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Capital Funding

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 →

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 →

What are company building skills and how do you get them?  

Why would a CEO who had previously managed a start up have an advantage over one who had not?  One reason is that he might have developed a unique set of “company building” skills.  These are an unheralded set of… Continue Reading →

The Fundable Startup Overview

Take a peek at the short video introduction for The Fundable Startup:

What’s Behind the Questions Investors Ask About a High Tech Startup Business Plan?

When you create a business plan slide package for your high tech startup, make sure you understand and answer the question that is really being asked.  It’s easy to “fill in the blanks” of a business plan outline without really… Continue Reading →

The Chickens and Eggs of High Tech Startups

“How to solve the most difficult ‘chicken and egg’ problem affecting startup company funding.” Building a high tech startup company involves working through multiple “chicken and egg” problems. The most overwhelming of these is, “I can’t get capital without an… Continue Reading →

Creating and Measuring Value For High Tech Startups

“The chief executive officer of a high tech startup company needs to know how the value of a company is measured and how to create value.” One of the purposes of a high tech startup company is too create value… Continue Reading →

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