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Venture Capital

How Startup Companies Should Compensate Their Advisors

How should a startup company compensate its advisors? This is a tricky question because there are no guidelines and most founders do not have experience in this area. But there are some general principles that can help you arrive at… Continue Reading →

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 →

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. 

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 →

Pre-Order The Fundable Startup

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

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

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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 →

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