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How I Pitched Mark Cuban My Business Idea Without Ever Going on ‘Shark Tank’

by / ⠀Blog / August 8, 2016

Back in late 2011, I got the opportunity to pitch Mark Cuban. I was just a student at the time, at Howard University, and cofounder of a company — no longer existent — called My College Hustle, a bartering platform for college students. Hoping to grab a $25,000 prize, my business partner Edward Lyles and I participated in a Shark Tank-style competition, in New York, that actually predated…

Pitching Part 2: How To Be Confident!

by / ⠀Blog Startup Advice / February 23, 2012

I really like demonstrating through example’s rather than just saying do X and X and you’ll win. I like providing some background. When you tell someone to do something, 50/50 they’ll do it. When you give people a compelling reason why they should do it, 100% they’ll do it. Gaining confidence and getting over pitch anxiety seems like the question I should answer in this post. How do I get…

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…

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