“The number one thing I would tell my younger self is be very comfortable being uncomfortable.”
“Diverse teams can really, truly build things that are better.”
“If you can survive that first year, and not commit startup suicide, then you really have a chance to be successful.“
“A company of any size can not only hire across their country, but can also hire across the world.”
“Only start scaling up once you have product-market fit.”
“Companies are not generally narrow enough in defining what their ideal customer profile is.”
“All of that warm traffic, let's qualify it first...”
“The key thing is to measure it and really understand what's driving pipeline and revenue.”
“I look at the product value. The second thing I look for is authentic founder/product fit.”
“...you need to react quickly if you are in a situation of crisis”
“I think work-life balance is a myth.”
“Can you grow, but can you do so in a way that might actually be cash flow positive one day?”
“You really need to nail the market side first.”
“If people are sharing feedback and it feels like it's just going into a black hole, they're going to stop sharing feedback...”
"To hold onto the reins for too long, holds the business back."
“...the first thing we look for is values, and mission…”
“...if it’s time to move on just wrap it up, cry for a day, then move on.”
“...a lot of it starts with being really clear on who the customer is, and who influences that buying decision.”
“Treat feedback as multiple data points to triangulate down to an actionable item that makes sense for you.”
“...they don’t take intellectual property, and they don’t take equity.”
“Sometimes it makes sense to just follow the yellow brick road, do the standard thing and up in a better spot where you have confidence everything was done right.”
“The highest valuation is not necessarily a great thing if you get the wrong partner…”
"Don't wait so long to delegate...Once you have funding, your job really, is to start hiring."
"We need to grow food in a different way, we need to generate energy in different ways..."
“If you want your employee to think like an intrapreneur...you have to build those muscles early.”
"There's another misconception that companies that are on a venture track cannot leverage other types of capital."
"The most overlooked way to build a brand is probably debt financing."
"Use your time wisely to talk about real strategic points."
"A diverse team background will generate much better returns from the founder side and also the investor side."
"When you start to add a lot of people, you have to shift from building a product or seeking out product-market fit into company building..."
"Hackers are prioritizing our small businesses as gateways into those larger businesses."
"...you have to be in it for the long game and be patient."
"Think backwards from milestones and really understand all of the investments that are necessary to get you there."
"Investing in diverse individuals isn't philanthropy, it's good business sense."
"DEI is something that works for everyone..."
"...get into a regular cadence about setting company goals, team goals, and even individual goals."
"As soon as the business is started you need some professional help in finance."
"...what is absolutely true is that high-quality founders will find their way."
"We're kind of getting into this 3.0 stage..."
"...the model we're seeing and are believers in is the multi-hub model..."
"If there aren't areas for improvement or weaknesses that are highlighted, then I'm not doing my job..."
"...think about growing the overall pie for you and your customers..."
"...you need to turn that story into something that's going to get the candidate excited..."
"..if I look back that's one thing I would have done earlier..."
"...you now have the metrics to back up the story that you're telling about your business..."
"Denver is a really exciting place to found a business and build a business..."
"There are fewer and fewer things where a truly small company can fly under the radar."