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Firas Raouf
Works at [N]squared Advisory
Attended Northeastern University, Dartmouth College
Lives in Boston USA
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On agility, marathons, and marketing ...
Being a planner is a great trait. But even the most effective planners need to be flexible. See how my marathon training can help you be an agile marketer.
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Not all CEOs are created equally. Here's what some of the best have in common.
What sets truly great CEOs apart? A collection of founders, CEOs, and VCs describe seven things that the best strive to do day in and day out.
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You're obviously going to pay them well and match other offers but +Paul Price shares three ways to hire and retain great engineers - great post! #recruiting  
Here’s something you may already know: Recruiting and retaining top tech talent can be extremely difficult. Why? What software engineers care about doesn’t always align with other employees’ top priorities.
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Need a good candidate? Consider hiring a veteran!
When it comes to hiring sales reps or business development reps (BDRs), hiring veterans could be the way to go. Here are three characteristics that make them perfect for the role.
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VCs are investing in fewer, bigger companies. Why?
On the whole, VCs are investing in fewer, bigger companies. What's behind this surprising venture capital trend, and will the industry continue to swim upstream?
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That's good to know. There's hope for our company afterall! :)
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Has your company begun to utilize some of the talent management technologies here?
This second post in my series on tech trends in HR highlights several ways companies are experimenting with employee productivity innovation.
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Tips for maintaining balance when our work computers come home with us and we get emails delivered to the palm of our hands.
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Lessons from Morocco about employee loyalty and business success.
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Big company or startup? The great tie vs. t-shirt debate ...
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So, your company has good customer service. But does that really mean you’ve built a customer-centric organization? Video featuring Ted Hoy of +AtTask.
So, your company has good customer service. But does that really mean you’ve built a customer-centric organization?
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VCs are investing in fewer, bigger companies. Why?
On the whole, VCs are investing in fewer, bigger companies. What's behind this surprising venture capital trend, and will the industry continue to swim upstream?
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Ready for #VC funding? Here are three things you need to do before taking the idea to your board. 
Have you had the VC discussion with your board of directors? Before you do, read these tips for how to — and how not to — pitch raising capital.
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887 people
Dave Fleming's profile photo
Amy Scott Grant's profile photo
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Software Startup Mentor, Former Venture Capitalist, Business Advisor at [N]squared Advisory
Skills
Software startup operations, VC funding, founding CEO mentor, senior management, strategic planning, segmentation strategy
Employment
  • [N]squared Advisory
    Founder, 2013 - present
    [N]squared’s mission is To help non-US early-stage B2B software companies become high value ventures by developing and executing their US market entry and growth strategies.
  • OpenView Venture Partners
    Partner, 2006 - 2013
    Firas is a founding member of OpenView Venture Partners and is a member of both the Investment and Operating Committees. Firas, once a startup and expansion stage executive himself, enjoys mentoring early stage CEOs as they navigate the challenges of building and scaling their businesses. Firas is actively involved as a board member with several of OpenView’s portfolio companies and says his favorite thing about working with them is the ability to interact with incredible talent and learn from their modern challenges.
  • Eli Lilly, Booz Allen & Hamilton, eEye Digital Security, Insight Venture Partners
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Boston USA
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Middle East - New York, Baghdad, Cairo, Beirut, Amman, Boston, Hanover NH, Indianapolis, New Orleans, Laguna Beach CA
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I help non-US early-stage B2B software companies become high value ventures by developing and executing their US market entry and growth strategies.
Introduction
I help non-US based tech startups get established in the US. I do this by providing hands-on support with building company operations in the US, including transitioning the headquarters and founders. My engagements cover the spectrum of intense hands-on operational support to the more typical advisory role as an independent board member.

Why I Founded [N]Squared

In my eight years as an investor at OpenView, I ran into many exciting companies based outside the US. Most of these companies were looking to enter the US, but had little experience doing so. Everyone knows that starting a tech company is quite daunting. What is more daunting is starting a company outside the US, and then having to go through another startup experience bringing it to the US. 

It occurred to me that what these tech startups need is the operational support to get the US team started, more so than an investment from a US investor. And so I decided to spin out of OpenView and [N]squared was born.


So how did I get here?

In late 2005, I took off my entrepreneur hat to become a VC as a founding member of OpenView Venture Partners. I invested in seven companies, all early expansion stage B2B software companies. Playing the role of the investor gave me deep and broad experiences in funding and growing software companies. As an investor, I spent 99% of my time working with my CEOs on helping them grow their companies. And with each investment, and with each day, I've learned more and more about the do's and don'ts of running and scaling a software company.

Prior to OpenView was a five year startup experience as co-founder and COO of three ventures (eHook, eCompany, and eEye Digital Security). These years in the startup trenches gave me massive insights to how companies are started and grown.
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  • Northeastern University, Dartmouth College
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