X

Insights

Whether you're embarking on your very first startup or relying on decades of entrepreneurial experience, Square 1 can help you stay on track and informed with insights and advice from the best minds in the industry.

< back
Featured Insight

How to Hire the First Salesperson for Your Startup

Read
Gadiel Morantes
Early Growth Financial Services
Nick Moran Nick Moran Guest Contributor

Navigating the Future of IoT (Panel Discussion)

October 5, 2017

This podcast was originally posted on Full Ratchet’s website on August 23, 2017.
This summer, UILabs hosted a panel of IoT experts to discuss the future roadmap of IoT. During the discussion, the group addressed a variety of topics including IoT security, consumer vs. enterprise IoT, metrics to use to evaluate IoT, key barriers to mass IoT proliferation, among others.

Read
Gadiel Morantes Gadiel Morantes Guest Contributor

How to Hire the First Salesperson for Your Startup

October 5, 2017

This article was originally posted on Early Growth Financial Services’ blog.
Few things are as important or as challenging to startups as landing that first salesperson to take your vision forward. Often you start as a solopreneur or as a small inner circle of founders wearing all the hats necessary to keep your firm lean and aggressively hungry.

Read
Nic Poulos Nic Poulos Guest Contributor

Evaluating SaaS Startups As Potential Vendors

October 5, 2017

This article was originally posted on Bowery Capital’s blog on September 12, 2017.
Today, even the largest enterprises are working with startups. While F500 procurement processes are still a tough go for young businesses, corporations are recognizing that adopting cutting edge technology early—while a potential risk—is a form of innovation in its own right. Inking a good deal with a new best-of-breed vendor years earlier than the competition can go a long way. That is why evaluating SaaS startups as potential vendors is important.

Read
Amir Malayery Amir Malayery Guest Contributor

Even on the Way Out, Investors Deserve a Manager’s Empathy

September 7, 2017

We were taught as children about the golden rule: treat others as one would expect to be treated. Sometimes we forget this rule in business—particularly in the venture business. While we could take a sentence like that in several different directions, today the focus is on limited partner transfers.

Read
Top Tier Capital Partners Top Tier Capital Partners Guest Contributor

The Importance of Specialization

September 7, 2017

This article was originally published by Top Tier Capital Partners on September 5, 2017.
We rely on specialists and generalists on a daily basis. When remodeling a bathroom, a general contractor with some experience in carpentry, plumbing and electrical work is important to get the project planned. When it comes to the execution of each task (laying new tile, wiring vanity lights, installing new plumbing) it’s important to call in a specialist to get the job done right.

Read
Ryan Janssen Ryan Janssen Guest Contributor

The Case Against AI: Are We at “Peak Hype” and What Should Founders + Investors Do?

August 24, 2017

This article is co-authored by Ryan Janssen and Sanjay Gandhi.
Well, we got here. Everyone’s wondering when a robot will take their job. Every pitchdeck’s slide 3 is showing how they’re “AI Powered” with a vague flow chart of a neural net – whether it’s an AI business or not. And Elon Musk is already beginning the Battle With The Machines.

Read
Top Tier Capital Partners Top Tier Capital Partners Guest Contributor

Pre-Seed Investing: Venture Capital’s Draft Day

August 24, 2017

This article was originally published by Top Tier Capital Partners on August 10, 2017.
The evolution of early stage VC ecosystem has led to the proliferation of many new venture funds started by former angels, operators, and existing VCs. According to PitchBook, since 2014, there have been nearly 100 first-time funds which raised a total of $7.3B.

Read
Alexandra Adamson Alexandra Adamson Guest Contributor

Early Sales Hires: The Questions That Everyone Needs To Be Asking

August 10, 2017

This article was originally published on Bowery Capital’s blog on June 27, 2017. It is co-authored by Alexandra Adamson and Andrew Oddo.
Early sales hires at young companies carry bigger stakes than most for founders. Why? Well for starters, your “culture dilution” in an early-stage company is still very concentrated. One individual hire, and certainly the first of their kind, has the ability to shift the culture of a 5 person company much more significantly than a 500 person one.

Read
Sarah Hodges Sarah Hodges Guest Contributor

How to Reverse-Engineer a Unicorn: Why a Personal Board of Advisors is the Key to Your Success – Part 3

August 9, 2017

This article was originally published March 2, 2017 on medium.com.
In her first and second installments on the topic, Sarah Hodges of Pillar explains why a trusted board of advisors is critical to any leader’s or entrepreneur’s success and what roles and personalities should be represented on the board. Here, Sarah will conclude the series with a discussion on how to cultivate mutually beneficial relationships with your personal board of advisors.

Read
Margot Leong Margot Leong Guest Contributor

3 Ways To Make Sure Your Office Reflects Your Company’s Brand

July 27, 2017

This article was originally published on envoy.com’s blog on March 22, 2017.
Image and experience are everything in the ongoing battle for customers and talent. To do this well, you need a strong brand — a philosophy that defines everything from expectations and customer service to product design and tone.

Read

© 2005-2017 Square 1 Bank, a division of Pacific Western Bank. Member FDIC. All rights reserved.