The Tourist (Investors) are in Town

Last week I was at a non-tech event where everyone at my table was talking about startups and angel investing. Every single person at the table had written a check, and that wasn’t even related to the purpose of the event. As another investor I know calls it, “the tourists are in town.” Tourists, as…

Want a Meeting? Bring Two Team Members.

Managing inbound requests to meet up and help out fellow entrepreneurs is always an internal struggle for me. I want to help, but I’ve also found that the majority of the first-time meetings aren’t a good use of time. Personal referrals from trusted friends are always the best, especially when a Simplified One Page Strategic…

Startup Positioning Template

April Dunford has an amazing post up titled A Startup Positioning Template. Effectively positioning a startup is incredibly difficult, and most entrepreneurs struggle with it. Over the years I’ve looked at dozens of Simplified One Page Strategic Plans, which has a number of positioning elements, and those are some of the most poorly-done sections. Here’s the Startup Positioning…

5 Quick Presentation Tips for Startup Pitches

Tonight I had the opportunity to hear startup pitches at the Harvard Business School New Venture Competition regional final at the Atlanta Tech Village. Being a regional final, this group represented the best HBS-affiliated teams from around the Southeast. Here are five quick presentation tips for startup pitches after seeing tonight’s event: Tell a Story…