Jeff Erwin

Jeff Erwin has been a startup founder and CEO in the high-tech and software industry for over 30 years, with additional VP-level experience in a variety of public companies. Since 1989 Jeff has founded several venture capital backed startups, all leading to successful acquisitions. Jeff's corporate employment history includes two years as VP of Business Development at Network General Corp, three years at Visio as VP of Enterprise Products and five years at Microsoft, where he served as General Manager for the Network Management Group & the Visio product line and was also the Director of Incubation for Microsoft Research in the wireless mesh networking space. Jeff has filed eight patents in the networking field, shipped numerous consumer and enterprise products for both Windows and Mac markets, and has board-level experience with multiple VC-backed startups. In 2006 Jeff assumed the role of President & CEO of Pure Networks which developed both Windows and Mac consumer software and successfully sold the company to Cisco several years later. In 2011 Jeff assumed the role of President & CEO of Intego, the leading provider of Mac security software. Intego was acquired by Kape Software in 2018. Jeff currently provides CEO-level consulting and mentoring. Connect with him on LinkedIn.

Startup CEO

On Being a Startup CEO – Roles, Responsibilities and Priorities

What is the role of a startup CEO? What are the CEO’s responsibilities within the startup and what should be prioritized? The truth is, it depends.

Debt Capital

Alternatives to Venture Capital: Debt Capital vs. Private Equity [Infographic]

This article covers alternatives to venture capital for funding a startup and compares the pros and cons of choosing debt capital over private equity.

Company Valuation

How Startup Valuation Works and How a Company Valuation Affects Financing

This article covers how startup valuation works, how you should be thinking about valuation in general and what it means for you now and down the road.

How to Raise a Series A Round from Venture Capital Investors

How to Raise a Series A Round from Venture Capital Investors

Raising a series A round of funding from venture capital investors is a long and stressful process, but if your startup needs funding, this is what you can expect.

How to Raise Money Angel Investors

How to Pitch to Investors and Raise Angel Money

Part 5 in our series on how to think about your startup at different stages of growth discusses how to pitch investors and raise angel money.

What is Seed Money

What is Seed Money and How to Find Angel Investors

Part 4 in our series on how to think about your startup at different stages of growth explains what seed money is and how to find angel investors.

how to raise capital for startup team building

Strategies for Raising Capital to Build a Startup Team

In the early stages of growth, companies must consider different strategies for raising capital to build a startup team and compensate employees.

When to Hire Your First Employee

When to Hire Your First Employee (And Who to Hire First)

There are several sets of questions that face every startup entrepreneur in the early days of their business adventure, including "How do I know when it's time to hire my first employee?" Here we explore when and who to hire first, their role, and what your team should focus on in the beginning stages of your startups growth.