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7 key lessons I learned in the startup trenches – GeekWire

7 key lessons I learned in the startup trenches – GeekWire

7 key lessons I learned in the startup trenches – GeekWire PitchBook CEO John Gabbert accepts the award for Deal of the Year at the GeekWire Awards. (GeekWire Photo). Becoming a startup CEO was never an explicit career goal. I started PitchBook because of a simple and pure motivation — to solve a customer problem. …

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'Essential startup advice' from top Silicon Valley accelerator Y Combinator – GeekWire

‘Essential startup advice’ from top Silicon Valley accelerator Y Combinator – GeekWire

‘Essential startup advice’ from top Silicon Valley accelerator Y Combinator – GeekWire Y Combinator partner Michael Seibel speaks to Harj Taggar, CEO Triplebyte. Photo via Y Combinator. The folks at Y Combinator have seen a lot startups succeed and fail, so it’s probably worth listening to their advice if you’re launching your own company. The …

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Beware of the fakes, the phonies and the frauds – GeekWire

Beware of the fakes, the phonies and the frauds – GeekWire

Beware of the fakes, the phonies and the frauds – GeekWire Make sure to avoid advisers who don’t provide value to your startup (Bigstock photo) Startups are hard because by definition, you’re trying to do something that has never been done before. There is no roadmap, handbook or “right” answer. There are no experts. There …

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Lessons for startup founders after our behind-the-scenes pitch day experience – GeekWire

Lessons for startup founders after our behind-the-scenes pitch day experience – GeekWire

Lessons for startup founders after our behind-the-scenes pitch day experience – GeekWire Partners from Seven Peaks Ventures huddle after hearing pitches from startup founders in Seattle. (GeekWire photo/Taylor Soper) Learn to tell your story; be confident but comfortable; and focus on a problem, not a solution. These are a few tips for startup founders who …

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What entrepreneurs can learn from the journey of The Riveter CEO Amy Nelson – GeekWire

What entrepreneurs can learn from the journey of The Riveter CEO Amy Nelson – GeekWire

What entrepreneurs can learn from the journey of The Riveter CEO Amy Nelson – GeekWire The Riveter CEO Amy Nelson gives the keynote address at the University of Washington Business Plan Competition dinner event in Seattle on Thursday. (Marcus Donner Photo / UW Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship) Throughout her career on Wall Street, in the …

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After leading 4,000 job interviews, here's what Smartsheet's co-founder loves to ask candidates – GeekWire

After leading 4,000 job interviews, here’s what Smartsheet’s co-founder loves to ask candidates – GeekWire

After leading 4,000 job interviews, here’s what Smartsheet’s co-founder loves to ask candidates – GeekWire Smartsheet co-founder and TerraClear CEO Brent Frei chats with CoMotion Executive Director Vikram Jandhyala at the UW last week. (GeekWire photo / Taylor Soper) As a veteran tech entrepreneur and co-founder of companies like Onyx Software and Smartsheet, Brent Frei …

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How the right distribution strategy can save your company – GeekWire

How the right distribution strategy can save your company – GeekWire

How the right distribution strategy can save your company – GeekWire Jim Huffman, author of The Growth Marketer’s Playbook. After mentoring startup founders through Techstars and teaching growth marketing at General Assembly, I saw founders making the same mistakes around growth. I know these mistakes very well because I have made them myself as a …

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Former Yahoo chairman and eBay exec Maynard Webb shares advice for founders – GeekWire

Former Yahoo chairman and eBay exec Maynard Webb shares advice for founders – GeekWire

Former Yahoo chairman and eBay exec Maynard Webb shares advice for founders – GeekWire Maynard Webb. From his early days as a security guard to launching startups and leading world-class tech giants, Maynard Webb has learned a lot about what it takes to grow and sustain a business. Now he’s ready to share those lessons with …

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The power of 'radical candor' and 4 other unorthodox leadership tips from Smartsheet CEO Mark Mader – GeekWire

The power of ‘radical candor’ and 4 other unorthodox leadership tips from Smartsheet CEO Mark Mader – GeekWire

The power of ‘radical candor’ and 4 other unorthodox leadership tips from Smartsheet CEO Mark Mader – GeekWire Smartsheet CEO Mark Mader, left, interviewed by GeekWire co-founder John Cook at The Playbook event at The Ninety in Seattle on Thursday. (GeekWire Photo / Kevin Lisota) Providing feedback to your employees is not always easy, even …

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6 mistakes that entrepreneurs should avoid making before their investor pitch – GeekWire

6 mistakes that entrepreneurs should avoid making before their investor pitch – GeekWire

6 mistakes that entrepreneurs should avoid making before their investor pitch – GeekWire From left to right: Gillian Muessig, managing director at Sybilla Masters Fund; Martina Welkhoff, founding partner, Women in XR; Andy Liu, partner at Unlock Venture Partners; Geoff Harris, partner at Flying Fish VC; Chris Devore, partner at Founders Co-Op; and Dave Parker, …

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