Startups are a Contact Sport

A great team is critically important for all start up ventures.It wasn’t long into my first startup that my mentor Andy van Dam offered those five words – “Startups are a Contact Sport”. At the time, he attributed them to Bill Poduska, who had started 4 or 5 very successful companies including Prime Computer, Apollo, and Stellar. After living in the tech growth and startup ecosystem the past 25 years, there isn’t a week that goes by when those words don’t resonate and ring true.