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Success by Listening, Correcting and Evolving

by Tim Berry

One proven way to build a company from zero to winning angel investment is by pitching, listening and correcting. Fill gaps. Strengthen weak points. Listen to your customers. I watched Precision Plant Systems pitch at the Bend Venture Conference last Friday for the third time in a year. The first time I was thoroughly unimpressed;... Read more »

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Share your business pitch and get a FREE copy of Business Plan Pro

by Bailey Koharchick

Can you communicate the core of your business plan in just a couple of minutes? How about in a single 140-character tweet? Our new Bplans Business Pitch tool can help you develop and refine your core message. Add your pitch now and you can even get a FREE copy of our best-selling Business Plan Pro... Read more »

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We Want Business Pitches. Do This Now. Today

by Tim Berry

Consider yourself one of the first to know about the new Bplans.com pitch site at pitch.bplans.com. That means you can be one of the first to pitch and one of the first to get posted. No, it’s not about putting your business in front of investors, although maybe it could be partly related to that.... Read more »

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Shark Tank – Perfect your pitch

by Palo Alto Software

A new television show debuted this past weekend, a show based on a popular UK show, Dragons’ Den. The US show is called “Shark Tank“.  The “tank” is a panel of highly successful business people with investment money to spend. Each week 4 to 5 entrepreneurs pitch their idea to the panel. There is a... Read more »

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Pitching your business: a Survivor’s Story

by Tim Berry

You might call it “I pitched my business to venture capitalists and lived to tell the story.” Scott Gerber, who wrote this piece for Entrepreneur.com, called it 6 Steps to the Perfect Pitch. He didn’t get the money, but he learned a lot: As you might have guessed, I didn’t walk out of that meeting... Read more »

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Elevator Pitch Part 4: Finish Strong

by Tim Berry

(Note: this is taken with permission from Planning Startups Stories) This fourth of five parts in this series depends on who you are, where you are, and what you want. If you’ve personalized in the first part, sold yourself and/or your organization in the second, and established the attractiveness or suitability of the business offering... Read more »

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Elevator Pitch Part 3: Sell Your Offering

by Tim Berry

(Note: this is taken with permission from Planning Startups Stories) Now explain what that person or organization you’re selling to gets. You’ve personalized the need or want, identified your unique qualities to solve the problem, and now you have to put the need or want in concrete terms that anybody can see. For example: For... Read more »

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The Business Pitch

by Alan Gleeson

Business pitches are growing in popularity here in the UK as well as in the US. However, as this article, The Business Pitch by Alan Gleeson illustrates, business pitches are no substitute for the real thing – a thorough business plan! This short article describes the concept of pitching in detail, and argues why pitches... Read more »

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Are You Pitching Your Business Naked?

by Tim Berry

You are if you don’t have a business plan first. Seriously: how can you boil it down to the core if you don’t know your basic strategy such as your identity, market, and focus? How can you set a scale to it without some idea of reasonable expectations in sales? How can you possibly talk... Read more »

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Some Guy telling you what to do

by Palo Alto Software

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Guy Kawasaki on a couple of occasions. Not that he’d remember, but they were pretty special moments for me. He’s a fantastic speaker and, as my 4-year-old niece said to me just last weekend about a story I read to her, “he writes good.” For those of you who... Read more »

Rice Business Plan Competition, one last thing

by Palo Alto Software

A few weeks ago we had a conversation with Nate Alder, one of the people behind Klymit Technologies, featured on our blog. The Money.CNN.com website featured them as one of the winners of the Moot Corp Business Plan Competition back in April. If you’re interested, you can see the elevator pitches for all the 2008... Read more »

30 Seconds to Success… the Idea Elevator

by Tim Berry

So last month the idea elevator was set up in the business school at the University of Oregon. Go in, start recording… you have 30 seconds. The results are posted at the U of O’s New Venture Championship site as a prelude to the event in Portland, Oregon, at the end of this week. And... Read more »

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Mixing Numbers and Words: Keep it Simple

by Tim Berry

Lots of people think of themselves as either words (or concepts) people or numbers people. In business planning, however, it’s hard to separate the two. Even the words and concepts people need numbers–the sales forecast, the expense budget, other metrics–to make their planning real. And the numbers people need to move away from the numbers... Read more »

Your business plan on a napkin

by Noah Parsons

Women 2.0 has a great concept for a business plan competition: the business plan must fit on a 5×5 napkin. I love this for a few reasons: First, this contest forces contestants to focus on their elevator pitch and executive summary which are arguably the most important parts of a business plan. Requiring a focus... Read more »

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It’s the plan that counts

by Noah Parsons

I spent today listening to presentations from contestants in the University of Oregon venture contest. It was amazing how the presentations gave life to some business plans that had been less than impressive when read in a vacuum. During today’s presentations, a company that had nearly been discounted based on the quality of their business... Read more »