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Turning the Negatives Into Positives During a Business Pitch

By | May 6, 2017 at 10:30 am

There comes a time in the life of every company when something bad happens. Whether something is deficient or someone else tried to take a piece of the action, every business has gone through a time it would prefer to forget. So when you’re…

Funding

The 5 Things to Know About Raising Seed Funding

By | Apr 11, 2017 at 4:30 pm

So you have an idea and now you need some financial support to get the ball rolling. At this point, seed capital can be helpful. Although the seed round is usually smaller and can come from many funding options (friends, family, incubators, angels, VCs),…

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Austin

Tech.Co’s Startup Night at SXSW 2017 Is Where You’ll Get Discovered

By | Jan 19, 2017 at 3:30 pm

If you haven’t heard, SXSW is one of the hottest events of the year for entertainment fans, technology enthusiasts, and startups of all shapes and sizes. Whether it be the endless networking opportunities, the electric atmosphere of Austin, or the mountains of free food…

Failure

4 Important Lessons About Failure From Shark Tank’s Barbara Corcoran

By | Dec 12, 2016 at 2:30 pm

Embracing fear and failure is a key component of becoming an entrepreneur. You need to take a leap of faith to be a success in the startup world, and no one knows this better than Barbara Corcoran. Despite her $80 million net worth and…

Healthy Entrepreneur

An Athlete’s Approach to Startup Pitching and Adrenaline Management

By | Nov 28, 2016 at 9:15 am

“How does one get into shape for public speaking?” I was waiting to go on stage to pitch my startup, and became quite aware of my heart rate. My Fitbit registered 145 beats per minute, an unusually high rate for me akin to when I…

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11 Questions for Your First Investor Meeting

By | Oct 23, 2016 at 10:30 am

This article is courtesy of Techstars, the best global ecosystem for entrepreneurs to bring new technologies to market. From inspiration to IPO, Techstars empowers the world’s most promising entrepreneurs throughout their lifelong journey by providing a global ecosystem made up of tens of thousands…

Tips & How To’s

Lessons from Techstars on Perfecting the Startup Pitch: Part Two

By | Sep 12, 2016 at 4:40 pm

This is the second part of a two-part series. You can find the first part of the series here. Allow me to give you a few DOs and DON’Ts for your pitch. We’ve learned these over months of consistent practice, failure, and learning. DON’T…

Tips & How To’s

Want a $1M Seed Round? Try Scheduling 200 Meetings Over 10 Weeks

By | Sep 7, 2016 at 9:11 am

Everyone hates meetings. Which is a problem. Because meetings are essential. And since no single meeting is perfect, the only solution is to have as many meetings as possible. There’s even a rule of thumb: Plan on enduring 200 meetings over ten weeks if you…

Entrepreneur

‘Shark Tank’-Style Podcast ‘The Pitch’ Needs Startup Competitors

By | Sep 1, 2016 at 4:00 pm

“The Pitch” is a podcast that does for fledgling startups what Shark Tank does for business owners. Its second season is coming out soon, and the podcast’s founder, Josh Muccio, has even bigger plans: This season, the investors will be making their decisions on the…

Tips & How To’s

The Biggest Reason a Startup Pitch Is Like a Job Interview

By | Aug 26, 2016 at 10:20 am

You sit down across from an imposing businessperson. You take a deep breath in your button-down shirt. It’s just a job interview, you tell yourself. No wait, it’s a startup pitch. Regardless, there’s just one main thing you need to remember: Avoid the Interview…

Opinion/Analysis

How ‘No Man’s Sky’ Can Teach You to Pitch Better

By | Aug 16, 2016 at 4:00 pm

If you’re a gamer, you’ve definitely heard of No Man’s Sky by now. The survival game is set within a procedurally generated, deterministic open universe that’s essentially infinite and a mind-bendingly new approach to a gameworld. But that’s a fact that’s tougher to pitch than…

Opinion/Analysis

Here’s How You Should Design Your Investor Presentation

By | Mar 24, 2016 at 11:08 am

You can be the hardest working entrepreneur in your industry. You can have the best idea, the best team, and the best chance at gaining traction. However, none of this matters if you cannot convince potential investors to open their wallets and put their…

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DC

Being an Entrepreneur Means You’re Also a Public Speaker

By | Dec 16, 2015 at 10:00 pm

Does the phrase “public speaking” send shivers down your spine? Do your palms start to sweat and your mind starts to think of ways you can avoid opening your mouth? If this is your reaction, you’re not alone. According to the Chapman University Survey on…

Tips & How To’s

3 Strategies for Improving Your Public Speaking Skills

By | Nov 5, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Being an entrepreneur, there are many times when your ability to effectively communicate can make or break your business.  Whether you are recruiting new employees, pitching to investors, or forming business partnerships, your ability to build rapport and articulate your goals in a professional…

Tips & How To’s

The Three Cs of a Great Startup Pitch

By | Nov 3, 2015 at 4:00 pm

For the past year, I have been helping fellow entrepreneurs perfect their startup pitches. A well-written and well-delivered startup pitch can mean the difference between no one paying attention to your company and everyone paying attention to it. I can dish out all kinds…

Tips & How To’s

5 Tips for Successfully Pitching Investors

By | Oct 16, 2015 at 9:18 am

For even the most bootstrapped of startups – financed only on credit card debt, ambition, and determination – there ultimately comes a time when in order to take the company to the next level, the assistance of outside investors will be required. Pitching to…

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Entrepreneurs: Beat the Pitch Jitters When Speaking to Investors

By | Aug 14, 2015 at 6:00 pm

College students, engineers, and dreamers all over the world are tinkering in their garages, striving to create the next big tech innovation. And the amazing, exhilarating truth is that they might just do it! The tech startup world has evolved into an idea meritocracy….