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Michel Courtoy
Member Since: July 9, 2013
Blog Posts: 18
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Startup Exit Strategy: Plan for the Unexpected Term Sheet
12/5/2014   2 comments
It's the startup CEO's job to make the inevitable exit a smooth one.
Developing a Sales Strategy
10/29/2014   2 comments
No company can be successful without sales and marketing performing at its peak level.
Ignore Marketing at Your Own Peril
9/26/2014   11 comments
Marketing is an important element of your company's growth and a significant means of building brand identity. Don’t neglect it.
Getting Your First Sales Pick Right
8/27/2014   5 comments
A company needs to create a repeatable sales process to grow and thrive. This means a template for a successful customer engagement can be described and taught to new team members, who are expected to become productive in a few months.
Find an Entrepreneurial Mentor
7/22/2014   4 comments
As Luke had his Yoda, so does a startup CEO need a mentor. Here are some tips for what to look for in a mentor.
Startups Should Think Globally
6/17/2014   3 comments
The technology industry is a global village with many moving parts, from engineers abroad to international operation. Startups are often recommended to concentrate on one geographical area, but the secret sauce may be in managing and developing across multiple geographies.
Break 'Introversion Glass Ceiling'
5/23/2014   10 comments
Can your innermost introvert stand the rigors of CEO-style schmoozing, evangelistic product marketing, and rallying the troops to get your tech startup thriving? You may be surprised.
Taking Bored Out of Board Meetings
4/28/2014   4 comments
A group of outsiders, often with limited experience in the targeted market segment, spend 4 hours a month thinking about your company and then tell you, the CEO, who is dedicated 24/7 to the enterprise, what you're doing wrong. How can that be boring?
A Startup Needs a Good Board of Directors
4/7/2014   3 comments
Most startups fail because of poor execution. An experienced board member can make all the difference.
Startup 101: Why Proxies & Mentors Matter
2/25/2014   Post a comment
Three out of four startups fail. While you can't insulate yourself from market forces, having industry mentors and updated proxies will help you avoid some dangers along the road to success.
Why Hi-Tech Startups Should Care About Culture
1/21/2014   Post a comment
It's a no-brainer that CEOs have to attend to company culture, but the CEO in high-tech has a set of additional cultural burdens.
Hiring the Right Team
12/23/2013   5 comments
"Time spent on hiring is time well spent." This familiar marketing slogan is true for all companies and critical in the case of a startup. Who you hire defines your company.
Earth to EE CEOs: Know When to Delegate
11/26/2013   4 comments
You're an electrical engineer turned entrepreneur morphing into a chief executive officer. Learning to delegate is a skill that may keep your business alive -- and you (and the people around you) out of the madhouse.
Comment: Re: ceos - Michel Courtoy - 11/5/2013
It Takes a Village to Make an Entrepreneurial CEO
11/4/2013   4 comments
So you want to be a CEO? Today's startup is a bootstrapped venture with a founding technical team stretched thin. The CEO is the natural leader with innate but not necessarily proven skills. Here's how to round out your skills to succeed as an entrepreneurial CEO.
Launching the Product
9/27/2013   4 comments
A well executed product launch may be almost as important as the product.
What Venture Capitalists Want: Engineers' Guide to Researching Business Opportunities
8/26/2013   9 comments
Engineers see opportunity in their customers' problems. How can the technologically gifted, but not necessarily business-savvy, engineer judge if a nascent opportunity is fundable and feasible? First, make a business plan.
SoC verification is growing up fast
2/26/2013   Post a comment
Human beings progress through a predictable process of maturity with well understood characteristics for each age. What is striking to me is that all technologies seem to follow the same pattern…
Verification is the Key Entrepreneurial Opportunity
12/11/2012   Post a comment
The evolution of chips to big SoCs has made verification the most critical and time-consuming aspect of the development cycle. In many ways, it's larger and more complex than hardware design.

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