsurTech and the disruption happening in Insurance industry because of it.  We also are the  Continue Reading »