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  • Top 10 Reasons Why a Start-up FailsCaroline Cummings | vp of marketing
  • Men Waned For Hazardous Journey. Small Wages. Bitter Cold, Long Months ofComplete Darkness.
  • Constant Danger, Safe Return Doubtful.Honour & Recognition In Case of Success. Ernest Shackelton
  • By Endurance, We Conquer!
  • The Wrong Team1
  • Marketing- HeavyTech-Heavy1
  • The Single Founder2
  • Finding the Right Co-FounderWhat you can do What you like to do Missing skill-sets Public speaking X Press releases  Programming Copywriting X  SEO Editing  SEM Social Media  Financials Email marketing X  HR Google Analytics X Write plans  Biz Dev X Graphic design …
  • Wrong Legal Team!3
  • Trust Your Gut!!!
  • Interviewing attorneys…• Work with your industry before?• How much time for you?• Who else if they are not available?• Raised rounds of financing?• If so, create/read a Capitalization Table?• Compensation packages for new hires?• IP protection?• Global expansion?• Experience with exits – M&As, IPO?
  • 4 Boiling the Ocean
  • Not Talking to Customers5
  • Include Customers in your R&D Ask Listen Implement Reward Thank
  • Stealth to Long..6
  • Slow to Launch…6
  • 7 Stuck on Original Idea
  • MVP
  • 8 Taking “Dumb Money” 8
  • Smart money brings… Business experience Management experience Maturity Contacts Mentorship Challenge …
  • Founder-itis!9
  • Exiters Growers Starters InnovatorsIdeators
  • Spending too much money10
  • How to avoid these mistakes? Mentors, advisers Continued education Proper planning Always tracking Being agile Adjusting…
  • Questions? Caroline CummingsVP of Marketing, Palo Alto Software