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Start smart: Essential tips for the next A-Team

Building a strong team early in your company’s life-cycle is one of the key attributes that pre-disposes your company to success and to gathering investor interest. In this presentation, Seedcamp Partner Carlos Espinal covers some of the attributes that makes an A-Team compelling. Here are the slides that accompanied Carlos’ presentation…

Advisor Agreement updated October 2014

With the help of JAG Shaw Baker we’ve updated the Advisor Agreement template available at Seedsummit.org (where you can find a collection of free startup-friendly legal documents). This template has been been tailored to meet the specific needs of early stage, high growth companies and reflects the current market standard. It includes the following provisions; Appointment terms Time commitment Role and duties […]

On Trust, Founder Fall-Outs, & 6 steps to get things back on track

This post first appeared on Venture Beat on Friday 22nd August. Relationships are built on trust, and they require work to keep alive and well. In his book The Trust Edge, David Horsager outlines the eight pillars he believes enable trust to occur within a relationship. The eight pillars are clarity, compassion, character, competency, commitment, connection, contribution, and consistency. […]

How to Prioritise Like a Pro

This guest post is written by Taylor Wescoatt, EIR at Seedcamp. He is the Former COO of eMoov, VP of Product at Timeout and Head of Payments & Incubation at eBay. Taylor has extensive experience building startups and is focused on Product, Technology and Operational scaling. Here, he offers an efficient and stress-relieving solution to a common startup problem; […]

The Perfect Team Slide & Why It Matters

This article originally appeared on Netocratic on July 2nd 2014. When an investor considers your company for investment at the earliest stages, who you are is so much more important than your idea. Your team is such a crucial part of your company’s success, and yet many teams omit their team slide or bludgeon it because they don’t […]

Understanding The Vision in a “Visionary Founder”

Originally published by TheNextWeb on Feb 19th, 2014 by Carlos Eduardo Espinal | @cee “If you have visions, you should go see a doctor” – Helmut Schmidt, one of the most admired German chancellors Because I know how confusing and frustrating the fund-raising process can be for a founder, one of the topics I like exploring is […]

What Firing an Employee May Say about You

A big thank you to Bretton Putter of the Forsyth group for Feedback and Editorial Input – http://www.forsythgroup.com/about/the-team/ By Carlos Eduardo Espinal Twitter: @cee This post is not about how to hire or how to fire someone. It is about highlighting the potential reasons why employees relationships can fall apart and lead to a dismissal down […]