How Can I Help You

by williamldennis

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By definition, first time start up founders are unqualified for their job. Every day, they’re doing something they’ve never done before. What an amazingly scary privilege.

So. How can I help you?

I’m extremely appreciative of all the people who have helped me over my short entrepreneurial career. I still have so much to learn, but I’d like to start returning the favor.

Whether it was an in-person intro by a friend or a cold email I sent, the people who took 30 seconds to help are the ones I truly appreciate, respect, and remember.

They’re also the ones that make the start up ecosystem great.

So respond to emails. Take that coffee meeting. Hop on a quick call. Take down your email autoresponder. Ease up on your get-in-touch-with-me-gauntlet-from-hell. Brighten someone’s inbox when they’re stressed-the-fuck-out at 2am.

Just. Be. Helpful.

Because as founders, we’re all over-caffeinated and under-resourced. Sometimes a quick note from someone with a little experience is all it takes for you to make a more informed decision and inspire you to keep pushing.

I’ve included below an unordered list of things with which I have at least some experience. If you think I can be helpful in any of the below areas (or any other area for that matter), please send me an email at williamldennis@gmail.com or hit up @willydennis on Twitter.

You can also find out more about me at willdennis.com.

And of course, it’ll come with a big ‘ol grain of salt.

  • Raising Angel Funding
  • Pivoting
  • Raising VC
  • Designing for iPhone and Web
  • Learning Ruby on Rails and CSS
  • AngelList
  • Hiring Contractors
  • Firing Employees
  • Hiring Employees
  • Determining Equity Splits
  • Convertible Notes vs Equity
  • Finding a Technical Cofounder
  • Maxing out Credit Cards
  • The NYC start up scene vs the SF start up scene
  • Being broke
  • Managing a relationship while starting a company
  • Failing and restarting
  • Divesting
  • Getting press
  • Rebranding
  • Logo Design
  • Applying to Incubators
  • Building a pitch deck
  • Acquiring your first 5,000 users
  • Peer to peer marketplaces
  • Online video
  • Mobile apps
  • Being in an incubator
  • Investor relations
  • Learning Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Cold calling/emailing
  • Pitching at a tech conference
  • Having a booth at a tech conference
  • Starting more than one company
  • Work life balance
  • Partnerships
  • Figuring out if your idea is any good
  • et al.
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