startup chaos

Always on the Verge of Out-of-Control

I regularly hear startup founders longing for the day when they reach $1 million in annual revenue. They proclaim how much easier everything will then be. But I also regularly…

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How to Part Ways with a Co-Founder

It royally sucks when a founding team reaches a point where they decide they can no longer work together, especially if many months or longer of hard work has already…

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sales compensation metric

Selecting Your Sales Commission Metric

For companies that don’t have a self-service customer acquisition model, no other function ties more directly to financial results than Sales.  Because of this, it is critical to have strong…

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startup advisor compensation

Startup Advisor & Board Compensation Guidelines

You’ve been working with a startup founder or perhaps a co-founding team and they pop the question: “Would you be interested in joining our advisory board?”  You were secretly hoping…

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startup lies

Aspirations, Exaggerations & Outright Lies

Just from the article’s title you probably think you know everything I’m going to say, right?  I predict not but soon we will find out.  The basics definitions of aspirations,…

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startup evolution

The Numerous Evolutionary Paths to Startup Greatness

How many times have you read about a rocket ship company that’s taking over the world?  You get green with envy after imagining what it would be like to sit…

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startup fundraising

Funding the Early Stages of Your Venture

Written by Gordon Daugherty

Dramatically improve your odds of fundraising success


I’ve been advising startups for more almost 20 years.  During that time I have made more than 200 investments in early-stage companies as a venture fund manager and angel investor, and have been involved with raising more than $80 million in growth and venture capital.  From my 28-year career as an operator in high tech companies, I have an IPO and a $200-million acquisition exit under my belt.  Now, as co-founder and president of Austin’s Capital Factory and through my content creation practice, Shockwave Innovations, I have the pleasure of spending 100 percent of my time educating, advising, and investing in startups.




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