Presentations

Does The Concept of Addressable Market Matter?

Q: Can you please address the issue of estimating Addressable Market when the product or service is trying to solve an emerging problem and opportunity that is about to hit in the near future.  For example, FeedBurner raised money long before bloggers were convinced that feed management could use some professional help and long before…

Ask the VC Live (Update) and Start Up Drinks

As previous posted, I’m presenting at the University of Colorado a 1.5 hour "crash course" lecture on the VC industry. There are two updates: 1. The program is February 24th (not 25th, as originally posted) at 5:15 at the CU law school.  You can find more information here.  2. Several folks are getting together and…

Ask the VC Live (Update) and Start Up Drinks

As previous posted, I’m presenting at the University of Colorado a 1.5 hour "crash course" lecture on the VC industry. There are two updates: 1. The program is February 24th (not 25th, as originally posted) at 5:15 at the CU law school.  You can find more information here.  2. Several folks are getting together and…

How Did We Get Our Idea For Our Startup?

Q:  We just started looking for venture funding and I have a question. Why do VC’s ask us how our idea came about? Are they looking for an emotional and inspiring story or are they worried that we may have taken our idea from someone else or, what I believe is the case, do they…

What’s The Best Material for the Pre-Pitch Introduction to a VC

Q: What do you expect to see from an entrepreneur whom you don’t know or have a casual introduction to before scheduling time to listen to a pitch? A one-pager? A complete powerpoint? A classic business plan or a casual one? A: (Brad) While everyone is a little different, I’m pretty simple.  Optimally, I’d like…

Are Watermarks On Presentations Useful?

Q: What is your stance regarding watermarks on presentations?  I’m thinking something subtle, transparent text diagonally across the face of the slides that says, Prepared for Foundry-Do Not Distribute.  Do VCs feel offended that an entrepreneur takes that step or is this pretty typical especially for first communications?  And finally, does this even accomplish anything…