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Start-up Board Management and Best Practices

Founders of early-stage startups organize themselves and their businesses out of the chaos of start-up primordial soup.  If things go well, over time, an increasing amount of order and organization is applied to that chaos. Arguably, the most significant point at which a start-up must mature their processes and procedures comes with the decision to […]

One way to think about start-up compensation for founders and execs

Article written by Kip McClanahan and Morgan Flager of Silverton Partners. This article originally appeared in the Austin Business Journal.   Compensation is a multi-dimensional challenge for founders and the first few executives in early-stage startups. The most important principles to remember as issues present themselves are fairness — including the perception of fairness — […]

INFOGRAPHIC: Self-Storage Explodes!

SpareFoot is one of the companies in Silverton Partner’s portfolio.  They’re the world’s largest marketplace for self-storage — a $20 billion-dollar market. Sparefoot also provides leading web marketing solutions for storage operators. Sparefoot was founded in 2008 by then-UCLA students Chuck Gordon and Mario Feghali (aka Chario), SpareFoot originated as a person-to-person storage website (“airBnB for […]

2012 Example Investor Pitch Deck and Discussion

This is the updated, 2012 version of the ReOverthinking start-up pitch deck; since the first version was written in 2009, this post and it’s predecessors has been read on average 50 times a day…often more than that.  I really hope this indicates the number of entrepreneurs that are thinking about or working on a start-up. […]

Adding experience to a founding team

A version of this article originally appeared in the Austin Business Journal. by Kip McClanahan and Morgan Flager. Adding Outside Experience Knowing when to bring experienced management talent into a young company is a subtle, yet critical decision point that almost all successful companies will pass through in their lifetimes. In the early days, with […]