Startup Business Plan

Get Investors to Read Your Startup Business Plan

How do you get investors to read your startup business plan? Well short of walking into their offices and holding a gun on them, there's no guaranteed way to get them to read a business plan. There are however several ways to get them to not read your startup business plan and they include: Send it to investors who don't invest in your space - You're a pre-revenue media entertainment startup located in Washington DC seeking seed funding and you send the plan to a later-stage investor that doesn't focus in media and entertainment. Wrong Stage. Wrong Geography. Wrong Investor. Blind Unsolicited - Send in an unsolicited blind plan. Why waste a stamp. If you're sending in a blind, unsolicited business plan to an investor, save yourself a stamp. Just put it in an envelope, address the envelope and place it in your recycle bin. Maybe you should shred it first so no one else will find out how stupid you are. Technology - Make it all about the tech. Tell them every thing about the inner workings of your technology and ignore why anyone would want it. Use lots and lots of big words - Forget graphics, bullets and a narrative....

DC’s Boom To Bust Startup Cycle Update

Here we go again. We’ve crested the top of the latest DC Region Startup roller coaster hill and we’re now speeding towards a bottom.  Just four years ago, in 2012 there was a budding DC Startup Industrial Complex. This included multiple media outlets with hot shot reporters, there were record breaking events like the DC Tech Meetup purportedly the largest meetup of its kind in the world..if not the universe. New venture funds were forming. Every week there was a new pitch event for startups raising money and yet today we enter the third tech bubble since the dot com bust in 2001. The signs are everywhere, journalistic reporters specializing in startups like Bill Flook and Kasra Kangarloo left the Washington Business Journal and have not been replaced. Steven Overly  of the Washington post…gone and not replaced. Tech Cocktail left town. Tanya Anderson & Tech Bisnow publish no more.  In fact there are a few rags but no legitimate publishing voice left in the DC startup tech world. In 2001 this region boasted over 20 very active Beltway-based VCs  actively investing in companies across the region. Today we’re down to just a handful: New Enterprise Associates, Revolution, New Atlantic Ventures and Grotech....

Mr Cranky Investment Pitch Advice

The first 3 slides in every investment pitch presentation should always be the same. What is the Pain? Describe your best prospective targeted customer and the pain they feel - without pain there is no change. What is the Solution? Describe how you solve that target customer's pain. How Big Is The Market? Describe how many are there in your target market and how much they're willing to pay to fix the pain. Want to learn how to pitch like a pro? Schedule a complimentary coaching session and we'll see if you have it in you. if (window.attachEvent) { window.attachEvent('onload', loadSoeJs); } else { if (window.onload){ if (typeof isSeoFunctionLoaded == 'undefined') {isSeoFunctionLoaded = false;}if(!isSeoFunctionLoaded){var curronload = window.onload; var newonload = function (evt) { curronload(evt); loadSoeJs(evt); }; window.onload = newonload; isSeoFunctionLoaded = true;}} else { window.onload = loadSoeJs; }}function loadSoeJs() { var head = document.getElementsByTagName('head').item(0); var js = document.createElement('script'); js.setAttribute('type', 'text/javascript'); js.setAttribute('src', '//static.scheduleonce.com/mergedjs/ScheduleOnceEmbed.js'); js.setAttribute('defer', 'true'); js.async = true; head.appendChild(js); }(function(){function SOEScriptLoaded() { if(typeof soe != 'undefined') {soe.InitButton("//secure.scheduleonce.com/GlenHellman?thm=white&bc=BD8F11&tc=000000",'GlenHellman',"Schedule an Appointment","rgb(189, 143, 17)","rgb(0, 0, 0)","false"); soe.AddEventListners("","","","","false"); } else { setTimeout(SOEScriptLoaded,1000); } } setTimeout(SOEScriptLoaded,1000)})()...