Expectations: Mentors

I love being a mentor.  Endless advising is what I miss most about leaving my professorship at Stanford.  Mentors can make the difference between startup stagnation and startup success.  Being a mentor is a reward in itself.  Nevertheless, being a mentor also comes with other benefits.  The mentor’s returns differ depending… on the mentee the startup’s stage and growth potential, and if the mentorship is sponsored by an accelerator, incubator or studio   Mentees Some mentors gain greater personal satisfaction…

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Expectations: Investors

Not surprisingly, investors have a lot of questions about the studio model.  If you’ve read any of my prior posts, you’ll know that I view startup studios and their startups as snowflakes; each one is unique and special.  This leads to a lot of variation that confuses even the most experienced investors.  I hope this post will help you understand the key differences between studios and how the studio model impacts the investor.   The Basics: Studios spin up (and…

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Startup Studio Expectations: Entrepreneurs

The term “Startup Studio” elicits varied responses depending on whom I talk to.  In this series, I’ll discuss what entrepreneurs, investors, and mentors should expect from a startup studio.  First, I’ll focus on entrepreneurs’ expectations because a startup studio is nothing without an awesome team.  Unfortunately, each studio is unique, so expectations should be different from one shop to the next.  Hopefully, this blog will clarify why studios differ from each other and provide a framework to evaluate the pros…

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