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  • Some Seriously Great News. No, Seriously …

    Some Seriously Great News. No, Seriously …

    Some Seriously Great News. No, Seriously …Exactly six years ago today I received an email from my friend Ynon Kreiz introducing me to Andrew Stalbow and Petri Järvilehto. Ynon had been the CEO of Maker Studios and I trust his opinion a great deal…
    - 19 days ago, 27 Aug 19, 1:05am -
  • Announcing Projector — A Startup I’ve Been Excited to Tell You About for Years

    Announcing Projector — A Startup I’ve Been Excited to Tell You About for Years

    Announcing Projector — A Startup I’ve Been Excited to Tell You About for YearsA few years ago I spent time in prison with Trevor O’Brien, the founder of Projector. Yes, I always imagined announcing the company that way. We were of course t…
    - 22 May 19, 12:04pm -
  • Managing Your Startup Board — A Short Presentation

    Managing Your Startup Board — A Short Presentation

    Managing Your Startup Board — A Short PresentationI was invited to do a keynote presentation at the Khosla Ventures CEO Summit this week in Sausalito. It was an amazing gathering of some of the most ambitious early-stage CEO’s looking to make…
    - 21 May 19, 8:25pm -
  • My Commencement Speech — Life at Your Crossroads

    My Commencement Speech — Life at Your Crossroads

    My Commencement Speech — Life at Your CrossroadsPhoto by Justin Luebke on UnsplashCrossroadsCal Poly Pomona! What’s up!?! I’m so grateful to be up here addressing you today. Today you’re either here to graduate or support somebody gradua…
    - 20 May 19, 2:05am -
  • The Truth About the Scooter Economy — An Insider’s Perspective

    The Truth About the Scooter Economy — An Insider’s Perspective

    The Truth About the Scooter Economy — An Insider’s Perspective“Bird Zero” that are custom designed by the companyThere is a story arc of the electric scooter market that took the world by storm in 2018, was second-guessed late in the yea…
    - 19 Apr 19, 1:41pm -
  • Why You Can’t Get Serious About Productivity Unless You Optimize How Your People Use Your Space

    Why You Can’t Get Serious About Productivity Unless You Optimize How Your People Use Your Space

    I fund startups for a living and before that I ran two software startups that I founded. I’ve spent countless hours looking at historical finances, budgets, forecasts and future projections. With a standard tech startup I can tell you in my sleep t…
    - 9 Apr 19, 8:11pm -
  • One Simple Way to Eliminate Distractions in a Board Meeting

    One Simple Way to Eliminate Distractions in a Board Meeting

    Photo by ROBIN WORRALL on UnsplashSeveral members of your executive taken hours to prepare board materials so that you can inform your board of how things have gone since you last met 3 months ago and you have 3 hours together to make sure they have…
    - 23 Mar 19, 9:25pm -
  • How to Run an Effective Networking Dinner

    How to Run an Effective Networking Dinner

    Photo by Juliette F on UnsplashNetworking is a critical part of relationship building and there is no event more valuable to building relationships than the proverbial “breaking of bread” with people. I personally run many group lunches & dinner…
    - 11 Mar 19, 10:36pm -
  • How to Stop Your Board Meeting from Going Down a Rat Hole

    How to Stop Your Board Meeting from Going Down a Rat Hole

    Photo by Filipe Delgado from PexelsWe’ve all been in meetings that get off track — sinking ever down the proverbial “rat hole,” from which rescue feels impossible. How does it happen? And how can you avoid it?This is part of a series on…
    - 28 Feb 19, 9:58pm -
  • How to Prepare for a Board Meeting to Make Sure you Crush It

    How to Prepare for a Board Meeting to Make Sure you Crush It

    Most board meetings are administrative updates that accomplish very little other than inform board members about the performance of the company since the last board meeting.That’s certainly one function of every board but if your board is your “…
    - 27 Feb 19, 7:55pm -

Financing for Food

  • newTrump + shrooms = ???

    Trump + shrooms = ???

    Every time I remember that this petition existed I laugh out loud, because the first time I saw it (and for MONTHS afterward!) I interpreted it to mean, “…until he realizes that each of us is a mushroom.” I finally figured it out.
    - 16 hours ago, 14 Sep 19, 8:08pm -
  • new“…all I want is to help others feel a bit better about being.” -Brittany Howard
    I suppose all I want is to help others feel a bit better about being. All I can offer are my own stories in hopes of not only being seen and understood, but also to learn to love my own self as if it were an act of resistance. Resisting that annoying…
    - 16 hours ago, 14 Sep 19, 7:53pm -
  • How to charge on a sliding scale

    How to charge on a sliding scale

    I don’t think I’ve mentioned lately how much I love Hadassah Damien, curator / writer / technologist / activist and “femme punk big sister of financial real talk” over at Ride Free Fearless Money. One of the coolest things on her site is a re…
    - 8 days ago, 7 Sep 19, 11:26pm -
  • Examples of change from Milarepa
    I’ve been appreciating this doorway through which to ponder the transitory nature of life: More about Milarepa More on the context of this particular performance, and the origin of this particular arrangement
    - 8 days ago, 7 Sep 19, 10:03pm -
  • Singing Spring in the Pacific Northwest and New Zealand
    Spring in West Marin — and the Pacific Northwest in general — always meant the return of Swainson’s Thrush singing their hearts out: One of the things about moving a significant distance from the plants and animals I’m so familiar with is tha…
    - 11 days ago, 4 Sep 19, 2:31am -
  • Mary Oliver’s poem The Summer Day + the four reminders
    Here’s another attempt to paraphrase the four reminders, aka the four mind-turning Reflections, into my own words: It’s a pretty unique and awesome thing to be born a human being; We don’t live forever; What we think and do affects our experien…
    - 18 days ago, 28 Aug 19, 5:04am -
  • Timbuktu
    Timbuktu is a beautiful, beautiful, beautiful film from director Abderrahmane Sissako. Set in Mali, it is beautiful for the eyes, beautiful for the ears, and beautiful for the heart. Timely, compassionate, thought-provoking. I highly recommend it to…
    - 28 days ago, 18 Aug 19, 9:18pm -
  • (My other) Scott is back: an ode to my favorite business pundit

    (My other) Scott is back: an ode to my favorite business pundit

    My commitment to television is poor. The notable exception was with Game of Thrones, though even then my attention was spotty: I watched a few episodes of seasons 1-2, binge-watched every episode from seasons 3-5 over 3 weeks to get caught up in time…
    - 36 days ago, 10 Aug 19, 2:19am -
  • Four reminders in two songs

    Four reminders in two songs

    As I get deeper into my Buddhist studies, I’m increasingly seeing things through the lens of its teachings. While I have no interest in claiming anything as “Buddhist” when I notice resonance, I do feel a bit like the proverbial little boy who,…
    - 37 days ago, 9 Aug 19, 7:56pm -
  • I Love Lizzo

    I Love Lizzo

    Feeling the same kind of way about Lizzo that I did when I discovered Janelle Monae’s Pink and then some. Hat tip to Mitra Jouhari on The Creative Independent for turning me on to this wonder. Oh, to be this positive! Juice mantra: If I’m shining…
    - 63 days ago, 14 Jul 19, 6:43pm -

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  • Smart Reasons to Use Business Credit Cards

    Smart Reasons to Use Business Credit Cards

    Whether you’re a startup or you run an established brand, a business credit card is essential for the financial well being. A business credit card is much more than a way to pay for your business purchases. It is a convenient mode for entrepreneur…
    - 3 days ago, 12 Sep 19, 4:45pm -
  • How To Attract Top Talent To Your Business Startup?

    How To Attract Top Talent To Your Business Startup?

    Finding and securing top job candidates for your business startup is more important now than ever. You are competing against a variety of companies for the same potential employees,and job seekers have the upper hand in who they choose to work with.…
    - 9 days ago, 6 Sep 19, 1:21pm -
  • Business Credit Card vs. Business Loan: How to Choose?

    Business Credit Card vs. Business Loan: How to Choose?

    If you have long been looking for business funds, the multiple business financing options must have overwhelmed you. Many entrepreneurs don’t want to involve outside investors to raise capital for their lean startups to avoid entailing risks such…
    - 17 days ago, 29 Aug 19, 9:00am -
  • What Sets a Small Business Apart from a Large Business?

    What Sets a Small Business Apart from a Large Business?

    You probably hear terms like ‘small business’ and ‘large business’ quite commonly whether you are looking for software solutions, investment opportunities or something else. Sometimes, it can be difficult for business owners to figure out if…
    - 20 days ago, 26 Aug 19, 10:36am -
  • What Normally Causes Banks to Reject Small Business Loans?

    What Normally Causes Banks to Reject Small Business Loans?

    Whether you are a small or a large one, you will need a loan at the start to finance your marketing efforts and operations. It is not that difficult for large businesses to get loans from banks because most lending institutions are more than willing…
    - 23 days ago, 23 Aug 19, 10:27am -
  • Here Is What Small Business Owners Should Know about Angel Investors

    Here Is What Small Business Owners Should Know about Angel Investors

    When you have a small business, and you are serious about its growth and expansion, you have to use every option available to you to get the funds you need. In some cases, venture capitalists are not really a good fit for funding the startup or smal…
    - 24 days ago, 22 Aug 19, 9:12am -
  • Does the Business Credit Card Affect Personal Credit Scores?

    Does the Business Credit Card Affect Personal Credit Scores?

    If you are trying to keep your startup finances separate from personal finances, you might be disappointed.  It is because the effects of your business credit card often show up on your personal credit score. Even if your business faces hardship or…
    - 31 days ago, 15 Aug 19, 8:29am -
  • The Importance of Disaster Preparedness for a Small Business

    The Importance of Disaster Preparedness for a Small Business

    Any business, whether small or big, faces many challenges and some of the biggest challenges are in the shape of disasters, especially the natural ones. It does not matter which part of the world your business operates in; natural disasters are poss…
    - 37 days ago, 9 Aug 19, 8:09am -
  • Steps to Get Credit report for Free

    Steps to Get Credit report for Free

    A credit report is typically a financial report. If you have ever used a credit card or requested a loan, your bank evaluates credentials through your credit report. From the number of credit cards you’ve used in past, payment details, money that…
    - 45 days ago, 1 Aug 19, 12:07pm -
  • How to Form The Culture Of Your Business Startup

    How to Form The Culture Of Your Business Startup

    Right from the very beginning of your business startup’s formation, you have already begun to create its corporate culture. Whether you have taken an active role in shaping it or allowed it to organically develop, your corporate culture becomes a p…
    - 51 days ago, 26 Jul 19, 10:22am -

InvestorPitches

  • Is it too early to brand?
    By Deb Gabor I hear one question from business owners all the time: “When should we brand?” My answer is always the same: “Early, often, and always.” Branding is not optional, and the risks of not taking it seriously are very real. Your custo…
    - 6 Jul 16, 4:58pm -
  • Decks that changed the world
    It’s important for anybody preparing to pitch to investors to absorb the lessons of those who have gone before. Why not pattern your pitch after some of the most successful in history? Take a look at some of the pitch decks heard ’round the worl…
    - 9 May 16, 3:18pm -
  • Startup Archetypes: what you’re trying to accomplish shapes your story

    Startup Archetypes: what you’re trying to accomplish shapes your story

    A compelling story is the most important element of your pitch to investors. Just like fictional stories, startup stories often fall into broad archetypal categories. These categories clarify your startup’s purpose to investors, customers, potentia…
    - 9 May 16, 2:59pm -
  • Every pitch tells a story
    Every investor pitch needs to tell the same basic story to signal to investors that their company represents a solid, safe, investment that will make them good returns. Each story needs to have these elements: Here’s a problem Many people/businesse…
    - 3 Mar 16, 5:10pm -
  • Sign up today: Sixty seconds to Success
    Get your tickets now! Deb Gabor’s session at General Assembly will sell out fast. Sixty Seconds to Success: Hacking the Elevator Pitch at General Assembly on February 1, 2016. Deb is the founder and president of Sol Marketing and is known as the In…
    - 4 Dec 15, 3:24pm -
  • 3 Lessons from SXSW Eco
    SXSW Eco might be less glamorous than its springtime cousin, but that doesn’t mean there is any less excitement in the sustainable startup community. Here are our top three takeaways from the startup showcase: Simplicity is still the key to a succe…
    - 23 Oct 13, 4:44pm -
  • [INFOGRAPHIC] Investor Pitch Archetypes

    [INFOGRAPHIC] Investor Pitch Archetypes


    - 20 Sep 13, 12:28pm -
  • One week left to vote!

    One week left to vote!

    Only one week left to vote for our panels for the 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival. Please create an ID {if you haven’t already} and give our panels a thumbs up: “Startup Branding Lessons from the Trenches” – This panel features Adam Lieb, C…
    - 30 Aug 13, 10:48am -
  • Vote for InvestorPitches.com in the SXSW PanelPicker

    Vote for InvestorPitches.com in the SXSW PanelPicker

    Can you believe we are already talking SXSWi 2014? The SXSW PanelPicker is now open for voting. We’ve submitted two panels for the 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival. Please register {if you haven’t already} and cast your vote for our panels: “Sta…
    - 19 Aug 13, 3:29pm -
  • Investor Pitches that Win on SlideShare
    Ever wonder how to win at your investor pitch? The basics on creating a winning investor pitch — with everything you do need and nothing you don’t. See our presentation on SlideShare. Investor Pitches That Win – Sol Marketing, Austin, TX from D…
    - 29 Jul 13, 3:00pm -

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