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Founder's Guide
6 min read

Founder’s Guide to Productive Board Meetings

As CEO, one of my responsibilities is to run our company’s board meetings. Throughout my career, I’ve had experience both running board meetings and attending as an investor or an independent member. If managed poorly or without an aligned goal

Founder's Guide
13 min read

Founder’s Guide to Running a Successful All-Hands

In the earliest days of a startup, company communication is often an informal mix of ad-hoc discussions, brainstorming sessions, and the periodic over-the-shoulder announcement. Eventually, the time comes when that three-to-five-person team goes into a thirty-to-fifty, to three hundred-person company

Founder's Guide
7 min read

Why You Should (And Shouldn’t) Join a Startup

I’ve spent my entire professional career in the startup space. After a couple successes (and more than a couple failures), I’ve determined that I’m passionate about startups and it’s how I want to spend my time. It might therefore seem

Founder's Guide
7 min read

Why I Love B2B over B2C

The biggest technology companies in the world are typically consumer internet companies, like Amazon, Google, Apple, and Facebook, so it’s easy for new entrepreneurs to be attracted to B2C. Founders generally draw business ideas from their own experiences, so for

Fundraising
14 min read

How to Raise a Seed Round

We learned something interesting by running Atrium Scale, a bootcamp for raising Series A funding from VCs: many applicants aren’t ready for a Series A. They haven’t figured out things like customer acquisition costs, unit economics, business model, and other

Leadership
3 min read

How to Do Anything

Many people, when faced with doing something new that they know nothing about, won’t ever get started. The project seems too daunting and they don’t have any context for even where to begin. In fact, in the very beginning, Justin.tv

Leadership
4 min read

What I Learned About Online-to-Offline

Many new online-to-offline entrepreneurs have asked me about my experience founding Exec. “Uber for X” businesses seem to be the startup of the day — it probably helps that on the face they are less technically complex and more accessible to aspiring

Leadership
7 min read

Three Stories

It’s easy to recall the things that went well during your startup. Here are three stories about times when things weren’t going so well. In the first two years of Justin.tv’s existence, we had a bus number of 1: Emmett was the