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LinkedIn Financial Services Summit: Key Themes and Trends

Social media use is exploding for financial services firms, just as it is for enterprises across other industries. Despite compliance-oriented hurdles, more and more financial companies are showing a broad-based commitment to adopting social media in ways that produce real business impact.  This post was originally written by Tim Walker at Socialware.  Consumers are using […]

2012 Example Investor Pitch Deck and Discussion

This is the updated, 2012 version of the ReOverthinking start-up pitch deck; since the first version was written in 2009, this post and it’s predecessors has been read on average 50 times a day…often more than that.  I really hope this indicates the number of entrepreneurs that are thinking about or working on a start-up. […]

Questions to ask before and during a VC pitch in 2012

This is a precursor to the Example Investor Pitch, 2012 version, that will be posted next week (yes, I’ve been promising that for year now). Pitching investors is part art and part science.  The goal here is to make the science part well understood, dissected and discussed. The good news is there is real learning […]

2010 Example Board Presentation and Discussion

This post will cover a presentation outline and discussion for what I believe is a solid starting point for best practices in a typical, periodic board presentation by a start-up CEO. These days, early stage companies tend to have monthly or every-other-month meetings; more mature companies rarely go longer than a single quarter without a formal board meeting. Because the goal of a the board book and the board meeting is to clearly communicate the state of the business to board members, over the course of 2-3 hours, such that board members are equipped to perform their duties.

(outdated) 2010 Example Investor Pitch

CLICK HERE FOR THE 2012 VERSION OF THIS POST —————       Experienced, early-stage investors get excited by 5 things: Visionary, experienced entrepreneurs… Solving a valuable problem in a huge, growing market… With some fundamental, defensible advantage… That’s been proven through customer development and traction… In a business that has low capital requirements. That’s […]