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By Definition, No One Else Can See Your Vision

If everyone else could see your vision, it wouldn’t be a vision.  Makes your vision sound extra special, right?  But to people on the outside, visions often look like hallucinations. Outsiders can’t tell if your vision is brilliant and innovative or just plain crazy. And realistically, there are very few people out there who have time to make a proper analysis.  At Userlite, we’re building something audacious. We’ve shared our vision with dozens of mentors, investors, and potential employees and partners. We’ve pitched our vision from Silicon Valley to Boston, and lots of places in between. The results? Almost no one we...

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Change of Direction: Do the Impossible

Jon Colgan (and many others I know) are frustrated about fundraising in NC. And I know where he’s coming from. I’ve been there. Well, actually, I am there.    But my take on the situation is a little different.    First, let’s face reality:    From what I can tell there are maybe 100 active seed investors in the Triangle, and only a dozen or so of really active tech Angels. Let’s say they average about one deal per year, that’s only around 100 seed opportunities per year to split between thousands of tech entrepreneurs, ideas, and innovations.    I’m...

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The Startup Hats: The Manager's Hat

David Gardner is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor based in Cary. He sold ProviderLink to Compuware for $12 million in 2006. Four years later, he sold Peopleclick to a New York private equity firm for $100 million. Among his portfolio of 25 local startups are FilterEasy, Stealz, Validic, ArchiveSocial, FotoSwipe and Fortnight Brewing. He had two exits in 2013: Magnus Health (after it raised a round) and ChannelAdvisor. Gardner wrote The Startup Hats over Christmas 2013 and it is now available for purchase in both paperback and ebook. He shares excerpts of each chapter with ExitEvent readers in 13 installments. Here’s part eight.    Special...

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Just Published: The Startup Hats (The Recruiter's Hat)

David Gardner is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor based in Cary. He sold ProviderLink to Compuware for $12 million in 2006. Four years later, he sold Peopleclick to a New York private equity firm for $100 million. Among his portfolio of 25 local startups are FilterEasy, Stealz, Validic, ArchiveSocial, FotoSwipe and Fortnight Brewing. He had two exits in 2013: Magnus Health (after it raised a round) and ChannelAdvisor. Gardner wrote The Startup Hats over Christmas 2013 and publishes it as an e-book this week. In the meantime, he shares excerpts of each chapter with ExitEvent readers in 13 installments. Here’s part seven.  In my...

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The Startup Hats: The Salesman's Hat

David Gardner is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor based in Cary. He sold ProviderLink to Compuware for $12 million in 2006. Four years later, he sold Peopleclick to a New York private equity firm for $100 million. Among his portfolio of 25 local startups are FilterEasy, Stealz, Validic, ArchiveSocial, FotoSwipe and Fortnight Brewing. He had two exits in 2013: Magnus Health (after it raised a round) and ChannelAdvisor. Gardner wrote The Startup Hats over Christmas 2013 and expects to publish it. In the meantime, he shares excerpts of each chapter with ExitEvent readers in 13 installments. Here’s part six. A startup can survive and...

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The Startup Hats: The Marketer's Hat

David Gardner is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor based in Cary. He sold ProviderLink to Compuware for $12 million in 2006. Four years later, he sold Peopleclick to a New York private equity firm for $100 million. Among his portfolio of 25 local startups are FilterEasy, Stealz, Validic, ArchiveSocial, FotoSwipe and Fortnight Brewing. He had two exits in 2013: Magnus Health and ChannelAdvisor. Gardner wrote The Startup Hats over Christmas 2013 and expects to publish it. In the meantime, he shares excerpts of each chapter with ExitEvent readers in 13 installments. Here’s part five. For the first four chapters, click here. Once you have your...

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Take the Plunge

David Ogden is a serial entrepreneur and the founder of Triangle-based startup Userlite. He has deep experience launching and growing SaaS companies in education, finance, entertainment, and healthcare. I have two sons. Both are amazing. And both love big waterslides. Driving to the waterpark, they’re both ecstatic. As soon as we enter the gates, it’s a bee line to the biggest, tallest, most outrageous waterslide in the park. Excitement builds as they run up the stairs. Both are smiling and laughing they can’t wait! They make it to the platform. My first son doesn’t skip a beat. In a...

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The Startup Hats: The Navigator's Hat

David Gardner is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor based in Cary. He sold ProviderLink to Compuware for $12 million in 2006. Four years later, he sold Peopleclick to a New York private equity firm for $100 million. Among his portfolio of 25 local startups are FilterEasy, Stealz, Validic, ArchiveSocial, FotoSwipe and Fortnight Brewing. He had two exits in 2013: Magnus Health (after it raised a round) and ChannelAdvisor. Gardner wrote The Startup Hats over Christmas 2013 and expects to publish it. In the meantime, he shares excerpts of each chapter with ExitEvent readers in 13 installments. Here’s part...

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