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  • 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…
    - 4 days ago, 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…
    - 5 days ago, 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…
    - 6 days ago, 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…
    - 37 days ago, 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…
    - 47 days ago, 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…
    - 64 days ago, 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…
    - 76 days ago, 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…
    - 87 days ago, 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 “…
    - 88 days ago, 27 Feb 19, 7:55pm -
  • High Functioning vs. Low Functioning Startup Boards

    High Functioning vs. Low Functioning Startup Boards

    I’ve sat on many boards over the past 2 decades and seen my share of high-functioning boards and low-functioning boards. Here are some observations I have from this exposure:If a company moves from strength-to-strength with predictable outcomes, ea…
    - 89 days ago, 25 Feb 19, 11:46pm -

Financing for Food

  • Body and Head Alone – two songs for the times from Julia Jacklin
    We went to see Julia Jacklin again last week. Afterward Scott remarked that there’s no way to write about something you appreciate without also reducing it and I know exactly what he means; what to do, though, when you want to share? Without furthe…
    - 83 days ago, 4 Mar 19, 12:39am -
  • Interwoven

    Interwoven

      I found this lovely weaving/drawing/metaphor here
    - 90 days ago, 25 Feb 19, 12:45am -
  • Fun fact: Auckland’s housing is even less affordable than San Francisco’s

    Fun fact: Auckland’s housing is even less affordable than San Francisco’s

    According to Demographia’s latest study (which I found quoted in The Guardian, so hopefully we’re not all spreading fake news), these were the least affordable major housing markets in the 3rd quarter of 2018*: Hong Kong Vancouver Sydney Melbourn…
    - 90 days ago, 25 Feb 19, 12:38am -
  • What does it mean to be a citizen?

    What does it mean to be a citizen?

    As I was writing my last post (about getting permanent residency in New Zealand), I ran across a timely article in The Atlantic: I loved the questions at the end: What does it mean to be a citizen? Is citizenship a kind of subscription service, to be…
    - 90 days ago, 25 Feb 19, 12:03am -
  • We are now officially permanent residents of New Zealand + some thoughts on global mobility

    We are now officially permanent residents of New Zealand + some thoughts on global mobility

    On the 20th of February, I got an email from Immigration New Zealand (INZ) informing me that they’d approved our application to become permanent residents. I’m super relieved as this was kind of hanging over us for a while, even though there was…
    - 90 days ago, 24 Feb 19, 11:40pm -
  • Road trips: 20s vs 30s vs 40s
    It’s been four and a half years since my last proper road trip. “Proper” as in just me and my car, plus the bare necessities required to cook and sleep wherever I happened to find myself. Most importantly, aside from one scheduled speaking gig,…
    - 2 Feb 19, 11:28pm -
  • Expensify this
    My day job, as you’ve probably noticed by now, involves making YouTube videos for a small business audience. At a small business software company. Expensify, another small business software company, just won that game with their Superbowl ad: When…
    - 2 Feb 19, 10:26pm -
  • We didn’t flood the new carpets / Why it pays to put due dates on your invoices
    Scott and I just spent about a week gradually moving out of our old rental and into a new one. The first order of business was replacing the carpets, a project we’d agreed to take on in exchange for not having to pay rent until the lease on our pre…
    - 2 Feb 19, 10:10pm -
  • How to raise money for your business – a couple presentations from the archives
    I recently discovered a couple recordings of talks I gave when I was in my Finance for Food prime, traveling throughout North America to give keynote presentations and teach workshops on raising money for food businesses. My book had already been out…
    - 10 Jan 19, 1:22am -
  • Why I didn’t go to Stanford

    Why I didn’t go to Stanford

    I wanted to start this story by stating that I didn’t have any interest in attending Stanford University in the first place, but that can’t be true. Why else would I have been there, surrounded by fellow students in a room much too small for the…
    - 3 Jan 19, 5:17pm -

FNO: Fundraising

Funded's Blog

  • What does it take to run an Online Business?

    What does it take to run an Online Business?

    Owning an online business allows you to work from anywhere you want.  All you need is to set flexible work hours and establish your online presence. Not only this, online businesses have significantly low startup costs and that is what makes it idea…
    - 3 days ago, 23 May 19, 1:30pm -
  • Expansion Pitfalls All Small Businesses Must Avoid

    Expansion Pitfalls All Small Businesses Must Avoid

    A great number of small business owners have a constant urge to expand. Of course, the mere idea of expanding and becoming a “big” business known to thousands and millions of people is fascinating. However, expansion is not all about finding a ne…
    - 11 days ago, 15 May 19, 8:38am -
  • What Is Factoring and Why You Should Consider It for Steady Cash Flow

    What Is Factoring and Why You Should Consider It for Steady Cash Flow

    Whether you are running a mid-sized company or a startup, your company requires working capital with fast financing and flexibility. Factoring companies, in this regard, provide you this needed cash flow. A factoring company typically takes on waiti…
    - 17 days ago, 9 May 19, 9:39am -
  • Understanding Venture Capitalists: How to Get Their Attention… And Approval
    It might be surprising, but a lot of venture capitalists understand the situation of would-be entrepreneurs who are looking for investors who will finance their startups. The reason for this is simple: these people who now have millions of venture ca…
    - 20 days ago, 6 May 19, 8:27am -
  • How New Office Layouts Boost Productivity?

    How New Office Layouts Boost Productivity?

    There is no denying that office layout is one of the significant contributing factors when it comes to improving business productivity. Helene Segura, a productivity consultant, stated that she has identified several issues with her clients related t…
    - 31 days ago, 25 Apr 19, 1:27pm -
  • The Challenges You Must Overcome to Turn Your Small Business into a Big Business

    The Challenges You Must Overcome to Turn Your Small Business into a Big Business

    You might have a small business today, but you don’t want that label for the life of your business. When entrepreneurs make endeavors, they are looking to create a business that will rule the world one day. However, every business has to face some…
    - 38 days ago, 18 Apr 19, 7:30am -
  • The Distributed Team and How It Can Benefit Your Company

    The Distributed Team and How It Can Benefit Your Company

    Distributed teams or distributed workforce is not a new concept for entrepreneurs. However, with dynamic technology, the business world underwent a revolution and with it the concept of distributed teams. Today, employees have a plethora of options…
    - 45 days ago, 11 Apr 19, 11:33am -
  • How to Hire a Professional Remote Employee

    How to Hire a Professional Remote Employee

    Commercialized use of technology is rapidly changing conventional operations across industries. Complete sectors, such as schools and offices, are taking a digital turn. Hence, the concept of remote workers is on the rise.Working remotely allows pro…
    - 58 days ago, 29 Mar 19, 12:24pm -
  • How Micro-influencers can Enhance Your Digital Marketing Strategy

    How Micro-influencers can Enhance Your Digital Marketing Strategy

    You do not need a million followers to become influential when it comes to promoting your business or brand. The concept of micro-influencers seems to have grown in popularity in the past few years. Micro-influencer marketing is gradually turning the…
    - 73 days ago, 14 Mar 19, 9:57am -
  • Why is ‘Quality Content’ Important for Your Business Growth?

    Why is ‘Quality Content’ Important for Your Business Growth?

    Business strategies have changed in the recent past and so have marketing strategies. Marketers are now more vigilant when it comes to applying innovative ideas in order to persuade potential customers. Similarly, analytical marketers are more incli…
    - 87 days ago, 28 Feb 19, 9:57am -

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 -

SBA: Blogs

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In The Lights PR
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The Equity Kicker

  • When to be lean

    When to be lean

    Ben Horowitz, founder of leading venture firm Andreessen Horowitz and a successful entrepreneur prior to that published a post over the weekend: The Case for the Fat Start-Up. In it he...
    - 6 Aug 18, 11:17am -
  • Founders: Don’t be too needy

    Founders: Don’t be too needy

    We all know that things get difficult when someone wants something too much. You might have had a needy boyfriend or girlfriend whose constant need for reaffirmation and over-reaction...
    - 4 Jun 18, 7:46am -
  • Investor optics: don’t let the tail wag the dog

    Investor optics: don’t let the tail wag the dog

    Earlier this week a friend was asking me whether her fundraising chances would be improved if she started generating revenues. She’s a natural salesperson and she’s wondering if having...
    - 29 May 18, 7:55am -
  • Metrics: A double edged sword

    Metrics: A double edged sword

    Let me start by saying that I’m a massive believer in the power of metrics. There’s an old adage that if you don’t measure something it doesn’t happen and...
    - 3 May 18, 7:49am -
  • Structured customer dev – not to be missed.

    Structured customer dev – not to be missed.

    In our experience, structured customer development work is right up there amongst the most valuable things a founder can do in the early days of their startup. Once you...
    - 26 Mar 18, 7:48am -
  • European tech: Which way to the exits?

    European tech: Which way to the exits?

    Max Niederhofer recently published this chart showing European exits. As you can see there’s been impressive growth in sub $100m exits, but the story with larger M&A exits and IPOs...
    - 19 Mar 18, 7:53am -
  • A new dawn for European VC

    A new dawn for European VC

    This week I’ve been at the SuperReturn/SuperVenture conference in Berlin. It’s the biggest European gathering of venture capital fund managers, private equity fund managers and LPs, the institutions that...
    - 5 Mar 18, 10:23am -
  • Software startups: Beware ‘magic’ bullets

    Software startups: Beware ‘magic’ bullets

    I just read ‘Need More Time’? Guideposts For Tech Founders Going To Market When No Market Exists which is full of great tips for what they call ‘pre-chasm’ enterprise startups. The...
    - 30 Jan 18, 9:17am -
  • As easy as… AI

    As easy as… AI

    Google is pushing hard to make artificial intelligence as easy to access as cloud computing, building services that reduce both costs and the technical skill required from users. To...
    - 26 Jan 18, 7:13am -
  • Sometimes best practice isn’t best

    Sometimes best practice isn’t best

    The blogosphere has transformed entrepreneurship. Twenty years ago there were precious few resources available for founders and most either had to find an advisor who had done it before...
    - 10 Jan 18, 12:03pm -

VentureBeat: Pitch

WSJ: Small Business Financing

  • Can You Afford to Hire?
    If the recent jobs report is any indication, the economy may be on its way up. But before you start hiring new workers, run the numbers to see if you can afford it.
    - 15 Aug 18, 2:00pm -
  • The Double Whammy of Bankruptcies
    Bankruptcy is an ordeal for executives at any business. But entrepreneurs' personal assets are in jeopardy along with their business.
    - 13 Aug 18, 2:41pm -
  • Goldman, Buffett Aid Small Business
    Goldman Sachs said it is launching a $500 million small-business assistance program that includes an advisory panel with billionaire investor Warren Buffett.
    - 13 Aug 18, 2:14pm -
  • Entrepreneurs Get Creative for Funding
    With venture capital scarce, small-business owners find alternative financing.
    - 13 Aug 18, 1:56pm -
  • Small Businesses Could Face New Credit Squeeze
    Business owners could face a new credit squeeze as early as next month, as two popular stimulus provisions expire before Obama's small-business lending plan ramps up.
    - 13 Aug 18, 1:43pm -
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