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Steve barsh   web casual headshot   september 2014

7 Deadly Mistakes Most Startups Make and Exactly How To Fix Them

Steve Barsh
Managing Partner at Dreamit

Steve Barsh is a Managing Partner at Dreamit Ventures. Steve has over 30 years of experience starting, leading, launching, and building multinational companies as well as early-stage venture work. He has helped launch over 100 companies that have generated over $1B in enterprise value. He has extensive experience working with entrepreneurs, engineers, scientists and physicians on rapid identification and de-risking of critical make-or-break assumptions as well as shaping their companies along with guiding their early-stage venture rounds. Steve started his first company while he was graduating from college and sold that company seven years later to MCI where he went on to lead the combined division. He is a special advisor to NASA for their annual NASA Cross Industry Innovation Summit. Steve taught in the Wharton MBA program at the University of Pennsylvania and has a BS in Computer Science from the University of Michigan. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and two children.

Course Description:

Dreamit has accelerated and invested in more than 300 early-stage startups over ten years. In this session, Steve will cover the seven critical mistakes he sees startup make in their early years, including when they pitch to raise funds. He will explain the common mistakes, how to fix them, and leave you walking away with actionable tricks to avoid startup traps.

Attendees will leave this session with a better understanding of how to:


  • Become aware of the seven deadly mistakes startups make, before you make them yourself

  • Understand their biggest risks and assumptions and how to clearly articulate what they are and how to overcome them

  • Shape their story, explain their vision, and have credibility