One of the most frequent questions I hear from 1st time founders is ‘How do I raise venture capital?’. There are so many smarter people blogging about this (for example Paul Graham, Naval Ravikant, Mark Suster, Brad Feld and Fred Wilson) but I think you can break it down into 2 ways; the 'Data Way' or … Continue reading 2 Ways to Raise Venture Capital
My recent talk at the Konnect Again conference for Alumni Directors in Dublin. In this talk I talk more about the lessons from my first startup J1 Summer and how technology can be used to facilitate and organise networks. The conference included Alumni Directors from around the world including Stanford in the US and Durham in the … Continue reading The Power of Networks
If you are in Ireland then at some stage, usually once your initial product is approaching beta, you WILL need to get on a plane - a lot! However, the holy grail of building a global empire while bootstrapping from behind your desk is possible - yet super rare - and I can only think of … Continue reading The unsung heroes of Irish Tech
I recently caught up with a buddy who is setting out on a new venture. We quickly got talking about his new project and the 2 seed funding scenarios they are considering. She/He is based in the US, has founded and sold companies before, and is about to go again with their new venture. This discussion … Continue reading Should we raise a small or large seed round? A Funding Scenario
I was recently invited by the Irish Governments Industrial Development Agency (IDA) to write a guest article on how interconnected Dublin and Silicon Valley are becoming. You can read the full article on the IDA Website
Corporate Lawyers, Corporate Development teams and Competitors are often overlooked or avoided by first time fund raisers. I think this is a mistake as I’ve won customers, raised money, developed partnerships and understood my market better by engaging these cohorts as part of my fundraising activities. Corporate Lawyers Every technology investment deal usually has at … Continue reading Don’t forget the 3C’s when fundraising for your startup.
The goal of this post is to help establish some key questions to ask up front to ensure that joiners to our start-up are a good fit.We have limited financial resources so need to use other incentives like restricted stock agreements, options, sweat equity etc... to ensure joiners are adequately motivated and rewarded. We have … Continue reading Questions to ask potential joiners to a start-up
Banner advertising and direct advertising is hard work. At a simplistic level you need to find the advertisers, approach them, sell the value of advertising on you site and negotiate terms. Many entrepreneurs will be able to come up with an initial list of target companies but often the hardest part of the sales cycle … Continue reading Digital Marketing – Use Google Ads to prospect new direct advertisers