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Why VC Confidence Matters To Every Young Company

When it comes to confidence, a rosy outlook among VC’s can be clouded. And that will cast a shadow on the future of start-ups everywhere. Here are some of the symptoms to recognize, and treatments to keep the VC community healthy and fit. Relevance fatigue. This happens when a mediocre or underdeveloped startup idea is […]

How To Master The Art Of The 60-second Pitch

You have 60 seconds to make an impression. That is about 200 words. Open with a hook that piques interest and close with a request—ask for something. Write out your story and then hone it for the most powerful pitch you can create. To make sure you cover all the bases, Dave Bittner, Invest Southwest […]

4 Legal Tips Startups Cannot Afford To Miss

When starting the path of a startup, it is important to ensure protection of your people, your product, your presence and your process. Invest the time to take security measures for your efforts whether on your own or with counsel from a lawyer. Here are four areas to safeguard and preserve. Protect Your Self (and […]

Who. What. How. Three Secrets Investment Bankers Wish Every Startup Knew

Many entrepreneurs fail to consider what investment bankers can do to help them raise money. Let’s look at investment bankers — who they are, what they do, and how they differ from a VC or an angel — and key reasons that hiring an investment banker can be one of the smartest decisions an entrepreneur […]

Six Success Principles to Ponder for High Performance

Successful entrepreneurs are admired for high performance. They amplify the best within themselves. They challenge themselves in new ways. In these efforts, underlying principles guide them. Give them focus. Here are six principles for high performance that many successful entrepreneurs exhibit. Let’s take a look at how you can apply these principles. Ponder them daily, […]

Three Ways to Find Your First Customer

Take your startup idea to the next level—a startup company—by getting paying customers. <click to tweet> Whether you are hoping to pre-sell your product or if you are ready to make a sale, here are three sources that may lead to your first customer. Network. Tap existing relationships—friends, family, former colleagues. Here you will find […]

Why Phoenix Deserves a Spot on the List of Best Cities for Startups

Due to the growing community of tech entrepreneurs, Phoenix has earned the nickname “Silicon Desert.” In the latest Kaufman Metropolitan Area Rankings for Startup Activity, Phoenix moved from 12th last year to 14th this year after topping the chart in 2012. There are many reasons that Phoenix attracts startups. Here we take a look at […]

10 DAILY RITUALS FOR ENTREPRENEURS—Improving Everyday Routines

Most everyone has rituals in daily life. We will look at ten everyday routines. And then we’ll take those rituals and improve upon them to help you thrive as an entrepreneur.<click to tweet> WAKE — get up and get ‘er done! But first, install morning routines to get off on a good foot. This will […]

Fundraising Tips For Startups at the Later Stage

In a previous post, we detailed the first three phases of fundraising for startups: seed, early, and friends and family phases. These early phases have one thing in common – most of your capital comes from you and your family. Jim Marshall of Silicon Valley Bank jokingly calls these the Three Fs of Startup Finance: […]

Everyone Wins at Venture Madness

On March 5-7, 234 investors, inventors and startup fans converged on Talking Stick Resort for the inaugural Venture Madness Conference. They watched the final 16 live pitch before panels of judges, as the competitors were narrowed to eight, then four, then two and a champion was crowned. Pinnacle Transplant Technologies emerged victorious late Friday, and […]