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Joe Wallin, SEC Rule Changes

Seems like it was only a couple of years ago that Angel Capital Association became interested in public policy; now it seems not a minute too soon. Joe Wallin volunteers on the ACA’s Public Policy Committee and Marianne Hudson nominated him for this discussion. Joe’s a Partner in the Seattle office of Davis Wright Tremaine […]

UCI’s Startup Weekend

I was a judge at UC Irvine’s first Startup Weekend. It was a blast!

Richard Swart, Grow America

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 […]

Barbara Seymour Giordano: Pitching Pet Peeves!

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.

Presentation Do’s and Don’ts

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 […]

Do’s and Don’ts of Pitching

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 […]