How Long Should My Investor Pitch Be?

Have an elevator pitch – a 30 second version of your company in a way everyone will understand it. It needs to be specific and come across in less than a minute. For investor pitches it’s hard to address critical… Continue Reading →

How Much Stock Should I Share with Management Teams?

Initial implementation team. No easy answer. Negotiate. Make a list of the people who will be involved in implementing the initial product offering, factoring in contributions in the past and the future. Weight future performance higher. Everyone needs to understand… Continue Reading →

Compete for $$

Venture Capitalists see the best deals. You are not only competing against other good ideas but also successful experienced management teams. If you have a great idea and an experienced CEO, go for it. Otherwise build your team, attract the… Continue Reading →

Where to Find Investors

Venture capital and angel money is out there! Search within your geographic area on Google. There are also some directory listings such as the National Venture Capital Association. Locally the business journals might also have some listings. 

What An Investor Hears

It’s easy for a seasoned investor to determine if he’s talking to a seasoned track record CEO or a first time CEO who is learning on the job. Examples include: “we have no competition”, “we only need 1% of the… Continue Reading →

Creating Successful Startups Special Event

Creating Successful Startups Connect with SoCal business leaders for a focus event and learn what it takes to create a successful startup. A Focus Event with: Michael Sawitz, Chief Enthusiasm Officer at FastStart.Studio and Director Tech Coast Venture Network and Fred… Continue Reading →

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The Fundable Startup: How Disruptive Companies Attract Capital is now available for pre-order on Amazon at a discount! Reserve your copy today!

Build Your Team

Unless you are self funding the business or have friends and family giving you a “loan”, you might have to build your business team without money. So you’ll probably want to use stock options and give up some ownership in… Continue Reading →

The Void Between Angel Investors and Venture Capitalists

Over the past 30 years or so, venture capital firm’s have become larger and larger and various angel groups have been formed, supposedly, to fill the void.  But have they? Having been on both sides of the table, as a… Continue Reading →

What Venture Capitalists Hear

Venture capitalists have an easier time than you might imagine distinguishing between experienced CEOs and first-timers.  It has a lot to do with the “language” a presenter is speaking.  Here are some examples: “Our technology is so compelling it speaks… Continue Reading →

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