Nate Lentz
September 2, 2020

Technology & Leadership

Recording Zoom Meetings or “Play It Again, Sam!”

In this current environment of sheltering in place and virtual meetings, everyone in the investment community is well aware of the challenges of not meeting with people face-to-face.   It takes longer for personal connections to be created.  There are fewer sidebars and casual interactions where we traditionally begin to feel comfortable with people.   Non-verbal clues […]

Full Article

Nate Lentz
July 14, 2020

Technology & Leadership

Most of our Portfolio CEOs Say “See You at The Office in 2021”

We recently held a zoom conference with our CEOs to discuss reopening the office and to share what people were learning, thinking, and how they were preparing.  100% of participants are business-to-business software start-ups and almost 100% of employees are college educated with salaries averaging above $100k, so their perspectives will be very different from […]

Full Article

Nate Lentz
May 12, 2020

Technology & Leadership

Watch Out for the Next Gray Rhino – Beware the Coordinated Cyber-Attack

In this time of COVID-19, many people have used the term “Black Swan” to describe the pandemic and its global and national impact. But “Black Swans” are defined as “Events that are highly improbable, difficult to predict, and have massive impact.” Our current situation has had massive impact, but it certainly wasn’t improbable or difficult […]

Full Article

Nate Lentz
July 1, 2019

Technology & Leadership

Two Great Reads and Three Trends to Drive Innovation

Two things I have read recently have stayed with me and lingered in my mind.  The first is Ed Glaeser’s Triumph of the City, which focuses on the history of urban development, the impact of regulation and industry structure on urban success, and the future for cities.  Glaeser outlines several trends that suggest that in […]

Full Article

Nate Lentz
May 14, 2019

Technology & Leadership

PACT Enterprise Awards:  Proud of Philly, Proud of our Collective Grit, Proud of our Companies

The 2019 Enterprise Awards were held last night at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia.  True to the resurgence of Philadelphia, this event has returned to Center City over the last five years after being held for several years in the hotel and casino landscape of City Avenue and King of Prussia.  This black-tie event does […]

Full Article

Nate Lentz
July 18, 2018

Technology & Leadership

The Compounding Effect of a CEO’s Day-to-Day Decisions

A colleague of mine recently stepped away from his day-to-day role as a partner in a venture fund and into an interim six-month role as Executive Chair in one of our portfolio companies. It was a necessary move to stabilize what will likely be a very good company and it was a great move for […]

Full Article

Nate Lentz
May 14, 2014

Technology & Leadership

Softening a Startup Crash Landing

In 2003 through 2005, when I was in my pre-investor, CEO role, we bought three companies  and through this process we learned a lot about what to do differently, what to do better, and what just not to do in start-up M&A.  One company in particular taught us a majority of the lessons.  The company […]

Full Article

Nate Lentz
October 21, 2013

Technology & Leadership

5 Jobs Start-up CEO/Founders Give Up Too Late

Often I will write a blog post and several portfolio CEOs will say that I wrote the post specifically about them when in fact I am discussing a common tendency among the many CEOs I see.  This is probably going to be one of those posts, especially for the founder / CEOs in the group.  […]

Full Article