How OKR’s help you succeed

Great companies and organisations are mission led. For example, at Techstars our mission is to help Entrepreneurs succeed. We use a performance management framework called ‘Objectives and Key Results (OKRs)’ to help us ensure we are all aligned to this mission. Whether it is OKR’s or another framework, most people in an organisation have some … Continue reading How OKR’s help you succeed

How to think about your network when it comes to startup success

Founders sometimes underestimate how a great network can help them succeed. In some cases, and in particular with deeply technical Founders with limited business experience, networking might seem like something that ’sales people’ did to gather business cards, travel around the world and enjoy long lunches at the companies expense. Not only is this wrong, but … Continue reading How to think about your network when it comes to startup success

How Investor FAQ’s help you fundraise

At SAP.iO Foundry, powered by Techstars Accelerator we recently organised a series of great investor workshops with a number of leading Berlin VC’s and our companies. The format was a private AMA style fireside chat/workshop where our founders could ask ‘the stupid’ questions and get personal tips and advice on how to raise money from … Continue reading How Investor FAQ’s help you fundraise

Corporate Accelerators, this seasons must have accessory

It seems that EVERY corporate is now exploring, starting or investing in their own startup accelerator. For the last few months I’ve had too many ‘groundhog day’ conversations with corporates who ‘are thinking of opening a coworking space / startup accelerator’ and wondering ‘have you any advice?’ I politely smile and say "Yes - but … Continue reading Corporate Accelerators, this seasons must have accessory

It’s a small old world – Sacca, Suster and Conway

Some of my favourite stories end with the phrase 'its a small world'. Growing up in Ireland, you kind of take it for granted that everyone knows everyone. As you travel and work internationally you realise how wrong that is. However, sometimes you stumble across a story or two that makes you think... Here are some of my favourite 'small world' stories … Continue reading It’s a small old world – Sacca, Suster and Conway