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June 7, 2019

Traversing No-Man’s Land, The Go-To-Market Phase

This is the second in a three-part series that aims to help you understand the Traction Gap Framework® – a step-by-step approach that startup teams…

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Bruce Cleveland

Young Upstarts


May 23, 2019

Venture Capital Redefined with Bruce Cleveland

Product ideation can be the most exciting stage in your starting a company. And once you are able to establish your MVP or most viable…

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Founders Place Co

May 22, 2019

Bizo’s Journey to Minimum Viable Traction (MVT)

Wildcat’s CEO Interview Blog Series features in-depth interviews with CEOs who have successfully traversed The Traction Gap®. In each blog, we focus on the CEOs’…

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Wildcat Venture Partners

May 13, 2019

Building Better: Wildcat Venture Partners & Obo

Welcome to the NVCA Blog series, Building Better, where we celebrate the dynamic relationship between our VC members and their innovative portfolio companies around the…

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Cassie Ann Hodges

National Venture Capital Association


May 10, 2019

Bruce Cleveland Guest Appearance on Service Academy Podcast

Bruce Cleveland attended the United States Military Academy and is a Founding Partner at Wildcat Venture Partners, a venture firm that invests in market disruptors and…

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Service Academy

May 8, 2019

How To Build a Startup That Doesn’t Flop

This is the first in a three-installment series that is designed to help you understand the Traction Gap Framework® – a step-by-step survival guide for…

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Bruce Cleveland

Young Upstarts


May 6, 2019

Digital Transformation

Finding Your Path “There is more than one way to skin a cat.” It’s a family expression that I used to love until I actually thought about…

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Geoffrey Moore

May 3, 2019

Bruce Cleveland Guest Appearance on Products that Count Podcast

Every entrepreneur dreams of turning their big idea into a real business. That said, 85 percent of startups end up failing to get off the…

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Products That Count

May 2, 2019

So, You Want to Build a Category…

The book Traversing the Traction Gap explains how you can take an idea and turn it into a $B+ outcome using the Traction Gap Framework®.…

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Bruce Cleveland

Wildcat Venture Partners


April 29, 2019

vArmour’s Journey to Minimum Viable Repeatability (MVR)

Wildcat’s CEO Interview Blog Series features in-depth interviews with CEOs who have successfully traversed the Traction Gap. In each blog, we focus on the CEOs’…

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Wildcat Venture Partners

April 16, 2019

Author Bruce Cleveland on his book “Traversing the Traction Gap”

Bruce Cleveland, founding partner of Wildcat Venture Partners, discusses the Traction Gap Framework and why he wrote the best selling book, Traversing the Traction Gap.…

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Wildcat Venture Partners

April 16, 2019

Author Geoffrey Moore connects the Chasm and the Traction Gap

In 1991, Geoffrey Moore published the book, Crossing the Chasm which shed a bright light on how technology companies should think about markets. It made…

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Wildcat Venture Partners

April 11, 2019

Why We Invested in Vlocity or, What Traversing the Traction Gap Looks Like

Some decisions are easier than others. Unlike other investments we have made, we knew from the very beginning Vlocity would be a winner. Why? We…

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Bruce Cleveland

Wildcat Venture Partners


April 9, 2019

Bruce Cleveland: Part 2 – Thoughts on Current Enterprise Market

Part 2 - Thoughts on Current Enterprise Market In Part 1 yesterday, Bruce Cleveland talked about the framework in his new book, Traversing the Traction…

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Vinnie Mirchandani

Deal Architect


April 9, 2019

Will Microsoft Acquire Adobe?

Microsoft took advantage of the Adobe Summit in March to get in front of 17,000 marketers and tout its partnership with Adobe. Particularly, Microsoft and Adobe…

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Dom Nicastro

CMS WiRE


April 2, 2019

Bruce Cleveland: Part 1- Traversing the Traction Gap

Bruce Cleveland, who many readers may remember from his Siebel days is now an investor and has a new book out, Traversing the Traction Gap.…

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Vinnie Mirchandani

Deal Architect


March 25, 2019

Bruce Cleveland featured on Follow Your Different Podcast

Why do most startups fail? Today, Bruce Cleveland joins Follow Your Different for a master class in building a massively successful B2B and why market engineering is…

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Christopher Lochhead

Follow Your Different


March 15, 2019

Seven Notable Trends From SXSW 2019

Artificial intelligence stole my crypto! Another SXSW is in the books, and some noticeable trends emerged. Admittedly, my take has selection and exposure bias. SXSW Interactive is…

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Bryan Stolle

Forbes


March 14, 2019

M.R. Asks 3 Questions: Bruce Cleveland, Author, Traversing the Traction Gap

Founding partner at Wildcat Venture Partners, Bruce Cleveland understands the genetics of startups – why most flop, and why a few make it across the…

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M.R. Rangaswami

Sand Hill


February 25, 2019

The Final Hurdle: Reaching Minimum Viable Traction and Preparing to Scale

Minimum Viable Traction (MVT) marks the final value inflection point, the end of the Traction GapTM. Once you arrive there, congratulations! You have successfully traversed…

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Wildcat Venture Partners

February 20, 2019

Traversing The Traction Gap, A Silicon Valley Veteran Introduces A Remarkable New Framework For Startups, “Market Engineering”​

An Interview with Bruce Cleveland, Founding Partner at Wildcat Venture Partners. Recently, David Baeza, CEO at Buttered Toast, sat down with Bruce Cleveland, a Founding Partner at Wildcat…

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David Baeza

February 20, 2019

The Traction Gap Meets Crossing the Chasm

Early stage venture capital firms specialize in incubating start-ups and taking them to scale. This entails working through a series of deep changes in both strategy…

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Geoffrey Moore

February 19, 2019

Thinking Beyond the Product: The Challenge & Opportunity of Minimum Viable Repeatability (MVR)

Okay, so you’ve declared Minimum Viable Product (MVP). You’ve nailed your value propositions and your pricing and terms, and you are confident that your category…

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Wildcat Venture Partners

February 17, 2019

The Great Lie – Learning to Code Isn’t Going to Save the American Workforce

Over the last few years, you would have been hard pressed to have missed the hue and cry claiming digital transformation will require the preponderance…

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Bruce Cleveland

Wildcat Venture Partners


February 14, 2019

What CMOs Should Tell Board Members (and What Boards Should Be Asking)

Marketers have an opportunity to proactively help board of directors understand marketing — but most are missing out. I’ve sat in many board meetings over…

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Christine Crandell

CMS WiRE


February 11, 2019

On the Hunt for Users and Usage: Getting to Minimum Viable Product (MVP)

By the time your startup has reached a Minimum Viable Product (MVP), it’s already come a long way. What was once simply an idea now…

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Wildcat Venture Partners

February 4, 2019

Use Market Data to Build Your Product…Not Just Intuition

Every successful startup begins with an idea for a new product or service. In the go-to-product phase, significant market research is required to ensure that…

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Wildcat Venture Partners

January 30, 2019

The 3 Talk Tracks Every Early Stage Startup Must Have

I have had the benefit of working closely — as an operating executive or investor — with some of the top technology B2B early stage startups that subsequently went…

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Bruce Cleveland

Wildcat Venture Partners


January 28, 2019

Without a Category, Your Startup is Doomed

The go-to-market phase — as outlined in the Traction GapTM  Framework — begins with a startup’s first product release, and ends with market validation and a foundation to…

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Wildcat Venture Partners

January 24, 2019

Rough Waters Ahead for Copycat and Nice-to-have Products in 2019; The Seas of Non-Differentiation & Meh Are Treacherous

The road to startup nirvana is littered with companies that didn’t make it. Industry statistics show that at least 80% fail outright; it’s even higher…

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Bruce Cleveland

Wildcat Venture Partners


January 22, 2019

Structuring Your Startup for Success: The Four Pillars of the Traction Gap Framework

The Traction GapTM Framework offers a way to think about the key stages in a startup’s early life. However, the go-to-market phase isn’t a straight…

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Wildcat Venture Partners

January 16, 2019

From Category to Growth: How to Nail Your Go-To-Market Moment

To succeed, every startup has to pass through three phases: Go-to-Product, Go-to-Market, and Go-to-Scale. In the go-to-product phase, founders are blessed with a massive amount…

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Wildcat Venture Partners

January 11, 2019

Why 80% Of All Startups Fail, And What You Can Do To Succeed

The evidence is clear: More than 80% of startups fail.  Every year, somewhere between 4,000 and 5,000 startups are founded. (And the real number may…

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Wildcat Venture Partners

January 9, 2019

2019 Predictions And Trends: Playing Catch-Up, Checking Out, Ducking For Cover and More…

For better or worse, it's popular to ask venture investors what they see happening in the new year. Alas, I am no exception, so I’ve…

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Bryan Stolle

Forbes


January 2, 2019

In Reply to: The Unending Chasm, and How to Survive It

First of all, I want to thank Martin for this thoughtful blog posting which I am reprinting in full here, interspersed with comments from me…

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Geoffrey Moore

Wildcat Venture Partners


December 10, 2018

Bill Davidow on risk taking and today’s startup innovation

In the years sinceBill Davidow co-founded Mohr Davidow Venturesin 1983, venture capital has changed dramatically. A period of capital scarcity has turned into an era of capital…

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Mark Boslet

PE Hub


December 7, 2018

How the Chief People Officer is the CMO of the Employee Experience

New people I meet always ask me what I do for a living. When I reply “human resources,” they say something along the lines of,…

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Jennifer Trzepacz

Wildcat Venture Partners


November 29, 2018

Why We Invested in LeaseLock

Who Needs a Security Deposit? Too many of us are all too familiar with the burden of signing a new lease and its most dreaded sidekick,…

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Nathaniel Krasnoff

Wildcat Venture Partners


November 9, 2018

SaaS Myths: #1 – Successful SaaS Companies Don’t Have Service Revenues (Part 3 of 3)

We’ve established in Parts 1 & 2, that professional services are a significant part of many successful SaaS company playbooks, and we have identified the…

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Bryan Stolle

Forbes


November 2, 2018

SaaS Myths (#1) — Great SaaS Companies Don’t Have Professional Services (Part 2 of 3)

In the first installment, we showed how professional services are a key component in most successful SaaS company playbooks. Mature SaaS companies derive almost 20%…

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Bryan Stolle

Forbes


October 25, 2018

SaaS Myths (#1) — Great SaaS Companies Don’t Have Professional Services

The most pervasive and pernicious SaaS business model myth? It’s that “Professional services revenues are ‘bad’ and have no place in a SaaS company’s revenue…

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Bryan Stolle

Forbes


August 15, 2018

A Venture Capitalist’s Second Birthday

My goal for these yearly posts (year 1 summary here) is to give people a view into what VC is really like since there seems to…

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Nathaniel Krasnoff

Wildcat Venture Partners


July 15, 2018

Follow The Money: Meet The Investors Of Conversational AI

Conversational commerce is exploding in chat, delivering what you want, when you want it. Get to know the VCs and angels making it happen. Hey…

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Martine Paris

BuzzFeed


June 18, 2018

Why We Invested in tuition.io

Americans are being crushed by student loan debt, and the trend is continuing. More than 44 million Americans currently owe $1.5 trillion in student debt.…

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Wildcat Venture Partners

May 1, 2018

Why We Invested in what3words

There are many ways conventional addresses fail us. It can be as trivial as trying to find a friend at a music festival to the…

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Nathaniel Krasnoff

Wildcat Venture Partners


April 27, 2018

Geoff Moore guest appearance on HR Leaders Podcast

HR Leaders is a weekly Podcast Show where Chris Rainey chats with today's most successful and Innovative HR Practitioners. Episode #64: How Do Companies Succeed…

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HR Leaders

April 3, 2018

Why I joined GreenFig as CEO: Skilling learners for the digital economy

Businesses across the globe are struggling to keep up with the pace of change and customer demands as the digital transformation rewrites the rules on…

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Sara Leoni

GreenFig


March 5, 2018

Wildcat Welcomes Jennifer Trzepacz  as Chief People Officer & Operating Partner

Wildcat Venture Partners is excited to announce that industry veteran and HR executive, Jennifer (JT) Trzepacz, has joined our team as Chief People Officer and…

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Wildcat Venture Partners

February 28, 2018

The Traction Gap is defining the second stage of new-venture creation

How to get a company off the ground The Traction Gap is defining the second stage of new-venture creation In his 2011 book, The Lean Startup,…

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Waverly Deutsch

Chicago Booth Review


February 14, 2018

Wildcat Venture Partners Hires Jennifer Trzepacz as Chief People Officer & Operating Partner

Wildcat Venture Partners today announced that industry veteran and human resources (HR) executive Jennifer (JT) Trzepacz has joined the firm as chief people officer and operating…

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Wildcat Venture Partners

February 14, 2018

How to start-up: 4 insights about the Traction Gap from Chicago Booth for entrepreneurs

Four insights from Chicago Booth’s Waverly Deutsch for entrepreneurs hoping to cultivate scalable success How does an entrepreneur know when it’s time to go to…

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Chicago Booth Reveiw

February 12, 2018

In Search of a Venture Firm to Invest in Your Startup

Most savvy entrepreneurs know that getting a warm introduction to a venture firm substantially improves their odds of getting a meeting — and hopefully an investment. But,…

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Bruce Cleveland

Wildcat Venture Partners


February 7, 2018

Phyllis Whiteley On What the Amazon, JPMorgan, Berkshire partnership means for healthcare

When Amazon, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Berkshire Hathaway launched their partnership in the healthcare space, they left more questions than answers about their new venture. The…

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Laura Dyrda

Becker's Hospital Review


January 30, 2018

Why We Invested In FIGS — and Why I’m Excited About Its New Investment

One of our portfolio companies, FIGS, announced a great round of financing by Tulco Holdings last week. FIGS, the medical apparel company that is shaking…

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Katherine Barr

Wildcat Venture Partners


January 18, 2018

1Mby1M Roundtable January 18, 2018: With Bruce Cleveland, Wildcat Venture Partners

During this week’s roundtable, we had as our guest Bruce Cleveland, Founding Partner at Wildcat Venture Partners, one of the early employees at Oracle, as…

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One Million by One Million

December 21, 2017

Bruce Cleveland on Legends & Losers Podcast

A lot of people who come from big “category king” companies think they can automatically build a legendary business. How has history proven this notion…

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Legends & Losers

December 19, 2017

The Creative Workforce of Tomorrow: A Conversation on AI with Katherine Barr

A few weeks ago, I spoke with Founding Partner at Wildcat Venture Partners, Katherine Barr, about ideas that disrupt markets. Katherine is a board member for…

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Tara Chklovski

Iridescent


December 14, 2017

Running Great Startup Board Meetings

In an ideal world, the most open and least stressful relationships startup founders have would be with their board members. Unfortunately, for many founders the…

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Edward Sullivan & John Baird, Velocity Group

December 4, 2017

Why We Invested in Carrum Health

Why We Invested in Carrum Health There’s not much predictability in healthcare costs, as anyone who’s ever shopped around for elective surgical procedures knows. Depending…

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Wildcat Venture Partners

November 21, 2017

How Startups Can Create Minimum Viable Traction

The top five reasons startups fail are: 1. no market need, 2. ran out of cash, 3. not the right team, 4. get out-competed and…

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Vala Afshar

Huffington Post


November 17, 2017

Bruce Cleveland guest appearance on DisrupTV

DisrupTV is a weekly Web series with hosts R "Ray" Wang and Vala Afshar. The show airs live at 11:00 a.m. PT/ 2:00 p.m. ET every Friday.…

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DisrupTV

October 20, 2017

VIDEO: Phil Fernandez explains the importance of culture and values at Marketo

During this video clip, Phil explains how the company culture and values were such a success story at Marketo and that success was based on…

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Wildcat Venture Partners

October 19, 2017

VIDEO: Phil Fernandez shares what he’s looking for in founders now that he’s on the VC side.

On March 2, 2017, Traction Gap Institute (TGI) joined Wildcat Venture Partners, Velocity Coaching and Shasta Ventures to host Building the Perfect Team. The event featured…

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Wildcat Venture Partners

October 19, 2017

VIDEO: Phil Fernandez answers why he stopped hiring engineers once Marketo had a minimum viable product (MVP)

On March 2, 2017, Traction Gap Institute (TGI) joined Wildcat Venture Partners, Velocity Coaching and Shasta Ventures to host Building the Perfect Team. The event featured…

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Wildcat Venture Partners

October 19, 2017

VIDEO: Phil Fernandez shares his biggest disappointment during his journey with Marketo.

On March 2, 2017, Traction Gap Institute (TGI) joined Wildcat Venture Partners, Velocity Coaching and Shasta Ventures to host Building the Perfect Team. The event featured…

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Wildcat Venture Partners

October 18, 2017

VIDEO: Phil Fernandez on recognizing when company growth outpaces the skills of its people

On March 2, 2017, Traction Gap Institute (TGI) joined Wildcat Venture Partners, Velocity Coaching and Shasta Ventures to host Building the Perfect Team. The event featured…

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Wildcat Venture Partners

October 10, 2017

VIDEO: Phil Fernandez discusses what happened at Marketo post Traction Gap – the next chapter in the story

On March 2, 2017, Traction Gap Institute (TGI) joined Wildcat Venture Partners, Velocity Coaching and Shasta Ventures to host Building the Perfect Team. The event featured…

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Wildcat Venture Partners

October 6, 2017

Digital health investors don’t want your buzzwords

Venture capitalists at Health 2.0 explained what it takes to get noticed. Every day a cadre of PR pitches are created to hype the latest…

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Jeff Byers

HealthcareDRIVE


October 6, 2017

Bill Ericson Featured in News and views from Health 2.0 2017

This year was the 11th anniversary of Health 2.0, a yearly health tech conference that explores the newest in digital health with eyes for what’s…

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MobiHealthNews

October 3, 2017

VIDEO: Phil Fernandez on Marketo Nation & the importance building a team culture that extends to end users

On March 2, 2017, Traction Gap Institute (TGI) joined Wildcat Venture Partners, Velocity Coaching and Shasta Ventures to host Building the Perfect Team. The event featured…

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Wildcat Venture Partners

September 28, 2017

Why We Invested in KEY

When a group of guys got together to send their buddy off into the land of marriage, they needed a few beers. Specifically, they needed…

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Wildcat Venture Partners

August 14, 2017

Video: Phil Fernandez on why he started Marketo & the importance of team

On March 2, 2017, Traction Gap Institute (TGI) joined Wildcat Venture Partners, Velocity Coaching and Shasta Ventures to host Building the Perfect Team. The event featured…

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Wildcat Venture Partners

August 14, 2017

A Venture Capitalist’s First Birthday

Today is my official one year anniversary in Venture Capital.* I am a recovering mechanical engineer making it up as I go along and if…

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Nathaniel Krasnoff

August 3, 2017

Video: Introducing the Traction Gap

On March 2, 2017, Traction Gap Institute (TGI) joined Wildcat Venture Partners, Velocity Coaching and Shasta Ventures to host Building the Perfect Team. During this video…

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Wildcat Venture Partners

August 3, 2017

TGI Preliminary Research Findings

Velocity Coaching partnered with Traction Gap Institute to interview 17 B2B Founders who successfully took their startups through the Traction Gap to attain repeatable traction…

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Wildcat Venture Partners

July 31, 2017

Nathaniel Krasnoff shares his VC Journey on THINKING Podcast

Episode 32 of the THINKING Podcast features Nathaniel Krasnoff, a successful venture capitalist who started from humble beginnings and continues to prosper thanks to the various…

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HVMN

July 25, 2017

Why we invested in C3.ai

Every appliance, widget and device we own or use—even ones we haven’t yet imagined—will one day be connected to the Internet via sensors. In fact,…

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Wildcat Venture Partners

June 23, 2017

In Search of the Science of Sales

Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down with a longtime colleague, Jim Hughes, founder of Quick Start Strategies, a leading-edge sales advisory firm singularly…

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Bruce Cleveland

June 19, 2017

Why Amazon buying Whole Foods actually matters

I recently shared this TechCrunch article on my Facebook, and got some positive feedback that maybe I should write my own post. So here I…

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Nathaniel Krasnoff

June 2, 2017

In Pursuit of Becoming a Platform

In 2006, after 20+ years in a various product management and engineering roles, I transitioned into an investor role. When I made that transition, although…

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Bruce Cleveland

May 25, 2017

The Emotional Side of Entrepreneurship

How the Culture of “Killing It” Hurts Founders and Companies Silicon Valley has a problem that not enough people are talking about. Great companies are…

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Edward Sullivan and John Baird, Velocity

May 22, 2017

Digital Systems Maturity Model

Digital Transformation: A Stairway to Heaven Every so often a phrase emerges from the Word Cloud to achieve capital importance, the sort of thing that…

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Geoffrey Moore

April 28, 2017

Scaling the Revenue Engine Webinar featuring Bruce Cleveland

Tom Mohr, Founder and CEO of CEO Quest, shares his research-backed insights and best practice advice for choosing channel partnerships that maximize company acceleration and…

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CEO Quest

April 27, 2017

Creating a 21st Century Job Ready Workforce

A Skills Problem The global economy has been rapidly transitioning from a 20th century industrial economy, to a 21st century “digital economy” – an economy…

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Bruce Cleveland

April 25, 2017

Why We Invested in GreenFig: Preparing the Fourth Industrial Revolution Workforce

Preparing the Fourth Industrial Revolution Workforce The Fourth Industrial Revolution is upon us and our current workforce isn’t ready for it. At Wildcat Venture Partners,…

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Wildcat Venture Partners

April 19, 2017

Investing in the Wake of AI’s Impact

Through parts 1, 2, and 3, we’ve covered a lot of information around the displacement that’s going to occur as a result of AI, but we’ve also talked…

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Nathaniel Krasnoff

April 12, 2017

Understanding Power in the Digital Economy

We are all stakeholders in the economic systems within which we live and work, and the better we can understand their dynamics, the more likely…

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Geoffrey Moore

April 11, 2017

AI as Kinetic Energy (Part 3): Empowering Creativity

Welcome to my third installment of my series on AI, Workforce Innovation, and category creation. Happy reading! Please find my Part 1 and Part 2…

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Nathaniel Krasnoff

April 7, 2017

AI as Kinetic Energy (Part 2): The Buildup

In my first article, I chatted about what Wildcat sees broadly in the AI space, how we think about AI and its applications, and how…

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Nathaniel Krasnoff

March 28, 2017

AI as Kinetic Energy: The Creation of New Categories

Imagine for a second a snapshot of a carpenter in mid-swing with a hammer at the very tippy top of it’s arc. At this point…

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Nathaniel Krasnoff

Medium


March 23, 2017

Katherine Barr Discusses Canada’s 2017 Budget

Less than 24 hours after Finance Minister Bill Morneau had unveiled his second federal budget, Kurtis McBride was already taking and making calls to help…

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Craig Daniels

Communitech News


March 15, 2017

Leadership Series Featuring Phyllis Whiteley, Ph.D.

Accelerating the Success of Next Generation’s Healthcare Entrepreneurs In this exclusive Slone Partners interview, Dr. Phyllis Whiteley, seasoned venture capitalist and life science consultant, shares…

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Slone Partners

March 13, 2017

In Search of the Perfect Team

I have been fortunate to have been either an operating executive or investor in some very transformational software companies in Silicon Valley, joining or investing…

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Bruce Cleveland

March 12, 2017

Meet Katherine Barr, Founding Partner at Wildcat Venture Partners

Venture capital used to be a cottage industry, with very few investing in tomorrow's products and services. Oh how times have changed. While there are…

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Steven Loeb

Vator.tv


March 2, 2017

Wildcat Venture Partners Closes on New Fund to Help Companies Traverse the “Traction Gap”

Wildcat Venture Partners Closes on New Fund to Help Companies Traverse the “Traction Gap” Four Established Founding Partners Share Operating Experience and Best Practices to…

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Wildcat Venture Partners

February 17, 2017

In Search of the Mythical “VP Sales & Marketing”​

I have to admit to having an extreme bias. It rears its ugly head when a startup CEO comes into our offices to take us…

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Bruce Cleveland

January 31, 2017

Why Great Companies Fail: How to Halt the Series B Crunch

First, some bad news: A Series B crunch may be upon us. According to Mattermark, in the first quarter of 2016, Series B rounds dropped…

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Traction Gap Institute

January 30, 2017

Bruce Cleveland presents the Traction Gap at Product’s that Count

Before “crossing The Chasm’, startups must first successfully “traverse the Traction Gap”. The Traction Gap is a period in a startup’s lifecycle that begins just…

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Products That Count

January 17, 2017

…What I’m Feeling in Tech Part 2: VR and AR

Last week I started writing up some views on what I’ve seen so far, and my thoughts on technology moving forward. As we know CES…

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Nathaniel Krasnoff

January 17, 2017

The Interview

If you sit down with a number of HR executives and ask each of them which questions companies should ask candidates during the interview process…

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Bruce Cleveland

January 10, 2017

CES as a proxy to let you know what I’m feeling in tech (Part 1)

Every January all eyes are on CES, tech’s biggest distraction of the year. I think they do it that way so they can offset the…

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Nathaniel Krasnoff

January 1, 2017

Summit Day: 29 December, 2016

Part 1: The Ascent For those of you who saw me in the weeks prior to the holidays know that I had a pretty bad cough,…

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Nathaniel Krasnoff

Medium


December 7, 2016

How women dominate the country’s most powerful advisory council — the one that pulls Canada’s economic strings

With its stone chimneys and wooden verandas in the Queen Anne Revival style, the house that Thomas Willson, the Ontario inventor and industrialist, built on…

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Peter Kuitenbrouwer

Financial Post Magazine


December 1, 2016

PRTech’s growth could mean more integration with marketing technologies

In 2014, I made a case for PRTech and the opportunities that lie therein. Since I wrote the article, PRTech has seen explosive growth, a…

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Bryan Stolle

Forbes


November 7, 2016

Canada’s Most Powerful Business People 2017: Beyond the Boardroom

When we built the 2016 Power List, we used financial records, corporate documents and analyst reports to help quantify the influence of business leaders. This…

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Steve Brearton

Canadian Business


October 10, 2016

Coupa Software investor on what its big IPO might mean to others

Bryan Stolle is one of the happy venture investors who celebrated Coupa Software's IPO success last week. He led the San Mateo startup's Series D funding…

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Cromwell Schubarth

Silicon Valley Business Journal


September 30, 2016

To Stretch Or To Sandbag, That Is The Question

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…

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Bryan Stolle

Forbes


September 28, 2016

Wildcat Venture Partners Hosts Traction Gap Event with Key Technology Executives

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…

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Wildcat Venture Partners

September 19, 2016

Building a foundation for crossing the Traction Gap

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…

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Bruce Cleveland

PeHub


September 19, 2016

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

“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…

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Bryan Stolle

Forbes


September 12, 2016

AI is from Venus, Machine Learning is from Mars

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…

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Geoffrey Moore

LinkedIn


August 23, 2016

How to bridge the Traction Gap

As I discussed earlier this month, 2016 has seen a significant drop in Series B financings. In order to successfully secure follow on rounds of…

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Bruce Cleveland

PeHub


August 20, 2016

Podcast with Elizabeth Burstein

Elizabeth Burstein, Principal at Wildcat Venture Partners and Ex-PM at Linkedin sat down with host of Yours Productly podcast, Ravi Kumar. She discussed the Traction Gap framework,…

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Ravi Kumar

Yours Productly


August 8, 2016

Understanding the Traction Gap

Venture capital’s grief might be wider than the industry thought: A Series B crunch may be upon us. And this puts more pressure on entrepreneurs…

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Bruce Cleveland

PeHUB Network


June 27, 2016

Top 7 Things I Learned at C100 48 Hrs in the Valley

Paul Teshima, Co-founder and CEO of Nudge, shares the top 7 things he learned at C100's 48 Hours in the Valley 2016 5. Venture Capital is Still…

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Paul Teshima

Nudge


June 3, 2016

Wildcat Venture Partners Tackles the “Traction Gap” Facing Early Stage Companies

Venture Firm Debuts Innovative Framework to Guide Startups through the Go-to-Market Phase Menlo Park, CA – June 3, 2016 – In an era when early…

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Wildcat Venture Partners

June 3, 2016

Raising The Next Round — Proving Minimal Viable Repeatability (MVR)

When an entrepreneur takes investor money, they are expected to deliver on the plan and milestones they “sold” to investors during the fund-raising process. These…

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Bryan Stolle

Forbes


June 2, 2016

Wildcat Venture Partners launches, focuses on early-stage startups

Partners from two longtime Silicon Valley venture-capital firms said they are launching a third: Wildcat Venture Partners, a firm focused on the stage where young…

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Sarah McBride

Reuters


May 27, 2016

Where Angels Fear to Tread – How Angels Get Screwed in The Startup Game

An angel investor friend recently got a bit of hard news – they were going to get significantly less on a recent acquisition of an…

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Bryan Stolle

Forbes


May 26, 2016

The Traction Gap

My friend and a partner at Wildcat Venture Partners, Bruce Cleveland, along with his associates, has come up with an idea that helps explain why…

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Denis Pombriant

CRM Buyer


April 27, 2016

Rihanna Calls The Tech Bubble Like It Is

I’ve shelved this post for almost a year now because though I’ve been in venture for five years across both Wildcat Venture Partners and Mohr…

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Abhas Gupta

Medium


April 25, 2016

Sorting Out 2016: Seven MegaTrends

An awful lot of tech stuff is going down these days, and it is creating some serious confusion.  Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot is rapidly becoming the…

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Geoffrey Moore

LinkedIn


April 19, 2016

Catalyst Conference 2016: Interview with Katherine Barr of Wildcat Venture Partners

Katherine Barr is one of more than three dozen leading executives who will be speaking at the Catalyst Conference. Read her interview with Girls in Tech <here>.

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Katherine Barr

Girls in Tech


April 11, 2016

Why We Invested in Clover Health

As early stage venture investors who only invest in a select number of companies annually, we unfortunately have to pass on many great entrepreneurs and…

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Abhas Gupta

Medium


March 14, 2016

Where Product/Market Fit Breaks Down

A tweet from GrowthHackers caught my eye recently — “Our #product market fit and NPS are off the scale, but we’re struggling to grow. Any…

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Bryan Stolle

Forbes


January 14, 2016

8 Key Startup Lessons-Learned 2015 Style

As we kick-off 2016, I reached out to my entrepreneur network and asked, “What was your biggest ‘lesson learned’ last year?” Introspection is a very…

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Bryan Stolle

Forbes


December 9, 2015

Why We Invested In Earnest: Inside A VC’s Mindset

Earnest recently announced a $275M total raise (Series B + lending capital) on the back of well-earned momentum. As Series A investors in the company, I’ve been asked a…

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Bryan Stolle

Forbes


November 13, 2015

CodeGirl And Inspiring Advice From Top Entrepreneurs (Who Happen to be Women)

The statistics are dismal: 74% of high school girls show an interest in STEM subjects, but only 4% of college girls choose to major in…

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Katherine Barr

Inc


October 27, 2015

9 Reasons Why Now Is The Time For Fintech

Next week is Money 20/20 in Vegas, a conference that is fast becoming the Fintech confab.  This conference’s remarkable growth (5x in four years) parallels the emergence…

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Bryan Stolle

Forbes


September 23, 2015

Roundtables at Dreamforce: Part 3 of 3 (One Disruption In Three Ways Out)

This is part 3 of a 3 part series. Read Part 2 Here. This is the final installment in a series of blogs about a…

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Geoffrey Moore

LinkedIn


September 21, 2015

Roundtables at Dreamforce: Part 2 of 3 (The Hierarchy of Models)

This is part 2 of a 3 part series. Read Part 1 Here. In the previous post, I reported out on a series of executive…

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Geoffrey Moore

LinkedIn


September 18, 2015

Roundtables at Dreamforce: Part 1 of 3

This is Part 1 of a 3 part series. Okay, it wasn’t exactly the World Series of Poker, but at Dreamforce this week I hosted…

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Geoffrey Moore

LinkedIn


September 17, 2015

Headhunting Basics (Part 1) — When to Engage a Professional Search Firm

At some point, a startup will exhaust the founders’ networks for recruiting/hiring purposes, and must turn to professional recruiters to fill key positions. When the…

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Bryan Stolle & Elizabeth Patterson

Forbes


September 16, 2015

6 Magic Tricks to Noticeably Increase Your Productivity (and Your Happiness)

I was recently asked, "Aside from world peace and the elimination of poverty, if you had one wish, what would it be?" At first, I…

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Katherine Barr

Inc


September 8, 2015

Ten States That Matter

We’re not talking politics here, people—we’re talking technology adoption. In any major technology adoption life cycle there are two trajectories of development, the first led…

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Geoffrey Moore

LinkedIn


August 21, 2015

Return on Innovation: Are You Playing Offense or Defense?

One of the key lessons I learned from posting on LinkedIn an early draft of my next book (Zone to Win: Organizing to Compete in…

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Geoffrey Moore

LinkedIn


July 22, 2015

Systems of Engagement and User Experience Design

We are now well into the decade of Systems of Engagement. Enterprises in all walks of life are waking up to a world where their…

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Geoffrey Moore

LinkedIn


June 3, 2015

Hurry up, please. It’s time.

We’ve been talking about the disruptive impact of digital forever. Time to stop talking. Here’s why. As we all know, digital has already reset the…

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Geoffrey Moore

LinkedIn


May 19, 2015

8 Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make That No One Talks About

Entrepreneurs are commonly described as: competitive, evangelizing, risk taking, nimble, scrappy, and visionary. However, there is a broader skillset and mindset that entrepreneurs require to…

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Katherine Barr

Inc


May 13, 2015

Chapter Six: The Transformation Zone

This post is the sixth in a series of posts that will eventually become a book. I am looking to improve the text by incorporating…

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Geoffrey Moore

LinkedIn


April 24, 2015

Startup Cooking: 5 Ways to Manage Like Joe Torre, Former New York Yankees Manager

It’s baseball season again, so what better than a blog with a baseball theme? I ran across a piece a while back about how Joe…

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Bryan Stolle

Forbes


April 23, 2015

5 Jedi Mind Tricks to Dramatically Improve Your Performance

Andy Puddicombe spent 10 years studying to become an ordained Tibetan monk and is now the successful co-founder of the meditation app Headspace. In his TED talk, he…

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Katherine Barr

Inc


April 9, 2015

The Gender Bias Question In Technology and the Tech Startup World

I was asked to help address the tech/startup gender bias question a couple of times recently at SxSW in Austin. The first opportunity was as a…

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Bryan Stolle

Forbes


April 1, 2015

Finding The Best Executive Talent: Can Recruiters Really Help?

When it comes to hiring a key member of your executive team, hiring a recruiter can seem expensive initially. However, do not underestimate the value…

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Katherine Barr

Inc


March 27, 2015

10 Lessons from The Pitch: How to Pitch Your Startup and Win, SxSW Style

Mark Twain is often associated with the quote, “If I had more time, I would have written a shorter letter." It was in fact Pascal…

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Bryan Stolle

Forbes


March 11, 2015

The Top 3 Ways To Be a Powerful Business Leader In 2020

Entrepreneurs have always embraced innovation and change, and reinventing oneself as an entrepreneurial leader will be critical over the next handful of years. Here are…

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Katherine Barr

Inc


March 4, 2015

Startup Cooking: 10 Rules For Making a Successful Startup Pancake

There is plenty of discussion about how to build a valuable and sustaining business. Yet, I don’t often see much coverage of the building blocks that…

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Bryan Stolle

Forbes


February 23, 2015

Ready! Aim! Fire!: How To Execute Successfully Every Time (Part 2)

This is the 2nd installment about startup planning and execution based on the concept of “Ready, Aim, Fire” – a time-tested, tried-and-true adage that applies as…

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Bryan Stolle

Forbes


February 18, 2015

6 Ways To Get The Most And Best From Your Board

Thoughtfully selecting and effectively working with your investor board members and independent board members (who are not typically investors in the business but asked to…

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Katherine Barr

Inc


February 4, 2015

Ready! Aim! Fire!: How To Execute Successfully Every Time (Part 1)

Ready!  Aim!  Fire! It’s a very old, tried and true adage.  This legendarily accepted process of operations works universally whether shooting a gun, a bow…

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Bryan Stolle

Forbes


February 4, 2015

How to Become a Great Leader

Be authentic. Figure out your values and who you are, and be true to both. Trying to be who you aren't will impede your company…

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Katherine Barr

Inc


January 14, 2015

The 7 Must-Have Qualities Investors Look For in Entrepreneurs

Early stage venture is a lot about the entrepreneur--who that person is and what she or he is capable of. As an investor, my filter…

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Katherine Barr

Inc