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Frank Rotman

Web2 companies start with product. Web3 companies start with community.Why building community first is a powerful strategy: 🧵👇

April 7, 2022

Frank Rotman

Do you want to know a secret about Board meetings?

The secret: They aren’t unique!

Seasoned Board Members discover that Board meetings fall into very distinct categories.

What follows is a classification framework and a few insightful nuggets (including a soundtrack).

August 23, 2021

Frank Rotman

Most successful startups find product-market fit by doing a single thing better or cheaper than other available options. But most startups struggle to crack the code on additional products.

Here are 5 common fallacies to avoid if you want to expand beyond a wedge product:

August 4, 2021

Frank Rotman

After months of hard work you’ve managed to raise a comfortable amount of new of capital for your #startup. Now what?

A simple thread for Founders and VCs about shifting from a “need to raise” to a “need to prove” mindset.

July 19, 2021

Frank Rotman

If you want to constantly produce top quartile returns, you have to find at least one “return the fund” (RTF) investment every fund.

Here’s a simple exercise that’s helped me spot 1-2 RTFs every fund:

July 16, 2021

Frank Rotman

"There are only two ways to make money in business. One is to bundle and the other is to unbundle."

A thread on this powerful but very mis-understood concept:

July 14, 2021

Frank Rotman

This may sound funny but I actually have a favorite business model.

We all know that the goal of business is to sell a good/service at a higher price than it costs to manufacture and distribute.

My favorite business model is designed to do this extremely well. 👇🤯

June 25, 2021

Frank Rotman

When a #startup that I’m advising wants to raise money in the near future, I always ask them the question: “Are there any asterisks?” By this I mean, are there any counter-factual results that will have to be explained in diligence. This matters A LOT. A 🧵👇

May 21, 2021

Frank Rotman

A common question Founders struggle with is “how to monetize”. Founders have strong thoughts on the product/service they want to build, but many are baffled when it comes to determining the best way of building a highly profitable business. A framework that might help:

May 12, 2021