Good Entrepreneurs Aren’t Always Good CEO’s

Good Entrepreneurs Aren’t Always Good CEO’s

There is a difference between starting a successful company and running a successful company. Very few can accomplish one or the other, and even fewer can do both. This is why it is important to establish the difference between a CEO and an entrepreneur. Both are equally impressive, but they require very different skill sets. It is important for successful entrepreneurs to reflect on their growing businesses and ask themselves if they truly have the traits it takes to run a multi-million dollar company. by: Emma Cheskey

Security Patterns from Intelligent Data: Intro to Software Vulnerabilities for Startup Founders

Security Patterns from Intelligent Data: Intro to Software Vulnerabilities for Startup Founders

Every tech startup founder should have basic knowledge on software vulnerabilities. When creating software, particularly bootstrapped apps with the goal of just getting an MVP out there, security is an often-overlooked aspect that results in loss of revenue and time in the long run for founders, investors, and developers. The following is a primer on software vulnerabilities. by Pablo Cortez

Entrepreneurs Need to Exercise

Entrepreneurs Need to Exercise

Whenever someone asks me what I do for a living and I explain what a normal day in my life looks like, their eyes widen and they ask me how I fit it all into one day. The life of an entrepreneur is not easy and requires a different type of work ethic and stamina. Most young entrepreneurs are involved in many different projects and probably have to keep a day job in order to pay their bills. This can seem impossible to manage mentally and physically. by Jordan Pilkington

Becoming an “Expert” in an Unfamiliar Field

Becoming an “Expert” in an Unfamiliar Field

Malcolm Gladwell claims that it takes a generalized total of 10,000 hours of practice in order to become an expert in any particular field of work. This equates to about 10 years of experience. By working as an associate in the Rebel Venture Fund, I have realized just how valuable time is in the angel investment world. By: Tyler Franek

Getting Ready to Pitch

Getting Ready to Pitch

In the past two years in the Rebel Venture Fund, I’ve been fortunate enough to to see a lot of great pitches. These presentations all had a few things in common. When you’re talking to investors you can make your pitch go a lot smoother by making sure you hit some of these themes in your pitch. - by: Jason LeDuc

How Much Is Too Much?

How Much Is Too Much?

Quit yapping! “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” It’s a quote popularly attributed to Albert Einstein, but good luck finding proof of it. Either way, the quotation gets the whole point of this article across pretty well. - By: Grant Anderson

I Want to Learn How to Code, Where Should I Start?

I Want to Learn How to Code, Where Should I Start?

Any contemporary startup worth its salt knows that without an app or internet-presence of some sort, the company is destined to fail. Maybe you have an idea for the next Angry Birds, or maybe you want to capitalize on an up and coming niche market through an innovative app. You may be thinking to leave the work to the professional software developers, but if you didn’t already know, they are far from cheap. For a startup, a self-made app is by far the cheapest route. For this reason, and countless others, programming is joining many people’s list of skills to learn. But how and where does one get started? by: Ryan Kole

You Have to Own It

You Have to Own It

When investors are making a decision, there are many factors which are considered. The size of the opportunity, proof of concept, their own understanding of the industry, regulatory risks, and more. The list is truly vast. What it all boils down to, however, is the faith the investor has in the Management Team itself. by: Grant Anderson

How to Survive on $5 a Day

How to Survive on $5 a Day

Naturally, when in college, most of us tend to survive on very minimal budgets for long periods of time. In the entrepreneur space, the reality is often similar. Sure, there are lots of entrepreneurs with cushy jobs, living comfortably while they try to launch or grow their own business, but this isn’t about them. by: Santiago Ricoy

Why you Shouldn’t Keep your Startup Idea a Secret

Why you Shouldn’t Keep your Startup Idea a Secret

After many months of late nights and early mornings spent in the garage, your brilliant one-of-a-kind startup idea has finally come alive. Except there’s just one little problem: No one has ever heard of you or your product, and no one wants to use it. All the hard work you spent keeping your innovation under the radar from sneaky tech giants ready to rip you off, has led your company missing out on all of the imrportant steps necessary to properly go from idea to conception.  by: Nate White

Achieving the Work-Life Balance

Achieving the Work-Life Balance

You have heard the phrase “hard work pays off.” Hard work does take us closer to our goals, but too much work can be detrimental to our health and overall happiness. New challenges that were never seen before were brought on by the modernization of the 21st century which have made it more difficult to balance work and life. by: Leonardo Georgescu

What is This “Exit” Thing

What is This “Exit” Thing

So, what is your exit strategy? Can you elaborate on how it will work? You have probably heard these questions if you have pitched a company to an investor. The way that you go about answering them is critical to how investors will perceive the opportunity that you are trying to get them to be a part of. This can make or break entire deals. By: Brian Garrido

How to Hire Top Startup Talent

How to Hire Top Startup Talent

When it comes to hiring for startup talent, there are a few challenges that entrepreneurs and management teams commonly face: attracting talent, compensation or lack thereof, and timing. Does the company then hire for talent or trainability? What is the impact of culture and fit on hiring decisions? How can management think outside of the box to solidify hiring efforts? by: Lilian Shen

Why is everyone trying to start a startup? And should you?

Why is everyone trying to start a startup? And should you?

Recently it seems that everywhere I look there is some mention of entrepreneurs and startups. Perhaps it’s my constant exposure to the startup scene or maybe there is a trend developing around us. Articles are popping up in a variety of industries trying to follow what the next big thing is and who’s going to be the ones to create it. by Christopher Derbyshire

Traits of a Successful Entrepreneur

Traits of a Successful Entrepreneur

A successful founder or entrepreneur can come from any facet of life: geographic locations, upbringings, social classes, as well as education levels. However, there are certain traits and abilities that they possess: being contrarian, open-minded, passionate, diligent, and having the ability to manage and market. by Bradley Blankenship

Venture Capitalist: Investor or Gambler

Venture Capitalist: Investor or Gambler

Ask yourself, “Is there really any difference between an Investor and a Gambler?” They both participate in high risk activities that require a sum of money for entry and could result in great winnings or losses. Venture Capitalism is inherently high risk due to the early stage at which they invest. Though gambling and investing is similar on the surface, one of the defining differences is clarified by Peter Lynch: “An investment is simply a gamble in which you've managed to tilt the odds in your favor.”  by: Justin Tran

How to Market Effectively

How to Market Effectively

When starting any business, most entrepreneurs know how important it is to have a business plan. A business plan outlines your company's course for success and each aspect of it, from your business description to your finances, is vital for you as a business owner to understand. One crucial element of this plan is your business marketing strategy.  by: Satinder Dhaliwal

Classes you should take if you are an entrepreneur at UNLV

Classes you should take if you are an entrepreneur at UNLV

The Las Vegas ecosystem is an interesting space for upcoming entrepreneurs. It’s not Silicon Valley just yet but if you are trying to start your own business you will find that people are willing to help you out, especially if you are a student. UNLV offers several opportunities for students to succeed and among those, are a few courses that you can take that will help you become a better business owner. - by: Helena Lagos

An Intellectual Property Guide for Venture Capitalists

An Intellectual Property Guide for Venture Capitalists

In this era of technology and innovation, businesses are becoming increasingly dependent on intangible property (aka: intellectual property) to run their operations and produce profit. That being said, investors need be confident that the intellectual property assets of a company (patents, copyrights, trademarks, licensing agreements, etc.) are legally and fiscally sound prior to tendering agreements. - by: Caleb Green

5 Qualities That Make a Great Entrepreneur

5 Qualities That Make a Great Entrepreneur

In my time as an associate at Rebel Venture Fund, I’ve had the privilege of meeting a lot of entrepreneurs. They’ve all been amazing, ambitious and driven individuals who truly want to make the world a better place through their products and services. Even many of the other angel investors we work with on deals got their start in entrepreneurship. - by: Jason LeDuc