Each week we scour the web for insightful articles to share with the Founder Institute network.
This week's top articles include how to use metrics to get investors on board, Lanyard's unique story - from idea to exit, questioning your startup common sense, and tips for becoming a better startup mentor.
Check out our must read articles for the week of September 22 - September 29:
|5 Signs You're Standing in Your Own Way to Success|
|While a lot of the entrepreneurs I've met and mentored in the past decade have been successful, I've probably met as many, if not more, unsuccessful entrepreneurs. Each of them seemed to make a lot of the same mistakes -- ones that could be easily remedied, but when left unaddressed, could mean the difference between success and failure.|
|Using Metrics to Get Investors On Board|
|In this video from the Chicago Founder Institute, Eric explains the fundamentals of startup research and which metrics VCs expect to see in your pitch deck and your team.|
|Lanyard: from idea to exit - the story of our startup|
|I recently gave a talk at SmashingConf in Freiberg. I wanted to share the story of our startup Lanyrd and some lessons learned along the way. This article is based on that talk.|
|Do You Have Bad Start-Up Common Sense?|
Do you need help with your start-up common sense? Here are my suggestions for retraining your brain:
|5 Ways to be a Better Mentor|
|Mentoring is hard.
Mentoring is also a more significant part of the economy today than since, perhaps, apprentorship in the craftsman age. Why? The rise of entrepreneurship and the freelance economy is similar to the craftsman age since as the very structure of the economy undergoes massive transformation, workers are increasingly required to find their own means of making a living.