Bait Your Hook; Catch a Winner from the Shark Tank

Three…that’s how many categories into which investors segment business ideas and the pitches by entrepreneurs. The first is that of “Market Maker”: think Bill Gates and Microsoft with the vision of putting “a computer on every desk and in every home” at a time when people didn’t have home computers. The second category is “Market Disruptor”: think Uber versus taxi cabs or Airbnb versus hotels and motels. Pitching a business in those categories is rare, as more than 85% of [...]

By |2021-07-08T14:35:51+00:00July 8th, 2021|0 Comments

Words Have Power: Concise Pitch Decks Pack More Punch

Every. Word. Counts. So does every second during your funding pitch to potential investors. On average, you’ve got less than three minutes to make your case before your audience gives a mental thumbs-up or thumbs-down on your business idea. Do the Math If you’re looking to raise $1 million in seed funding, a pitch deck with 10 slides averaging 55 words per slide puts the value of each word at $1,818. For $10 million in Series A funding, each word [...]

By |2021-06-01T17:36:18+00:00June 1st, 2021|0 Comments

Be Unique, Get Funded

Attracting investors to get your business funded is all about being unique, even if the product you’re presenting isn’t a new invention or innovation. Earlier this year, I highlighted 7 Factors for Startup Success based on the philosophies of Shark Tank star Mark Cuban. He believes that you need to find a way to make at least one aspect of your product or service uniquely your own. You can do so by thinking about the special characteristics your product will have, to whom you [...]

By |2021-05-06T18:41:06+00:00May 6th, 2021|0 Comments

Get Your Business Funded in 2021: A Look at Super Angels

The year (2020) that will be forever defined as the year of the Covid pandemic brought about significant upheaval and change in many areas of private and professional life across the globe. It also sparked tremendous shifts in the start-up investment world. One class of investors emerging is what we call “Super Angels”. What Are Super Angels? Super Angels in the business investment world are best described as a hybrid between traditional angel investors and venture capitalists. They tend to [...]

By |2021-02-12T11:40:10+00:00February 12th, 2021|0 Comments

Mark Cuban’s Beatitudes: 7 Factors for Startup Success

Shark Tank star Mark Cuban has been a startup investor and serial entrepreneur since his teenage years selling garbage bags, creating chain letters, offering dance lessons, and even running newspapers from Cleveland to Pittsburgh during a strike of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Mr. Cuban is ranked #177 on the Forbes 400 list for 2020 with an estimated $4.3B in net worth. Anyone who has listened to Mark knows that he has a lot to say and has very strong opinions on [...]

By |2021-01-06T16:50:30+00:00January 6th, 2021|0 Comments

2021: The Year to Get Funded

RIP Tony Hsieh. This article is dedicated to you and the inspiration you provided to me and so many entrepreneurs, helping us to put our passion and focus into the vision and values that led us to our start-up dreams. The investors and the funding are out there! $69.1 billion! That’s how much has been raised by entrepreneurs in venture capital funding in the US so far in 2020 according to VC, PE and M&A news outlet PitchBook. This figure [...]

By |2020-12-14T13:26:06+00:00December 14th, 2020|0 Comments

How Far Will You Go to Get Funded?

Entrepreneurs are going to extremes to make themselves memorable to investors. Earlier this spring, at the beginning of the pandemic in the US, I published articles on creating and delivering a digital investor pitch (“Now’s the Time to Get Your Business Funded: Coronavirus Edition”) and on featuring the sustainability of your business in any market (“Pandemic-Proof Your Funding Pitch Deck”). Some of my contacts have shared how great the advice in those articles was, but were struggling to get the [...]

By |2020-10-16T09:51:06+00:00October 16th, 2020|0 Comments

5 Keys to Convince Investors Your Product Can Make Money

Even if you’re too young (or too old?) to know where the line “show me the money!” comes from, everyone knows the phrase “follow the money”. When it comes to attracting investors and getting them on board with your vision, it’s all about the money potential. Many entrepreneurs, especially in the tech field, are under the mistaken impression that it’s all about the product. If the product is sexy, fresh, or disruptive, investors will be falling over themselves to put [...]

By |2020-09-09T18:04:11+00:00September 9th, 2020|0 Comments

Now’s the Time to Get Funded: Coronavirus Edition

Preparing for Funding Digitally During COVID-19 In times of uncertainty, most people crawl back into a protective shell, trying to hunker down until the perceived threat passes by. Despite the growing public health crisis caused by the Coronavirus outbreak, savvy investors are still looking for great investment opportunities. When investors consider where (and with whom) to invest their money, they are not looking for “most people”. They want the best, the brightest, and the boldest. What better time to let [...]

By |2020-03-24T17:28:41+00:00March 24th, 2020|0 Comments

Is Your Fundraising Story Epic? Blueprint: How to Open Doors to Funding Starts with the Value Proposition

“Thanks, but no thanks.” If this is the response you get from potential investors, chances are that you have an unrefined value proposition. Dianna Booher, an author, keynote speaker and expert in corporate communications sums it all up with her statement, “If you can’t write your message in a sentence, you can’t say it in an hour.” In my last article entitled “Blueprint on How to Open Doors to Start-Up and Next-Stage Growth Funding,” I noted that potential investors give [...]

By |2020-01-20T11:39:09+00:00January 20th, 2020|0 Comments
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