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Learning to be a Better Founder

There is no trade school or PhD program for venture-scale founders. You're on your own. Experience is the ultimate curriculum for founders. But if you're relying on learning from experience alone, you're doing it wrong. Founders need to be life-long learners, continually and proactively expanding their knowledge and honing their skills -- to become better [...]

March 10th, 2022|

New Level 2 Membership

For the first 15 years of Startup Haven, we didn't have much you could pay for. Membership was free. Events were free. Even our Founders Dinner and Startup Poker 2.0 events were free. These things are all still free. But as membership has grown and as we've launched new programs, we've created a rock we [...]

March 9th, 2022|

Why I joined Startup Haven

Why I joined Startup Haven as Managing Director of the AcceleratorI am passionate about helping entrepreneurs find their way and I love building businesses. Those of you who know me well will recognize this as my “Massively Transformative Purpose”. That’s why I am thrilled to be joining Bob Crimmins and the Startup Haven team as [...]

December 15th, 2020|

Expanding Your Luck Surface Area

Reflecting on what I’ve learned over 20+ years founding, mentoring, advising and now investing in startups, the most essential lessons seem so simple. Talk to customers, early and often. Iterate. Hire slow, fire fast. Spend every dollar like it’s your last. To name just a few. None of these are particularly difficult. Every founder I [...]

November 9th, 2020|

Founders Keepers – Stuck in the Busy Trap

In last week’s post I wrote about how the fact that many founders and other achiever-types often have a hard time focusing actually has very little do with them not knowing how to focus, but a whole lot to do with the factors that make focusing difficult. As it turns out there are two big [...]

November 9th, 2020|

Meet the GroundWork Graduates!

If you weren't paying close attention, you may not know Startup Haven's seed-stage accelerator, GroundWork, graduated a few weeks ago. Now that we are getting the newsletter back on track, I'm excited to share the news with you all. The program started with three teams in the cohort. All B2B SaaS, all with a [...]

July 24th, 2020|

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