When I moved my family and startup from NYC to Boulder, CO in 2005, it wasn’t because of the vibrant startup scene in Boulder. There really wasn’t one back then. It was because of the people that I met. …


How #Startup CEOs Can Keep Moving During The Unthinkable

Is there ever a time during a #startup CEOs tenure where you aren’t in crisis? I know it never FEELS that way. There’s always an overwhelming amount of things weighing heavily on your shoulders. The needs of your investors, your employees…


I’m Not Here to Make Friends. I’m Here to Build a Business.

“Sometimes, no matter how hard you try to do the right thing, there’s always someone who thinks you’re an asshole.”

That’s the exact content of one of my most liked and retweeted tweets from last year. Unfortunately, you…


There were very few moments in my life that were scarier than the very first time I went into a Board meeting as a CEO. That’s hard to admit, but it’s true.

I had been part of Board meetings before as a Founder, but never as the CEO. I was…


As CEO, every single thing you do matters…

Thoughts on culture, leadership and power.

The Fish Stinks From The Head. I’ll never forget learning this phrase from a member of my leadership team at one of my previous companies, a former Chief Marketing Officer for numerous global luxury brands, and…


A framework for managing difficult team discussions.

I’ve had two calls in the last week or so from CEOs I speak with often, both related to the same thing — not acting quickly enough to defuse real turmoil within the executive team. That’s just in the last week or so. …


I was out walking my dogs today.

It’s a beautiful day here in Boulder — one of those days between summer and winter (most people call this fall, but here in Boulder, it’s really just a transition day) where as long as you’re in the sun, it’s summer, but if…

David Mandell

Founder, VentureVoodoo, Co-Founder, Massive. Partner, The Fund, Rockies. If you walk properly, you can move the earth. @dgmandell

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