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How One Slide can Save Your Investor Pitch

As every entrepreneur knows, Venture Capitalists and Angel Investors and very busy people. Many have very short attention spans and pitch meetings can be very chaotic and unstructured. This can be a real problem when you are in the middle of an investor pitch, just about to get to the most compelling slide and either […]

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Create a Sense of Urgency When Pitching Investors

  Good investors are always spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding which startup to invest in. This is one of the primary factors that contributes to delay in getting the deal done. Other factors include due diligence, work overload, and sometimes power games. The longer a startup goes without cash the more desperate […]

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Create a Sense of Inevitability When You Pitch Investors

  About 15 years ago I was leading an investor pitch to the second in command of one of the world’s largest petroleum companies.  The pitch went well and at the end of the meeting the executive said something along the lines of ‘It’s clear to me that you’re a train that has left the […]

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Startups: Building, Pitching, Buyers and Fear

Steve Blank has consistently preached the importance of getting out of the building and Eric Ries, of the Lean Startup, movement stresses the need for ‘validated learning’. YET time and time again, entrepreneurs pitch and launch without even having spoken to a potential customer, let alone getting confirmation that they will actually PAY for your product if you build it.

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The Investor Pitch: Balancing Optimism and Risk

Optimism is a quality that is present in every successful entrepreneur. Without optimism, entrepreneurs would not take the huge risks they do, to bring their dreams to life. Without optimism, entrepreneurs would find it impossible to raise funding from Angel Investors and Venture Capitalists. it is optimism and iron clad self-belief that enables entrepreneurs to cope with frequent rejection […]

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Why Most Startups Shouldn’t Seek Investment

A client said to me last week that if I was so against startups raising capital from investors, why did I always blog and tweet about pitching investors. Fair point, made in response to my attempt to encourage him to bootstrap rather than pursue Angel Funding. The current bubbling market and spate of tech IPO’s […]

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How One Entrepreneur Became an Investor Magnet

This is the true story of ‘Ryan’ (not his real name). A serial entrepreneur with no qualifications and a very limited understanding of financials or launching a startup. Ryan, however, is an entrepreneur with a deep understanding of people, who consistently and easily raises hundreds of thousands of dollars from very savvy, experienced investors. I […]

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Four Rules For Powering Up Your Video / Virtual Investor Pitch

Increasingly entrepreneurs are using ‘video pitches’ as a way of trying to increase the impact of their investor pitch. At the same time Angel Investors and Venture Capitalists are encouraging startups to ‘virtual pitch’ them. In our new world of e and virtual communications this is a logical step that brings clear advantages. Studies have […]

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How One High School Lesson Can Help Your Investor Pitch

I was reminded of the importance of never looking ‘desperate for funding’ when I recently met with a couple of friends who happen to be seasoned Angel Investors. Between them they have invested in more startups than I have had weekends off, so they think and look long and hard before making an investment, no […]

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Why You Must Know Your TAM When Raising Startup Funding

One of the most common mistakes entrepreneurs make when trying to raise business funding from Angel Investors and Venture Capitalists, is to talk in terms of ‘market size’ rather than Total Addressable Market (TAM). Get this wrong and a potential investor may conclude that either you are trying to mislead them by suggesting your revenue […]

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