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I was a judge at UC Irvine’s first Startup Weekend. It was a blast!
He’s out to grow entrepreneurship in Utah and the rest of the country. Richard Swart and Grow America are starting with business competitions, like MassChallenge, to encourage local startups first; eventually the model will spread across the country. It’s an ambitious plan to grow small business nation-wide. His first big event attracted 800 applicants, and [… Read More]
I join Barbara on her live video show where we discuss How Not to Bore Investors; Pitch Tips Every Presenter Must Know. She’s my speech coach, so I learned most of what I say from her! Best way to follow along? Print out my 25 Pitching Pointers.
Yesterday it was the Don’ts. Today let’s balance the scales and end the week on a positive note. When you’re crafting your pitch to angel investors there are several keys to getting your presentation right: 1. Click the first slide immediately. Make your introductory remarks on the next slide. By starting the presentation right away [… Read More]
It was confession time at the recent meetup: I get angry easily. Bored, disappointed, but definitely angry when I have to sit through a lousy pitch. Here you are, with the opportunity you’ve been dreaming of, and instead of wooing us, you blow it. Who let you in? I want to lash out. Why aren’t [… Read More]
Last time I looked I couldn’t find a good cheat sheet on writing an effective executive summary (ES). I guess that means I must write one. I certainly get enough ES’s and many times I enjoy offering a critique; many ES’s need a critique, so put away your ego and get ready for some feedback. [… Read More]