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5 Things Missing From Most Entrepreneur Pitches

by Tim Berry

I found this list in a very good post from Charlie O’Donnell on his blog This is going to be BIG. I don’t know him, and I didn’t know his site, but on digging I discover he has done time with Union Square Ventures, teaches entrepreneurship and practices what he preaches with a couple of... Read more »

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Businessman looks into crystal ball

What Are Investors Looking For?

by Arlene Soto

If you're hoping to secure a financial partner to help you grow your business, you'd better know what potential investors are looking for your presentation (and your business). Read more »

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How Getting Funded is Like Dating

by Tim Berry

Ouch! Move to the Valley? I doubt it, and I voted with my feet over a decade ago when I moved Palo Alto Software to Eugene, OR. But Rob May’s insight on how getting funded is like dating is right on target. From The Irony of Raising Money for a Startup: Raising money is really... Read more »

Do I need a business plan?

by Palo Alto Software

A twist on the usual ‘do I need a business plan’ question showed up on the FSB Blog on CNNMoney.com the other day.  Harold Edwards asks, “Do I have to have a business plan to get investors?” Tim Berry tackles the answer for him here. Read more »

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New Site Reviews Investors

by Tim Berry

Thanks to A VC for tipping me off to The Funded, where entrepreneurs rate investors. This site is a good reminder that few entrepreneurs realize they should choose investors as carefully as investors choose them. – Tim Read more »

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Delivering a Winning Business Plan Pitch

by Alan Gleeson

After a business plan has been written, the next stage often involves pitching the plan to prospective investors. This very fact means that the plan authors and management team should be one and the same and that ‘outsourcing’ the business plan writing process should not be considered. It is not just the content of the... Read more »

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Q & A: Should the business plan we share with investors include the operational components of our plan?

by Cale Bruckner

Question: We are a software company and we are currently developing our Business Plan.  There is a debate as to whether the operational plan, or internally focused portion of the business plan, is actually included in the “external” business plan itself?  We intend to use the “external” business plan in the traditional sense to acquire... Read more »