Why Communicating with Your Investors Is Essential

I haven’t heard a peep since we closed, I thought. There is always a flurry of activity associated with fundraising. The entrepreneur starts the process by putting together a presentation which shows just how amazing the investment opportunity might be for the investor. Dissolving Abandonment Fears The investors who are interested are then filled with […]

10 Critical Lessons Before Writing the Check

Blake Patton’s Insights for Early Stage Investors

I am a fan of Blake Patton. I respect him as a husband, father, community leader and friend. He is also this year’s local keynote speaker for the October 6th Atlanta High Tech Prayer Breakfast. Blake started Tech Square Ventures three years ago. In this short time he has: Raised Tech Square’s initial fund Tapped […]

It’s All About Family

And Family Is About Faith

“You’re getting married in the midst of this job search?” I was talking to a recent Georgia Tech MBA graduate. He had offers to become a consultant but came to me for advice on startup opportunities. After getting into his background a bit, I understood why. He’s smart and ambitious and has always been drawn […]

How a Judgmental Spirit Wounds Your Marriage

And How I've Vowed to Change

Joel Weldon, a motivational speaker, was giving his talk “Jet Pilots Don’t Have Rearview Mirrors.” He was sporting an Arizona tan, but his accent gave him away. He was a New Yorker. It was 1984, and I was in Maui, Hawaii at the annual sales awards for the public company where I ran one of […]

How to Give Advice That Makes a Difference

The Essence of Greatness

Jim Porter was one of the great mentors in my life. I tell stories about what I learned from him, but I was never able to answer the questions, “Why did Jim have such an impact on your life? What made him so great?” They seem like such simple questions. Of course, I would give an […]

The Secret to Making Lifelong Friends

It was 6:30 am on Friday in Milan, Italy, and we were headed to Malpensa International Airport. We were flying back to the United States having just completed an eight-day motorcycle ride from Milan to Pisa to Assisi to Bologna and back to Milan. We traveled 908 miles according to my odometer and covered some of the most beautiful […]

How God Transformed Me From a Self-Centered, Overly-Ambitious, Narcissistic, Egomaniac Drunk

And Saved My Marriage

“I am impressed with a lot of men for their accomplishments. I am most impressed and intrigued by men who have accomplished a successful marriage. You’ve been married for forty years. What is the secret?” he asked. It was eleven o’clock at night, and we were standing on the terrace of our hotel. We were […]

I’ve Been Robbed!

“Watch out for the gypsies. They are great pickpockets,” I was warned by my friend Josh. We were walking through Florence, Italy, and Josh and Kerry were about to leave us. They were headed to join a tour, while Kathy and I were going to explore and shop. I immediately thought of the 250 euros […]