Zach Ferres

Zach Ferres

CEO of Coplex

Zach Ferres is the CEO of Coplex, a startup studio and accelerator that works with noncoding founding teams to start software companies. He is also a founding partner at Coplex Ventures, the venture capital arm of Coplex..

 

 

 

How to Prevent Your Software Startup From Running out of Gas
Take It From The Pros

How to Prevent Your Software Startup From Running out of Gas

Finish your first iteration quickly, knowing that the most successful apps are a series of experiments -- and iterations.
Opportunity Doesn't Expire: A Guide to Ageless Entrepreneurship
Take It From The Pros

Opportunity Doesn't Expire: A Guide to Ageless Entrepreneurship

With 20-something co-founders becoming billionaires, you'll likely surmise that entrepreneurship is only a young person's game. But you'll be wrong.
Straight Talk: What a Lifelong Love of Poker Taught Me About Business
Managing Risk

Straight Talk: What a Lifelong Love of Poker Taught Me About Business

Poker is a high-wire act that any CEO could recognize. You're managing risk at all times, and you're making decisions based on insufficient information.
Seven Ways To Fund Your Startup On The Sly
Startup Funding

Seven Ways To Fund Your Startup On The Sly

The shiny gleam of easy VC funding blinds many companies to reality. You might not qualify for or necessarily want this sort of investment.
The Startup Studio Effect: How Hollywood's Movie Model Applies to the Startup World
startup studio

The Startup Studio Effect: How Hollywood's Movie Model Applies to the Startup World

It's not that startup studios are better than accelerators; it's simply that accelerators leave a lot of opportunities on the table.
Eric Ries on 4 Common Misconceptions About Lean Startup
Startups

Eric Ries on 4 Common Misconceptions About Lean Startup

If you believe lean startup methods lead to "cheap" products and companies, or that lean startup companies don't think big, think again.
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Venture Capital (But Were Afraid to Ask)
Venture Capital

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Venture Capital (But Were Afraid to Ask)

VC sounds appealing, but is it for you? Here's what you need to know to navigate a "typical'" series of fundraising rounds.
4 Tactics to Help Your Company Avoid the Top Startup Killer
Business Failure

4 Tactics to Help Your Company Avoid the Top Startup Killer

Startups fail for a lot of reasons: a lack of money (duh), poor marketing, a pivot gone awry, legal challenges. But another, different reason tops the list year after year.
What the American Farm Can Teach Business Leaders About 'Sowing' Success
Take It From The Pros

What the American Farm Can Teach Business Leaders About 'Sowing' Success

When you're on a farm, do as the farmers do. When you're running a business, do what farmers do, too.
4 Culture-Building Lessons From Sam Walton's Legal Pad
Inspiring Your Team

4 Culture-Building Lessons From Sam Walton's Legal Pad

Company culture isn't built in a boardroom.
Don't Uberize, Strategize! 3 Steps to a Better Business Model.
Take It From The Pros

Don't Uberize, Strategize! 3 Steps to a Better Business Model.

Want to shake up your industry? Avoid the pitfalls of the the 1-size-fits-all 'Uber for X' approach.
Three Lessons This American Entrepreneur Learned From Dubai's Startup Scene
Entrepreneur Ecosystems

Three Lessons This American Entrepreneur Learned From Dubai's Startup Scene

Entrepreneurs who think Uncle Sam has the most tricks under his hat have likely overlooked the financial incentives and talent diversity of the UAE.
Don't Let 'Stealth Mode' Sink Your Startup
Marketing

Don't Let 'Stealth Mode' Sink Your Startup

If you want investors, partners or customers to notice you, they have to know you exist.
What Sears Taught Amazon About Business
Disruption

What Sears Taught Amazon About Business

Sears' 1800s innovations and market disruption model are still at the core of retail behaviors today. Retail companies would be wise to study this history.
3 Lessons Entrepreneurs Can Learn From NASA About Organizational Design
Teamwork

3 Lessons Entrepreneurs Can Learn From NASA About Organizational Design

How to transform a disconnected pack of competitive employees into a single, unified team to accomplish the extraordinary.
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