What It Really Takes to Build a Start-Up City

By Phillip Bogdanovich Fortune called Austin “the Rockstar of Small-Business Cities.” CNBC called it “the top start-up mecca in America.” At one point in 2015, Forbes inexplicably named it one of America’s most affordable cities. I live in Austin. I have raised money in Austin. I can tell you unequivocally that Austin is not affordable, … More What It Really Takes to Build a Start-Up City

The Unicorn Myth: Who Can Really Lead a Start-Up?

By: Phillip Bogdanovich Thanks to examples like Uber and Snapchat, we are used to thinking of tech “unicorns” as companies. But the word is also used to describe individuals with the rare, wild ability to lead companies at any stage, from start-up to enterprise. The corporate leader who is universally and repeatedly successful, like Elon … More The Unicorn Myth: Who Can Really Lead a Start-Up?

Structuring: How Not to Be Eaten Alive in a Negotiation

By: Phillip Bogdanovich I recently observed a contract negotiation between two companies. They seemed to be negotiating mutually favorable terms until suddenly one side was at a clear advantage—and the other wasn’t even aware of the shift. This power exchange didn’t happen accidentally; the company with the upper hand had subtly engineered the negotiation in its own … More Structuring: How Not to Be Eaten Alive in a Negotiation

Be your own champion: Choosing Your Next Start-Up Leadership Role

If you’re considering involving yourself in a start-up but you are uncertainty- or risk-averse, it probably isn’t the best fit for you. But if you don’t mind the possibility of burning to death, here are a few tips on choosing a company that poses the least fire hazard. … More Be your own champion: Choosing Your Next Start-Up Leadership Role