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Failing to raise Venture Capital ?

As entrepreneurs we know the odds of raising a professional VC round are extremely low. If you didn’t know that, let me tell you… The odds of raising a professional VC round are extremely low! Forbes  recently suggested it was about 1-2% of companies that pitch...

You Can Build Something Great

To-do lists. Getting things done. Prioritizing time. Productivity apps. There are plenty of helpful ideas out there right now to help you organize your time. The bottom line though: you must find or develop a productivity system that works for you. Here’s why this...

Real Business Plan in Stack of Papers

I read business plans or pitch decks with a few filters in mind. First – Does it come from someone I trust in my network or is it coming to me from a source who has a great filter? Someone who has already done work to determine this may be worth pursuing? Second...

It’s The Great Ideas That Get Funded

    The expression “no man’s land” became more widely used during World War One to describe the dangerous, deserted, destitute, quiet war zone area between two opposing forces’ trenches. You wanted to avoid “no man’s land”; and if you found yourself there, you...

When you are up to bat, swing for the fences!

I just spent the past few days in San Francisco participating in some great dialog about venture capital, startups, future oriented technology and so forth. I spent time one on one and in a group setting with a billionaire, a number of very smart venture capitalists,...

Dilution… Sharing Your Precious Equity

I am often asked about dilution. It’s a key question for most every entrepreneur who plans to go beyond a sole proprietorship. If you are bringing on investors, partners or employees you will likely face the question (can I have equity)… I have a very clear view on...