My New Motto: Work hard. Play hard. Rest Hard.

Recently on a trip to Denver, I had a conversation with an entrepreneur, Mike (not his real name). Our chat that day stuck with me. “I deal with a lot of stress in building this business. It’s lonely and doesn’t go my way most of the time,” said Mike. “Sometimes I find myself looking for […]

What’s Your Company Culture?

It is crazy to me how outraged people are about the whole Uber scandal. Everyone who invested in Travis Kalanick, its founder and now former CEO, knew who he was. He hasn’t changed. Man of Vision They saw this incredibly talented young man with a vision to change the world in the developing share economy. […]

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 […]