by Ryan Weber
I've been on both sides of the table as an entrepreneur/product manager and investor. I've participated in regional and national early stage venture capital conferences, startup festivals, mentored and attended in various accelerators, invested in dozens of startups, and pitched investors my own startups many times at various stages. Now, I'd like to share some of the key lessons I learned from using lean startups and how the stages line-up with funding sources and their expectations.
Lean Startups Review
What Investors Care About
Investment Rounds - How Does Each Stage Of Funding Generally Line Up The 3 Phases Of Customer Development?
Currently, I am a Managing Partner at regional venture fund Great North Labs - http://www.greatnorthlabs.com. Great North Labs invests in technology startups across any industry that are based, or have meaningful operations, in the upper mid-west. We have assembled a team experienced in scaling technology startups across a variety of industries, along with individuals with strong expertise in exponential technologies, so that we can help regional startups achieve greatness!
Previously, I was Co-Founder/Chief Product Officer for NativeX (FKA Freeze and W3i), a digital media company that we scaled to $70M in revenue, 170 employees, and offices in Silicon Valley and Minnesota. Additionally, in a partnership with my twin brother Rob (called 32 Degrees), we actively invested as angels from 2006 to 2017 that successfully had a 5x+ return in our regional investments from 2006 to 2011. These investments included eBureau, Zencoder, and FieldNation.
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