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MEI (Merit, Excellence and Intelligence) vs. DEI/ESG Jun 19, 2024

What Scale AI founder Alexandr Wang thinks about DEI/ESG — He's worth $14 billion. Secured $1 billion in funding. Expected to hit $1.4 billion ARR by the end of 2024

The CEO of a hot artificial intelligence startup won praise from other chief executives, including Elon Musk,...

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When your startup is running on fumes. Jun 18, 2024

When your startup is running on fumes — and you need a miracle

→ ask
→ when miracles come from God
→ they often come through man
→ when suddenly
→ your fortune changes

Don't stop asking

→ even when you're not sure He's there
→ he's made a lot of...

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Life gets clearer when you find purpose. Jun 17, 2024

Founders — Life gets clearer when you find purpose  

So I wrote "the book" on doing it

It's how I've connected the dots between VC + Startups + Purpose + and Faith.

→ I don't know how or when these dots got disconnected
→ but I'll let you in on a secret
→ they were meant to...

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Startups are Growers or Showers. Which are you? ๐Ÿ‘€ Jun 17, 2024

Startups are Growers or Showers. Which are you?


In the startup ecosystem, showers are those that make an immediate impact.

They launch with a bang, grabbing attention, funding, and market share quickly.

→ Think Uber, Snap Inc. – high visibility, rapid growth, and significant investor...

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Eventually, every founder gets knocked down. Jun 17, 2024

Eventually, every founder gets knocked down — here's how to get back up.

Your plans are going to fail, eventually.

→ before, during or after you go-to-market
→ before or after you raise capital
either way, if you stay down, you die
→ you will have to learn how to...

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Here are the 10 most active VC investors in generative AI Jun 12, 2024

Founders - Here are the 10 most active VC investors in generative AI.

Sequoia Capital: One of the world’s largest VC firms, has invested in some of the most prominent AI startups like ChatGPT creator OpenAI and legal AI assistant Harvey.

Andreessen Horowitz: Andreessen Horowitz has gone...

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You can launch a super-successful startup without VC. Jun 12, 2024

What did the founders of WhatsApp (19B exit), Apple, and the INC 5000 know that ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ท๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† of startup founders miss?

→ WhatsApp was initially self-funded
→ Same with Apple, Microsoft, Dell, HP, Oracle, SAP & ZOHO
→ Along with Instagram
→ And Candy Crush, Minecraft
→...

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Founders - Something very personal. Jun 10, 2024

Founders - Something very personal

→ What I learned ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜†๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ ๐—œ ๐—น๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜†๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด.
→ First, the setback was a setup
→ Not to get too cute
→ But, what I learned was a setup for my present success

๐—œ ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐˜€๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜๐—ต. ๐—œ๐˜ ๐—ฑ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—บ๐—ฒ. 

→ I was in my 22nd year as...

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Connecting the dots between VC + Startups + Purpose + Faith Jun 10, 2024

Founders — I found a way to ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐˜๐˜€ between

→ VC
→ Startups
→ Purpose
→ Faith

๐—™๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐˜†๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜€ ๐—œ ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐˜ ๐˜๐˜„๐—ผ ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—บ๐˜† ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ณ๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ.

→ The faith part (faith + purpose)
→ The entrepreneurial part (startups + VC)

๐—œ ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐˜† ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐˜„๐—ผ ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐˜€.

→ My faith...

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Founders - The Impact of a Disorganized Cap Table ๐Ÿšฉ Jun 06, 2024

Founders - The Impact of a Disorganized Cap Table

Managing your cap table is a crucial but often overlooked aspect of being a founder. Proper bookkeeping here is essential. Common issues with poorly managed cap tables include:

๐——๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ ๐—˜๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ถ๐˜๐˜†: Previous founders who have left but still...

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Getting in front of investors. Jun 05, 2024

Founders, there's a better way to get in front of investors.

 It's not sending cold DMs

 It's not sending cold emails

 It's not attending every Startup & VC event

That's what everyone else is doing without much success. Remember, only 0.05%...

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The startup ecosystem is broken. Jun 04, 2024

The startup ecosystem is broken.

Just look at the numbers.

90% of startups fail.

If you think getting funded will solve your problems, think again, the numbers say otherwise.

First, less than 0.05% of startups seeking funding — get it.

But for those who do, 70% still fail.

...

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