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.

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.

How to Start a Company

Starting a Company? Here’s What to Do First

Starting a company? There are many questions every startup entrepreneur will face in the early days of their business adventure. Typically the first question when starting a company is, “What do I do first?”

Miserable employees

3 Causes of a Miserable Job (and What to Do About Miserable Employees)

Let’s face it: being unhappy at work is, well, miserable. No job is perfect, but a happy, content employee can have a huge effect on your company — just as a miserable employee can have a huge negative effect. Here we cover what causes a miserable job and what you can do about unhappy employee's at work.

Team Results

Why Teams Fail, Part 5: Personal Status Can Kill a Results-Focused Workplace

Does your team have disparate goals? When employees are more focused on personal goals than team goals, it can kill a results-focused workplace. Here's why you should focus on team results.

Avoidance of Accountability in the Workplace

Why Teams Fail, Part 4: Avoidance of Accountability in the Workplace

What’s wrong with a team member not committing to the decision, you ask? It leads to the fourth reason why teams fail: avoidance of accountability. Here's how to prevent avoidance of accountability in the workplace.