By adamwulf on June 23, 2009
There are no firm rules for running board meetings at early stage startups. The CEO needs to find a format that works for him/her and the board. It's helpful to settle on a consistent format. This helps keep the meeting focused, as board members know at which points on the agenda certain items will come up for discussion.
By marksuster on June 20, 2009
I see a minimum of 3-5 pitches per week and often I see up to 10. I also have raised more than $40 million as an entrepreneur and CEO across multiple rounds of venture capital in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2005. That means that I have probably pitched maybe 120 investors and received 20 “yes” answers and nearly 100 “no’s.” Well, actually, VCs never really tell you “no”, they just tell you, “interesting. It’s a bit early for us. Call us back when you have a bit more traction.” Which basically means, “No. But just in case you get big against all odds, please come back and see us since I didn’t tell you no.”
By Brad Feld on May 19, 2009
I have lots of short meetings. I’ll try to meet with anyone that I can that is referred to me or seems to be doing something relevant to my world. I’ll also meet with people I think are interesting or, in some cases, just to be polite.