The Dating Game: Preparing Your Investor Pitch

by / ⠀Entrepreneurship Funding Startup Advice / November 24, 2013

Maybe you’re still immersed in the dating scene. Perhaps you haven’t ventured into that realm for more than 20 years. Either way, if you’re getting ready to pitch investors on your company, you need to practice your wooing skills. Linking up with investors requires you to impress, and there isn’t much difference between a bad pickup line and a poorly formulated investment pitch. Here’s how to make your…

Course: Raising Money for Startups

by / ⠀Startup Advice / April 19, 2012

Looking to raise money for your company? It’s a common obstacle for many business owners who need capital to either get off the ground or to expand what they currently have going. This is exactly what entrepreneur & investor, Naval Ravikant wants to help you with in his course for startups. Who is Naval Ravikant? He was a co-founder at Genoa Corp (acquired by Finisar), Epinions.com (IPO via…

Stop Pitching! It’s’ NOT Genuine

by / ⠀Funding Startup Advice / February 17, 2012

I’m really sick of these startup pitches. Their businesses are usually miles apart, but listening to their pitches make them sound all the same. It’s so damn generic! “So… how do we solve this?” “With out us…users…would be lost…” “We help grow online communities…to reach their full, potential” “This is a $500…million dollar market…If we reach…10% of this market, we’ll be successful” “Our Team consists of myself…I have…

Nail the Investor Pitch: Image, Presentation and Content

by / ⠀Funding Startup Advice / January 26, 2012

You have to be very clear about what type of business you are. One flaw that a lot of potential entrepreneurs display is that of lacking investor empathy – they do not understand what a business investor is looking for. Often, Business Angels will have specialization and experience within one or two industries, as it is rare to find a jack of all trades – why invest in something…

Perfect Pitch: 6 Tips You Can Learn from Student Pitch Competitions

by / ⠀Startup Advice / January 19, 2012

We’ve all seen those embarrassingly bad singers, the ones who’ve never heard of the concept of “perfect pitch.”  They’re off-key for 80% of their performance, and they have a tendency to shriek as they hit high notes.  We cringe as they launch into their awful rendition of “Livin’ on a Prayer,” hoping someone will end their misery…and ours. Unfortunately, people with bad pitch are rarely ever told of…

How to Overcome Those Doubtful Looks—Your Advantages and How to Use Them

by / ⠀Funding Startup Advice / July 24, 2011

By now you know that in order to create a successful business you will most likely need investors to help your new company get off the ground. The quality of your idea is your backbone to success, but there are other ways to get investors interested. You may initially be concerned that your age will be a problem, but believe it or not, being younger can be a…

How to Deliver a Killer Elevator Pitch

by / ⠀Startup Advice / November 18, 2010

The elevator pitch is one of the most important elements in starting your business successfully. Picture this: you are searching for funding for your new business, taking an elevator from a big meeting when in walks Donald Trump. What do you do? Do you freeze up when he asks you what you are doing here or do you nail him with a perfect pitch, snag his business card…

Finding an Investor Starts With Finding Yourself As a Startup, an Entrepreneur, a Person

by / ⠀Startup Advice / May 27, 2010

Entrepreneurs must WANT to succeed rather than NEED to. Enough pressure exists without this added weight. Passion is a trait to be demonstrated and not serve as a talking point, when speaking with and presenting to investors how one presents, deports themselves are just as important as the substance and content of the presentation. The process of finding the right startup and the right investor is much like…

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