1. What question about startups do you get asked most often by founders?
How much capital should I plan on raising? Lots of founders struggling between deciding between bootstrapping and raising more capital, and the implications (whom do I approach? Etc) of going for more…
When you’ve had to pivot start-ups in the past – when did you know and how did you do it?
2. What question do you actually wish founders would ask?
I love it when a founder explains his/her passion and how that’s expressed in the start-up, and has that as a platform for an open conversation about how to make it work. IN my experience, start-ups founded around personal passions have the highest likelihood of survival – ‘cause it’s actually really tough to make things work for the long-term.
3. What’s missing from the Denver startup scene to support founders?
There’s a ton of great activity around and support for start-ups in and immediately around Denver – but it’s not always incredibly obvious how to get plugged into the resources. A little more communication coordination will help. The noise is a normal byproduct of the activity at this relatively early stage of focus on start-ups per se in and around Denver
There are a host of great start-ups that are not tech/software and/or for-profit – I think this is going to be the biggest win for Denver – we need to get them all plugged into the #denverstartup scene too! One example; Andrew Romanoff’s northeast Denver initiative with IDE to get 30 not-for-profit international development-oriented start-ups galvanized.