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Top 10 Questions on Pitching Using LivePlan

by Dave Cannon

The best thing you can do to nail an investor pitch is to learn how the process works and be prepared. Since you don't know what to expect until you've tried it a few times, you can minimize missteps by learning from the advice (and mistakes) of others. Here are some frequently-asked questions on pitching an idea to investors. Read more »

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A new way to develop and present your business model

by Noah Parsons

Here at Palo Alto Software, we’ve added a major new feature to our business planning app, LivePlan, that I think you’re going to love. It’s called the LivePlan Pitch and we’re really excited about it. But, before I dive into what our new feature does, let me give you a little context. The mythology of... Read more »

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Dr. Seuss and Business Planning: He knew a thing or two

by Bailey Koharchick

Dr. Seuss once said: “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. You are the one who’ll decide where to go.” It’s feasible to think that Dr. Seuss was talking to the... Read more »

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LivePlan Steps Up to Planning as Management

by Tim Berry

I’m delighted that the latest version of LivePlan now includes what we’re calling the Scoreboard, meaning the best-yet positive step on the way to what business planning is really supposed to be, today, which is a tool for managing a company. This step is classically simple: two visuals only, one for sales and the other... Read more »

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Palo Alto Software Offers Discounts Ahead of Black Friday

by monique

Palo Alto Software will be offering deep discounts on its award-winning small business planning and management products, starting this Tuesday, November 22nd. All Palo Alto products, including the #1 best-selling business planning software, Business Plan Pro and Business Plan Pro Premier, will be at least 30 percent off. The site for the holiday sale is:... Read more »

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True Story: My Best-ever Business Plan Project

by Tim Berry

I got a call on a Tuesday from Mike Rashkin, who was Manager of Apple Computer’s Apple Pacific group. He told me (paraphrasing): Tim, I have two guys who have Kanji word processing software that we want for Apple Japan. We want to invest $80,000 in their business but we need them to have a... Read more »

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Real Data on the Success of Business Planning

by Tim Berry

Hooray. Finally, some good research on the impact of business planning, and particularly business plan software, on business success. There’s been very little on this in the past. Occasionally someone does a study seeking correlation between a formal business plan document and business success, but that’s really the wrong issue, and it generates the wrong... Read more »

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Be Passionate and Be Prepared — What Martial Arts Taught an Entrepreneur

by Palo Alto Software

Jim Glasgow has a black belt in karate, does jui jitsu, kickboxes, cycles, and has competed in triathlons and marathons. Oh yeah, and he operates a successful business too. What connects these pursuits? The passion that he brings to them all. Jim had always wanted to have his own business. And as  a long time... Read more »

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Professional Writer Uses Professional Tools — A Business Plan Pro Success Story

by Palo Alto Software

James P. Shelley creates business documents for a living. He writes full business plans, financial plans, summaries, even Web copy and employee/employer documents (like employee manuals). He works with startups and ongoing businesses to craft their documents, and explains, “my specialty is to work with principals and key employees of existing businesses of all types... Read more »

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The Triple Bottom Line – evaluating your non-profit

by Palo Alto Software

Planning software like Business Plan Pro does a good job of helping you evaluate the financial projections for your non-profit – how many donations you will need, what expenses you will have, and how many projects you will fund. But what about evaluating the effectiveness of your programs, efficiency in using your funds, and choosing... Read more »