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The Challenge Of Being A Non-Technical Co-Founder

Building a tech company without knowing how to code?  If yes, you’re probably earning your MBA in delegation.  And that’s not easy. The great thing about being a non-technical co-founder of a tech company is that you are forced to learn how to delegate early on.  When you can’t code, design or even pretend to [...]

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Fallen Angel

Fallen Angels

I like to say that startupland is filled with fallen angels. These “angels” were once perched in their lofty roles at large corporations with steady paychecks and well-styled conference rooms.  While that’s an appealing way to live, it also tends to correlate with heavy politics and formality. So why do people jump out of the [...]

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Optimism: Fuel or Foil?

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It’s hard to be an entrepreneur without a healthy dose of optimism baked into your DNA.  You have to believe that you can succeed in making a rational bet, even if you’re wrong. I’m a the-glass-is-5%-full kind of guy.  I like to think I’ll always succeed, even though like nearly every entrepreneur I have tasted [...]

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The Fundraising Rules

Many of the world’s best entrepreneurs are bad at fundraising. At first, I didn’t understand why, since the skills used in fundraising are many of the same skills used to create businesses. Over time, however, the reason these athletes underperform became clear. They don’t possess a fundamental understanding of the fundraising process. They have the skills, but not the knowledge.

My mission in writing this book is to illuminate the fundraising process so that engaging these venture capitalists is no longer like walking in the dark.

I will provide a detailed account of both the key steps in fundraising and the rationale behind them. The information should help entrepreneurs see through the eyes of the venture capital investor, enabling them to better understand motivations of investors and how best to engage them.

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“A practical guide from someone who has seen thousands of pitches - read it to get the inside track on how to get funded with the least amount of pain.”

Jeff Bussgang, General Partner | Author Flybridge Capital Partners | Mastering the VC Game.

"This is VERY CLEAR!"

Julien Smith, NY Times Best Selling Author & Startup CEO Trust Agent, The Flinch | Stealth Startup.

"This book is a clear step-by-step guide to the funding process and a great reference for founders preparing for that rite of passage."

Erick Schonfeld, Executive Producer | Former Editor DEMO | TechCrunch.

"The Fundraising Rules should be required reading for entrepreneurs raising a round of capital. These tools will increase your odds of successfully getting funded, raising the right amount of money at the right valuation, and starting off the relationship with your investors in the best possible way."

Jed Katz, Managing Director | Co-Founder Javelin Venture Partners | Rent.net & Move.com.


I breathe startups.  Most of my closest friends are my business partners and a day painting a whiteboard is only second to a day with my family.

I’m addicted.  I’m a serial founder & investor.  I’m the Founder of Interplay Ventures, a co-founder of DevSpark, Founder ShieldNomad Financial, Truman James,  TwentyPineVenwise and a Venture Partner at High Peaks Venture Partners.

If you’re interested in using the same startup service providers that we use, we setup a site that will introduce you to them – check it out:  Venture Juice.

Here are some mottos I live by:

I think I’m having an impact.  My blog has reached enough folks to garner the attention and Business Insider who listed me as one of the 100 Most Influential Digital NYers.  I’ve also been included in the CVC30 – a list of the 30 most interesting members of the Columbia University startup community.  This blog has been syndicated or cited on Inc.com, Mashable, Business Insider, OPENForum, AlwaysOn, PEHub, ReadWriteWeb, The Wall Street Journal and others.

As for interests, I really enjoy brainstorming new ideas, tinkering with new technology, listening to pandora, boxing, documentaries and an occasional game of rock band.

I am married to my college sweetheart Laurie and have a daughter named Avery.