Money. Power. Respect.

The question that we have to knock down all the time at TheFamily is “Can you help me with fundraising?” The answer is “No.” And that’s not for the reasons that you might think. Essentially, it’s the wrong question and…

Startups are going to save the world

People are going to read that and think that I’m exaggerating, but I actually believe it, and I have serious reasons. Startups create value. Sure, part of that is generating money and returns. But it’s also value that recognizes that…

Europe I Love You

Too many startup founders I meet are obsessed with copying what goes on outside of Europe. We forget our strengths. The things that give us incredible unfair advantages. An unfair advantage is anything you can use in your favor, making…

Do You Know Why?

The decision to become an entrepreneur can be motivated by wanting to make money. In France, we have a real problem with that idea, but it’s true. It’s ok to make money. But truly great companies are motivated by a…

Turn your flame into a big fire.

If anyone ever tries to tell you that ambition only comes from within, and that it’s something you’re born with, don’t believe them. It’s absolutely not true. Ambition is something you can learn.   Read the full article here

Go Big or Go Home

The founders I work with start to eventually hate me because I repeat it so much: a startup is entirely defined by its growth. A startup isn’t defined by being on the internet. A startup isn’t defined by concentrating on…

Bootstrap — More than just a cliché

Let’s establish a simple definition of what bootstrapping is: it’s a way of using one’s own means and revenues to grow the company before seeking any outside funding.   You know companies that did this, even if you aren’t aware…

The Founders’ Dilemma

From what we see at TheFamily, I can tell you that besides simply running out of cash, the vast majority of startups that fail can trace that failure back to a problem between founders. If a team is not really…