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Jeff Harbach

Jeff Harbach

Guest Writer / President and CEO of Kauffman Fellows

Jeff Harbach is president and CEO of Kauffman Fellows, and a fellow from the Class of '16. He  has been an entrepreneur and investor since 2002, and was executive director of the Central Texas Angel Network (CTAN), based out of Austin, TX, from 2011–2013. Harbach has led multiple startups, including a luxury furniture store and interior design firm, a golf destination club, two 7-Eleven stores and a private country club golf network. He was also an angel investor with the Vegas Valley Angels.

Pitching Investors

When Pitching Investors, Remember It's All About the Product

Rather than talking about the problem or the market, this investor would like to spend more time on the demo.
Entrepreneur Mindset

Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Good Entrepreneur? Hint: It's Not Something You're Born With.

Innovators are exceptional learners and have other soft skills that allow them to triumph over adversity and doubt.
Networking

Need a Network? Be Bold.

The tools are there for you to reach those who can help build your dream.
Masters of Scale

How to Build an Entrepreneurial Community

First decide where you want to live. Then build your company and your network.
Global Business

Why Many Founders Should Think Global From the Start

Envision your global expansion plans early to spot opportunities.
Fundraising

What It's Like For a VC Who Becomes an Entrepreneur

A VC switches sides, and reports back from the other side of the table.
Raising Capital

When Raising Capital For Your Business, Bigger Checks Are Not Always Better

For lots of smaller businesses, bootstrapping and micro-VC might be a better option.
Community

Successful Founders Understand the Value of Community

A network requires a concerted effort, but is well worth it
Midwest

Don't Forget the Fly-Over States

Founders will find vast opportunities if they locate near Midwestern hubs of industry.