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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…
    - 58 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…
    - 59 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…
    - 60 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…
    - 91 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…
    - 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 -
  • 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…
    - 25 Feb 19, 11:46pm -

Financing for Food

  • 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…
    - 5 days ago, 14 Jul 19, 6:43pm -
  • More than one way to write a story

    More than one way to write a story

    You may have seen Mandy Len Catron’s recent article, What You Lose When You Gain a Spouse. I share the author’s experience that many of the costs associated with marriage ring true for those of us who are partnered-and-co-habitating, if not actua…
    - 5 days ago, 14 Jul 19, 6:08am -
  • 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…
    - 4 Mar 19, 12:39am -
  • Interwoven

    Interwoven

      I found this lovely weaving/drawing/metaphor here
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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 -

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  • newEasy Steps to Improve Your Credit Rating

    Easy Steps to Improve Your Credit Rating

    Bad scores, without a doubt, can be costly and stressful. Itis the poor financial decisions such as auto loan, mortgage plan, low balance,or overspending is what may affect your credit scores.  Building good credit scores is one way youcan do…
    - 1 hour ago, 19 Jul 19, 9:11am -
  • These Are the Reasons You Are Struggling With Sales

    These Are the Reasons You Are Struggling With Sales

    Converting sales is a difficult task for any business but for some, it’s much harder. Whether you’re a B2C or B2B company, your sales team works tirelessly to reach their quota and help the business achieve its goals. However, no matter how hard…
    - 4 days ago, 15 Jul 19, 2:14pm -
  • How to Avoid Financial Problems for Your Startup?

    How to Avoid Financial Problems for Your Startup?

    There is no denying that starting your own business in an established niche is exhilarating. However, at the same time, you cannot eliminate the risk factors involved. As a startup, you have to deal with a plethora of problems, with an endless st…
    - 14 days ago, 5 Jul 19, 9:33am -
  • 4 Ways to Protect Your System from Malware

    4 Ways to Protect Your System from Malware

    For a business, the benefits of going digital are immense and hard to miss out on, especially if it intends to surpass competitors. However, every business is susceptible to a few drawbacks that come along with going digital, like ransomware and malw…
    - 21 days ago, 28 Jun 19, 11:56am -
  • Automation: The Risk to Financial Jobs

    Automation: The Risk to Financial Jobs

    Suppose it is 2030, and you’re teaching in a business school. What will be your reaction to seeing just a handful of learners attending your class?Well, it must be disappointing, but it has nothing do with your pedagogical skill, nor it’s about…
    - 29 days ago, 20 Jun 19, 8:07am -
  • Do you have enough reserve money for your business?

    Do you have enough reserve money for your business?

    It is common for entrepreneurs and new business persons to have very high expectations of their businesses in the beginning. They are often excited about how they will uniquely market the business and provide customers with something they have not t…
    - 39 days ago, 10 Jun 19, 10:45am -
  • What’s ERP Software and Why Do You Need One?

    What’s ERP Software and Why Do You Need One?

    With the rapid growth in technologies, the ERP software market may cross $41.69 billion in profit by 2020. The statistics are enough to demonstrate the impact of this technology on businesses. This figure is undeniably impressive and reflects how imp…
    - 42 days ago, 7 Jun 19, 3:29pm -
  • How To Keep Cash Flow Positive As A Business Startup

    How To Keep Cash Flow Positive As A Business Startup

    One of the biggest challenges for any business startup is the ability to have positive cash flow at all times throughout the year. When times get lean,and profits go down, you can feel a pinch in your working capital and need a way to build these mo…
    - 46 days ago, 3 Jun 19, 12:31pm -
  • Ways To Secure Venture Capital for Your Business Startup

    Ways To Secure Venture Capital for Your Business Startup

    For most business startup owners, one of the most difficult aspects of their job is the task of securing venture capital. And while there are many available sources of funds out there, we have to realize that there are also a huge number of business…
    - 47 days ago, 2 Jun 19, 11:42am -
  • 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…
    - 57 days ago, 23 May 19, 1:30pm -

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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  • 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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