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Shotput Ventures - Building startups are hard work


A presentation given by Jeff Haynie to the first generation of Shotput Ventures portfolio companies in Atlanta, GA on July 31, 2009.

A presentation given by Jeff Haynie to the first generation of Shotput Ventures portfolio companies in Atlanta, GA on July 31, 2009.

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  • 1. Startups are hard work (and other lessons I’ve learned) Jeff Haynie @jhaynie
  • 2. About Me • @jhaynie - twitter • •
  • 3. Some things I’ve learned over the years
  • 4. You Nobody loves your business as much as you do (and you’re the #1 sales person)
  • 5. Ideas Your idea sucks (it’s about execution)
  • 6. The Business Plan Put it on one page (but don’t send it out to anyone)
  • 7. Money You can never get enough money, fast enough (but too much will ruin you)
  • 8. Investors You can’t get rid of them (and you can’t live without them)
  • 9. Raising money The best time to raise money is when you don’t need it
  • 10. Investments The best investments you can receive are in the form of cash from customers (and they don’t require you to give up equity)
  • 11. Show me You’ll have to prove it to people (and then they’ll have known it was a good idea all along)
  • 12. Partners Having a partner means you have to share in the upside (and have a friend when times are really tough)
  • 13. Technology Someone else is trying to do what you’re doing right now (and you have to be better, faster and cheaper)
  • 14. Analytics Measure everything (and then some more)
  • 15. Change I once heard: “you’ll do 10 things, 3 will fail miserably, 3 will not be good, 3 will be OK and 1 will be great” (you just need to figure out which one)
  • 16. Teams Investors, customer and employees believe in the team (and most importantly, the entrepreneur)
  • 17. Relationships At the end of the day, it’s about your relationships (which isn’t networking)
  • 18. Mentors Get people to tell you what you’re doing wrong (and cheer you on when you’re doing it right)
  • 19. Failure Don’t stop believing (but know when to fold)
  • 20. Failure (deux) Some of the best things in life come from our failures (at least you tried, most don’t)
  • 21. The Valley It’s great - don’t let anyone tell you it’s not (and yes, it’s expensive and consuming)