Getting a new product into the market is tough—retail chains may not want to gamble on something new. How do you get a chain to carry your new product?

Pitching a Business

12 Ways to Get Your New Product into a Major Retail Chain

What is one tip you have for getting a brand-new product into major retail chains? Getting a new, untried product into the market is tough. Major retail chains may not want to gamble on something brand new. To learn how other entrepreneurs managed to get their shiny new products into major chains around the country,...

By Scott Gerber |

Do You Know How to Pitch Your Startup in Social Situations?

You’ve struck stones together and you’ve finally seen a spark. You’ve worked hard to develop your ideas and build something worthy of faith and investment. But finding natural ways to pitch your startup may still seem like the most daunting task you’ve faced yet. Your elevator pitch, for all that it can be perfected,  can come...

By Katherine Halek |

Got “Founder Fit”? If You Want Venture Capital, You Need It

A few weeks ago I spoke with Boris Wertz, founder of JustBooks, COO of AbeBooks and founding-partner of Version One Ventures. In as much as a scheduled interview with an angel investor can be, talking with Boris about what it takes to spark the interest of a venture capital firm was a coincidence. I’d reached out...

By Candice Landau |

What Startups Need to Know About Exit Strategies

  Startups looking for angel investors or venture capital (VC) absolutely need an exit strategy because investors require it. The exit is what gives them a return. Exit strategies related to startup funding are quite often misunderstood: The “exit” in exit strategy is for the money, not the startup founders or small business owners. The...

By Tim Berry |

What My Startup Accelerator Taught Me About Pitching

The culmination of an entrepreneurship accelerator is the opportunity to pitch investors on your business. After my business partners and I spent eight weeks in a startup accelerator at the JFE Network, we got the chance to show off Credential Cabinet to a room full of attentive investors. Pitching was a great experience. We told...

By Ely Greenberg |

How I Set My Pitch Apart and Won a Pitch Competition

The competition itself forced us to move from the business planning stage to the real world, and in the process we learned what makes for a compelling pitch.

By Allison Berliner |

9 Things That Take a Pitch From Good to Great

When I think about what set the excellent pitches I've seen apart from the rest, it turns out that they all shared some of the same qualities.

By Caroline Cummings |

5 Lessons “Shark Tank” Can Teach You About Pitching to Angel Investors

The TV show "Shark Tank" has a lot in common with the normal flow of angel investment. These are the five key lessons to take away from it.

By Tim Berry |

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Getting a new product into the market is tough—retail chains may not want to gamble on something new. How do you get a chain to carry your new product?