Archives / May, 2009

Key Characteristics of a Great Startup Culture

Today’s great VC post is by Greg Gottesman (a managing director at Madrona Venture Group) and is titled Thirteen key characteristics of a great startup culture.  It shows up in John Cook’s column in TechFlash – the article is solid and the comments (all 66 of them at this point) are priceless.  I’m baffled by…

Start-up Cost Projections For First Time Entrepreneurs

Q: At a pub in Los Gatos, CA a casual conversation with some young, first time entrepreneurs lead to an interesting comment: "…the business plan outlines our estimated (operational) expenses but how do I know an investor is not going to look at these numbers and say…’are you f’ing kidding me’ and  right then and…

Communications Advice for Pitching Venture Capitalists

Today’s post is from Matt Eventoff – a communications consultant who has good tips for entrepreneurs who are pitching VCs. I reinforce that having a clear message is really important.  If you get off on the wrong foot in a presentation and can’t clearly definite your value proposition, you risk losing the interest of the…

2009 New York Venture Summit

The 2009 New York Venture Summit is happening on June 17th at Digital Sandbox in New York City.  The summit will feature 50 early stage and emerging growth companies as presenters, interactive panel discussions and lots of networking.  The agenda looks strong as does the speaker list.  The cost for investors or entrepreneurs is only…