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7 Signs You’re Fundraising Too Early

7 Signs You’re Fundraising Too Early | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
Perhaps it’s the new ”American dream” of scaling like Zuckerberg or selling like Systrom, but every entrepreneur seems to think that if they’re going to make it big, they have to raise money asap.

The amount of money you raise has become associated with your perceived success, credibility, respect in the valley… as if you have to raise money to be legit.

As a result, way too many startups are raising money way too early.

I know this to be true, because I’ve been one of those people.

This past summer we spent about 3 months of our time trying to raise money. We weren’t successful. The truth is, it was too early to be fundraising. I know that in hindsight, but at the time I convinced myself otherwise.

We had taken $50,000 to join the 500 Startups accelerator which is built to help you fundraise and grow. After a couple pivots we still hadn’t figured out our product-market-team fit yet but figured if we could play the fundraising game right, we could still raise our round. Hell, we got into 500 because they liked our team, who’s to say we couldn’t get other investors on board?

That’s the story that’s told so often. You have to pitch 100 investors before one says yes, then the other investors you spoke with will want to get in as well. You have to create the perception that they’re going to miss out on a deal and that time is limited. If you know how to talk to investors with confidence and create the perception of demand, you’ll raise your round.

We bought into that idea…all in.

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, December 13, 2013 5:19 PM

Get ready first, the more ready you are, the easier money will follow.

This is a great article from a real entrepreneur. Great read, but don't just read, apply his conclusions to your fundraising.

Better even, take a look at the video 'Why are you doing this?' right above this window.

Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, December 13, 2013 5:29 PM

If you are serious about succeeding with your Startup, including Fundraising, building a great company, and exiting that company when the time is right, take a look at this video. This is Startup School at its best!




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As we launch, we want to build on a structure and a solid foundation, most of us have lots to learn.

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12 KPIs you must know before pitching your startup

12 KPIs you must know before pitching your startup | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

It is critically important for the founders of a company to intimately understand the company’s key performance indicators (KPIs). Founders cannot hope to grow a company in any meaningful way without an almost obsessive focus on its KPIs.

Why? Because KPIs, if constructed correctly, give management and potential investors a cold, analytical snapshot of the state of the company, untainted by emotion or rhetoric. This focus must not be limited to the KPIs themselves, for they are merely measurements of outcomes. We look for founders to have an understanding of what levers can be pulled and what tweaks can be made to improve the business, which will then be reflected in its KPIs. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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How to Give a Keynote Speech That Everyone Will Remember

How to Give a Keynote Speech That Everyone Will Remember | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

People respond to passion.

Every keynote you do is an honor. Understanding this is the first, and most important, rule. Even when I have a busy week doing three keynotes in one city, or in three cities for that matter, I am acutely aware that my stepping onto each stage is the result of a group of organizers, and a hopeful audience, looking to me for deliverables.

So my job as keynote speaker is to make sure they get what they came for -- and more. That means knowing about them, the organization, the reason they're there. It means knowing the ethos and goals of the group. It also means knowing what else they're hearing from other speakers that day. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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GM taps 500 Startups to find early-stage investments in upcoming classes

GM taps 500 Startups to find early-stage investments in upcoming classes | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

GM has made a number of big acquisitions and investments in the past few years. It picked up self-driving company Cruise earlier this year and dropped $500.

GM has made a number of big acquisitions and investments in the past few years. It picked up self-driving company Cruise earlier this year and dropped $500 million into Lyft, Uber’s biggest competitor. For the most part, GM acknowledges that it needs to figure out how to tap into new aspects of the automotive experience, CTO Jon Lauckner said.

But all these companies start somewhere. And GM is looking to find them early on in addition to the big investments they already make. So GM is now going to work with 500 Startups to track down a batch of companies within each class in order to continue to expand its touch-points beyond the areas it’s currently working. Read more: click image or title.

 

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“Rather than the typical client/vendor relationship I'm used to, Growthink has been more like a strategic partner and trusted advisor. Not only did they provide me with a dynamic business plan but they have given me invaluable advice and feedback along the way. They have exceeded my expectations in every way possible during this exciting but uncertain time of starting & ultimately growing my business.”

Jerry D. Erickson

President/CEO

FryBrid Cars

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Richard Branson: Here's how to get anyone to listen to your idea

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If you want the self-made billionaire to hear you out, keep things concise.

If you want to get Virgin Group founder Richard Branson to listen to your idea, keep the pitch short and sweet.

"The pitches that I remember, and resulted in support and investment, were the ones where the idea could have fitted on the back of an envelope," the billionaire entrepreneur writes in a post on Virgin's website.

A common mistake Branson sees during pitches is repetition. Presenters tend to make their point and then proceed to repeat it over and over.

 

"If you want to get your message across, be engaging, concise and to the point," he advises. "Then, when you are done saying what you have to say, stop saying it."

This idea extends to life in general. Redundancy not only results in dry pitches, but also in dry conversation, Branson says: "There is nothing worse than sitting next to an enthusiastic person who repeats their same point time and again." Read more: click image or title.

 

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Sweet: keep it concise and don't repeat yourself over and over again. 

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10 Things You Must Do Before Connecting With Investors

10 Things You Must Do Before Connecting With Investors | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
There are no shortcuts to building a solid network of engaged investors.

The majority of entrepreneurs have one thing in common: They're totally in love with their company and their product. They are passionate, enthusiastic and optimistic. They can’t wait to tell everyone how their idea or product is going to change the world. Before that can happen, though, entrepreneurs need to spend some time thinking about what motivates the people who will help fuel the jet engine. 

During my decades of raising capital and running startups, I've learned a few things about preparing for investor meetings. If you're lining up appointments with people who have the potential to write big checks, I recommend you make your way down this full list. Following these guidelines will help you secure funding and build valuable partnerships. Read more: click image or title.

 

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, December 21, 2016 3:25 PM

The first impression is just the start, make sure you have all of these 10 points figured out.

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Silicon Valley Etiquette

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Manners Matter.

 

“During the 17th century, in France, manners became a political issue. King Louis XIV and his predecessors, in collecting together the nobility of France to live with the sovereign at Versailles, instituted a sort of school of manners.
At the palace, the courtiers lived under the despotic surveillance of the King. If you displeased a Louis, he would simply “not see you” the following day. And not being “seen” by the King was tantamount to ceasing to count, at Versailles.

The new manners — both the formal rules of protocol and precedence and the unspoken, more profoundly enculturated rules like table manners — were seen increasingly as ways in which one did not offend other people. You were controlling yourself, so as to prevent other people from being disgusted or shocked.”  Read more: click image or title.

 

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Great story comparing manners at the French court of King Louis XIV with nowadays Silicon Valley's way of doing this. A lot makes sense though, like 'being on time'. etc. 

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Let’s face it, it’s time to upgrade the Pitch Deck to a Pitch Video

Let’s face it, it’s time to upgrade the Pitch Deck to a Pitch Video | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

When founders get connected to investors, they are often asked to send the deck ahead of the meeting. We’ve written here why sending the decks, especially before the first meeting, is generally not a good idea.

Startup founders cannot be defined by their decks.

The main issue with a pitch deck is that it is subject to misinterpretation. Investors get a lot of decks and they tend to skim and glance over them.

The founders aren’t able to tell their story, because they aren’t present.

The second issue with decks is that it is hard to capture the passion and the personality of the founders. Sure, a deck can have a creative design, but that’s not the same as hearing the founder talk about the business.

The third issue is that decks are flat.

Decks are just text.

In a world where everything is video/3D, the investor pitch decks are still bits of flat text.

What if, instead of sending a deck, the founders sent a 3-4 minute video walking the investor through the deck?

Having the founder narrate the deck seems like a simple idea that should solve for all the issues above. That’s why we are encouraging the founders in our Techstars NYC Summer 2016 class to do just that.

Let’s take a look at how it turned out. Compare going through this pitch deck from LeBlum: Read more: click image or title.

 

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Crafting Your Story to Pitch Your Great Idea

Crafting Your Story to Pitch Your Great Idea | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
Once you've finally come up with that brilliant idea, here's a way to get people excited about it.

If coming up with a brilliant idea is hard, getting people to agree with you can prove just as difficult. 

"We operate under this assumption that the world will magically see how great our idea is, but great ideas get rejected all the time," said David Burkus, author of The Myths of Creativity: The Truth About How Innovative Companies and People Generate Great Ideas. 

Burkus, who also teaches creativity and innovation courses at Oral Roberts University, spoke to Money Talking host Charlie Herman about how to recognize and pitch great ideas.

He suggested a five criteria checklist for structuring a pitch or judging which idea to invest time in. Read more: click image or title.

 

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, September 9, 2016 11:16 AM

Here's a fab post about how to formulate your story when you are getting to pitch your idea. But don't get stuck on the word 'pitch'. Think any presentation where you want to influence people:

  1. Selling your project across the organization
  2. Project reports when a decision or action is a desired outcome
  3. Sales presentations to alliances or prospects
  4. Anytime you need to raise funds or gain resources

 

What I really like about this article is that it's not a formula per se, but a way to think about your presentation and get your thoughts organized. That's the hard part, really.

 

Once you get these 5 points down, it will be easy to put together your presentation. Story on!

 

This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it. Follow her on Twitter @kdietz

Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, September 9, 2016 3:19 PM

Storytellers share how to #pitch your #idea to get people excited.

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11 reasons we didn’t invest in your company

11 reasons we didn’t invest in your company | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
Like most VCs, we see dozens of deals each week. We've developed a funnel that enables us to quickly eliminate those that don't fit our general investment..

The deals that survive this initial culling process are subjected to much greater scrutiny and due diligence. This process includes a thorough review of the deck, financial statements and projections; discussions with the founders, customers and other investors; and a review of third-party information relevant to the company, its product and industry. Companies are eliminated from further consideration during various stages of this process and, in the end, we ultimately invest in a small percentage of the deals we review. Read more: click image or title.

 

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Lots to learn form a list of reasons for NOT getting funded.

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5 Fundraising Tips From 'The Billionaire Whisperer'

5 Fundraising Tips From 'The Billionaire Whisperer' | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

Jennifer McRea has changed how people think about fundraising for causes that matter.

If you want to change the world for the better, it’s going to take a lot of money. However, according to philanthropist Jennifer McCrea, money should never be at the center of what you do.

McCrea, who has been called “the billionaire whisperer,” has partnered with philanthropists and nonprofit leaders for more than 27 years to raise resources to tackle the world’s most pressing problems. She is also a senior research fellow at Harvard’s Hauser Institute for Civil Society, where she teaches a course on Exponential Fundraising.

During my recent talk with McCrea, one thing was strikingly clear -- she is passionate about creating a better world. In her work, she has shifted the way we look at fundraising and philanthropy and the lessons she gives are relevant to us all. Read more: click image or title.

 

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Five Lessons Kids Can Teach You About Pitching Your Startup

Five Lessons Kids Can Teach You About Pitching Your Startup | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

If you can't explain your startup to a child, you may not have better luck pitching to investors.

If you can't explain your business model to kids, then you're not ready for prime time in front of investors. That's the idea behind Pitch-a-Kid, a new Austin, Texas-based organization that puts kids in the judge's seat as they analyze adult entrepreneurs' pitches and choose the strongest pitch of the bunch.

Kids learn critical thinking and problem-solving skills, while local entrepreneurs get an unfiltered assessment of where their pitch falls short and what parts might be confusing. "Kids at the elementary school age are very honest and are comfortable asking questions about things they don’t understand," says Mike Millard, who started Pitch-A-Kid earlier this year with his daughter Audrey, who’s currently in fourth grade. "For the entrepreneurs it really pushes them to use simple, straightforward, and understandable language."

At Pitch-a-Kid’s second pitch session on July 30 at Austin’s Capital Factory, there were five judges and a judge coordinator ranging in age from fourth to twelfth grade. Millard's daughter acted as an alternate judge and microphone runner.

Stakes weren't that high for the six presenters because there is no cash prize for winning. However, each had only five minutes to present their plan before the judges started asking challenging questions including: How much money do you make? How do customers find you? How old were you when you started your business? and, Why do you do this? Presenters also had to field questions from the audience. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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Don't underestimate kids, their #attentionspan may be longer than  the #VC's.

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A Female Founder's Tips for Fundraising

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The odds may be stacked against you, but with some determination, you can get what you want.

As female entrepreneurs, we’re often asked by our peers about the three Fs -- female, founder, and fundraising. How do you find female friendly investors? Are you taken seriously as a founder? How do you fundraise as a woman? 

I'm the CEO of a five-year-old start-up. I don’t actually think much about being a female, or a female founder, or female founder fundraising for that matter. But the reality is that I should, because the facts are pretty indisputable. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman shares 4 secrets to a killer LinkedIn profile - Phoenix Business Journal

LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman shares 4 secrets to a killer LinkedIn profile - Phoenix Business Journal | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman shares the biggest mistakes he sees LinkedIn users making — and how to correct them.

If you truly want to craft a killer LinkedIn profile, the guy who helped create the world's largest social network for professionals has a few tips.

During a video interview, LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman shared the biggest missteps he sees users making with their LinkedIn profiles. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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Making your "pitch" on #Linkedin, from the #co-founder.

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The (near) Perfect SCAM

If you are looking for funding, please read this and share it with your contacts.

Looking for funding? Here is a real and serious warning. Scammers are getting better, more sophisticated and incredibly creative.

Here is a short introduction. As founder and manager of the website Business-Funding-Insider.com, with hundreds of new visitors daily from all over the world, my site is a juicy prey for the scam community.

I allow people to post their #funding proposals for free, and I also invite funding sources to do the same, for free.

My daily task is to go through the comments and submissions before allowing them to be published on the site. I have to do this, because if I allow posts without reviewing them they are being bombarded by funding offers from #scammers. Every day.

Read more here: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/near-perfect-scam-marc-kneepkens

 

 

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WTF is a funding round?

WTF is a funding round? | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
You see it on TechCrunch all the time: company X raised $X million at $X valuation. But if you don’t work in venture capital or finance, you might not know..

So, we’ll break it down for you.

 

 

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Term Sheets and LOIs – Startup Traction (by NextView)

Term Sheets and LOIs – Startup Traction (by NextView) | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

When a VC invests in a startup, the two parties usually sign a term sheet that lays out the major terms of the investment round. This is usually followed by several weeks or longer of legal due diligence. 90%+ of term sheets result in a closed deal that is more or less equivalent to what was discussed. We have never signed a term sheet that we did not follow-through on, and that is not at all uncommon in venture investing. In almost all cases, when a term sheet doesn’t result in a deal, it’s because of the investor feels like there was some form of indiscretion on the part of the company, or something catastrophic has happened in the outside world or to the partner or fund itself.

In the M&A process, an LOI feels an awful lot like a term sheet. It is a simplified legal document that lays out the relevant terms of the transaction. Usually, the buyer seems very excited to get a deal done and shows a ton of conviction, just like the VC investor.

But LOI’s are not like term sheets. The close rate on LOIs is lower, and the frequency with which a deal is meaningfully renegotiated after an LOI is much higher. Also, you will realize that the minute you sign an LOI, you have lost all negotiating leverage with the other party. All LOIs have an exclusivity period, which means that you will turn off all your other options (and if you go back to them later, they will know it’s because a deal blew up). The acquisition probably means more to you than it does to the other party, so you will be negotiating from a place of relative weakness. Also, the loss of focus and legal costs will end up being a greater burden on you than the other party as well. Read more: click image or title.

 

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Excellent look at #term sheets and #LOI 's. Need to know.

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How to Calm Your Nerves Before a Big Presentation

How to Calm Your Nerves Before a Big Presentation | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
Your audience doesn’t have to know you’re shaking on the inside.

It’s not easy getting ready for a big presentation. The stakes can feel high, and in our desire for things to go well, the anticipation builds. Fear, anxiety, or even paralysis can kick in. What can you do to calm your nerves when this happens? Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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10 Executive Tips on How to Make a Lasting First Impression

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Like it or not, people make snap judgements about you all the time. Here's how to make sure they're positive ones.

Whether it's a sales call, an interview, or chance meeting with someone you may want to know better, there are things you can do to leave a positive and lasting impression. Check out these quotes from executives who give their advice on how to do it. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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First impression is very important, in business and in life.

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How to make a presentation interesting?

How to make a presentation interesting? | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

In this article, we'll teach you how to make a presentation
interesting, from planning your story to creating your slides. 

There’s a lot going into creating a compelling presentation. From planning to creating and delivering, and you should tackle each process accordingly. In this post I’ll refer to the first two parts, planning and creating; you can check this article for some great delivery tips. Read more: click image or title.
 

 

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Make sure to cause an impact with your next presentation using professional storytelling!
 
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5 Steps to Raise Startup and Expansion Capital

5 Steps to Raise Startup and Expansion Capital | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
These universal steps make capital goals reachable for an entrepreneur in any industry.

What is the one thing that stops many potential entrepreneurs from chasing their dreams?

Money. 

Not everyone can secure a business loan -- or wants to put his or her personal assets on the line -- and the majority of startups never receive a dime from VCs. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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Startup Pitch Decks that raised over $400M

Startup Pitch Decks that raised over $400M | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
A collection of real pitch decks from real startups. In total, these decks have raised over $400 million. Use these pitch deck examples for inspiration.

 

 

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Great examples from #pitch #decks that produced real #funding

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Google Opening San Francisco Startup Incubator To Bridge The Gap Between Silicon Valley And Startups Worldwide

Google Opening San Francisco Startup Incubator To Bridge The Gap Between Silicon Valley And Startups Worldwide | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
Google announced that it wants to assist global startups into growing harmoniously, and that is why the company will deploy a new office building in San Francisco. The facility will bridge the gap between Silicon Valley names and young IT businesses.

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The company revealed that it will open up the 14,000-square-foot space, which will be used to tighten cooperation with emerging companies, hosting events, as well as local and global developers.

According to Google's presentation of the initiative, the space should "bridge the gap between Silicon Valley and startups from [global] emerging markets." The tech company wants to aid the organizations in having a better grasp on their local and global challenges, and to create a space fitted for sharing resources.

- See more at: http://www.techtimes.com/articles/174304/20160819/google-opening-san-francisco-startup-incubator-to-bridge-the-gap-between-silicon-valley-and-startups-worldwide.htm#sthash.KRoyt4Q3.dpuf

The company revealed that it will open up the 14,000-square-foot space, which will be used to tighten cooperation with emerging companies, hosting events, as well as local and global developers.

According to Google's presentation of the initiative, the space should "bridge the gap between Silicon Valley and startups from [global] emerging markets." The tech company wants to aid the organizations in having a better grasp on their local and global challenges, and to create a space fitted for sharing resources.

- See more at: http://www.techtimes.com/articles/174304/20160819/google-opening-san-francisco-startup-incubator-to-bridge-the-gap-between-silicon-valley-and-startups-worldwide.htm#sthash.KRoyt4Q3.dpuf
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#Google wants to keep their #talent nearby. They have plenty of money to do that.

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5 Psychology-Based Methods to Connect With Your Audience

5 Psychology-Based Methods to Connect With Your Audience | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

Before you can create strategies to connect with people, you need to understand what motivates them.

Do you want to learn how to get audiences to tweet, like and share your content? Of course you do! But it takes more than simply uploading or posting and hoping for the best. It’s about sharing content that makes people care -- content that makes people want to share your message with their network.

More and more people are connecting on social media and blogs. This means there are larger opportunities to promote your business. It also means that there’s more competition to stand out amongst a sea of information.

The good news -- you can use proven methods to connect with people. Crafting content that people care about begins with understanding what motivates people. Let’s take a look at five psychology-based principles you can start using. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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Using certain techniques or approaches can help when learning to connect better with your audience. Whether it is an #investorpitch or a simple presentation.

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malek's curator insight, August 9, 2016 9:57 AM

Crafting content that people care about begins with understanding what motivates people.

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All Your Questions About Startup Fundraising… Asked And Answered

All Your Questions About Startup Fundraising… Asked And Answered | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

Start-up fundraising is hard. Despite ubiquitous headlines about unicorn valuations and how it’s never been easier to raise money in Silicon Valley, the process of raising capital can be grueling, unpredictable, and non-transparent. To shed some light on best practices for successful startup fundraising, I sat down with my partners Eric Feng and Randy Komisar to ask and answer the most frequently asked questions entrepreneurs have about fundraising today. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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These guys live and breathe #funding of #startups, interesting conversation, directly from the insiders.

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Your Startup’s Pitch Needs Only These 10 Slides — Marketing and Entrepreneurship — Medium

Your Startup's Pitch Needs Only These 10 Slides - Marketing and Entrepreneurship - Medium
Guy Kawasaki shares the layout for a perfect pitch.
Pitching your startup to investors just might be the most nerve-wracking aspect of starting your new business — well, besides the prospect of losing your shirt.


I get it. The last thing you want to do when you’re sleep-deprived and edgy and suffering startup angst is pitch it over… and over… and over again. It’s actually a pretty helpless feeling, asking strangers to decide on the fate of your new venture. If it’s your first or second venture, there can be a real learning curve, too. It takes time and feedback to get it right.
Presentation guru Guy Kawasaki has put together an infographic that can help make your pitch both more effective and less painful...

 

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When Guy #Kawasaki teaches everyone listens, he is a success story.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, July 19, 2016 5:58 PM

Larry Kim shares a useful slide presentation template for startups from Guy Kawasaki.