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Eric B. Schultz

Eric B. Schultz has 7 post(s) at Ascent Venture Partners


05
Aug
2015

What Really Makes an Entrepreneur Successful?

Google that question and you’ll have all the advice you could ever want or need.  One list of 25 items includes “grab attention,” “be accessible,” and “get involved.”[1]  Another list advises would-be entrepreneurs to be “highly self-motivated” and “exhibit strong leadership qualities.”[2]  A third suggests the need for a “strong inner drive” and “being excited by work.”[3]  A fourth: passion,
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22
Jan
2015

Retro Chic: The IoT Means Hardware Engineers Are Cool Again

In the beginning there were Military Engineers who built bridges and designed fortifications. When peacetime came, some headed to dig in the mines and others to build roads, canals and cities. For the first 50 years of the 19th century, engineers came in five basic flavors: Military, Mining, and Civil, and with the rise of steam, Naval and Railroad. In those
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23
May
2014

An Entrepreneur’s Summer Reading Guide

Whether a week at the shore or just a quiet Friday afternoon away from the algorithms, summer is a great time to catch up on reading. You’ll find below a grab-bag of book suggestions – old and new – for entrepreneurs, from Pulitzer Prize-winning titles and the new new thing to “big picture” reading and pure escapism.   The Art of the
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04
Jun
2013

If Your Board Were “The Avengers”

Eric Schultz, HubCast Chairman and a Venture Partner at Ascent, clearly has been studying his superhero movies closely. Here Eric shares his thoughts on the similarities between Board of Directors dynamics and The Avengers. Read more of Eric’s work on the Ascent blog and on his personal blog, The Occasional CEO. For the half-dozen of you global citizens who missed
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06
Feb
2013

Everything I Know About Pitching VCs I Learned From Monty Python (Part Two)

For part one of “Everything I Know About Pitching VCs I Learned From Monty Python,” click here. With help from The Pythons, Matt Fates and I collaborated on some ideas to help turn your exceptional slide deck into an exceptional fundraising pitch. 5) Then, you must cut down the mightiest tree in the forest… with… a herring! The other key to
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29
Jan
2013

Everything I Know About Pitching VCs I Learned From Monty Python (Part One)

  Most VCs number the annual business plans they see in a year in the thousands, but the implication is the same: There has to be more to distinguish your fundraising pitch than ten or 15 slides in 30-point font. That’s where Monty Python comes in. John Cleese, Eric Idle and their associates were a VC’s dream, launching a comedy
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07
Sep
2012

What’s the Opposite of Innovation?

by Eric B. Schultz, former CEO Sensitech, Venture Partner at Ascent There’s no denying that we live in the Age of Innovation. If you’re an entrepreneur in the midst of building a company, chances are good you’re soaked in a constant downpour of advice on innovation, all of which ends with the bone-chilling admonition, roughly translated, “Innovate or die.” I
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