Founders time

A startup’s most precious asset is its founders. And everyone’s most precious asset is our time. Thus, a startup’s most precious asset is its founders time. As simple as this may sound, its implications are not always straightforward. What’s more, founders time provide a clear framework that can serve you well in most of your […]

On Advisors & Equity

Never give away equity to advisors. Free doesn’t look good to anyone, it also doesn’t work. Let me provide some context. Entrepreneurs often believe that they can build credibility and get significant added value by bringing in more experienced partners, under the title of advisor. It is typical for such a title to be accompanied […]

Some Notes on How to Present Your Startup

Presenting in front of people is hard. Being an entrepreneur and making your idea look simple is also genuinely difficult. Here is a rough structure that may help when presenting to potential users and partners or the general public. – Maria (photo) is a (…) and spends (time/money) doing (…). {problem — it is important […]

On Conviction

Things take time, facts are the last to take shape. Yet there are times when you believe in something for a fact. Evidence may not be in place, but you are perfectly sure what to do next. If it really feels right, then it probably is. This is what you call conviction. You can’t make […]

Η τεχνολογία είναι το πετρέλαιο που ψάχνουμε

1 στις 3 μεγάλες επιχειρήσεις που θα δημιουργηθούν στην Ελλάδα τα επόμενα 10 χρόνια θα είναι εταιρείες τεχνολογίας. Αναφέρομαι σε εταιρείες που αντιλαμβάνονται ανάγκες διαφορετικά και καινοτομούν για να τις ικανοποιήσουν. Σε εταιρείες που δημιουργούν πρωτότυπο λογισμικό και κατακτούν διεθνείς αγορές. Σε εταιρίες που λειτουργούν ως ισάξιοι κοινωνοί της νέας, παγκόσμιας πραγματικότητας. Σήμερα, οι συνθήκες […]

Building Investor Relationships

The tasks of a CEO are essentially three; a) to shape the vision of the company, b) to hire and manage the right people to execute it, and c) to bring in the required resources for the team to execute the vision. In the case of startups the latter typically refers to venture capital, and […] wants you (to run it)

Now that other projects are unfolding it may also be a nice opportunity to re-examine what’s the status of previous ventures. And by that I mean, a simple website that allows you to compare the number of Google results for up to five searches simultaneously. It’s a simple way to basically compare spelling of […]

Cease and Desist or Start to Exist?

Every new day brings a new opportunity and today I had the fortune to enjoy a unique experience; the one of receiving a cease and desist letter. The email regarded the “use of XXX company’s logo and trade name in my websites &” and I cannot put it better than pasting some (slightly […]