Lots of great things happened in 2022, but it was no doubt one of the most brutal year given the recession, mass layoffs, and investor pull back. I learned a lot about fundraising, business, and technology.

Where I lacked a lot was building relationships with investors. Further complicating things was the Covid pandemic. Building a company when there is a raging global pandemic was challenging.

Some of my focus areas for 2023:

Build relationships

  • Customers
  • Strategic Partners
  • Employees/Co-founders
  • Investors

Expand my knowledge about Venture Capital/Financing

  • Grants like the NSF SBIR/STTR program
  • SAFEs
  • Angel Groups
  • Accelerators
  • Convertible Notes
  • Crowdfunding

Expand my knowledge about business

  • Startup business valuation
  • Intellectual property
  • Financial Accounting
  • Pitch deck/Business plan
  • Selling and marketing to enterprise businesses

Expand my knowledge about Product Management and Technology

  • Product Management tools (JIRA, Confluence, etc.)
  • Cloud certifications (AWS, Google Cloud, Azure)
  • Learn a new programming language like Rust or Go
  • Developer conferences