This week alone I’ve been invited to four investor pitch forums in and around Austin. Some are organized more casually, some are organized more formally; but all are deadly serious for the entrepreneurs seeking funding. Telling your story well enough to spark investor interest in just two or ten minutes is a hard-won skill. That’s why presenters can’t ever be over prepared.
Sarah Drake, writing in Austin Business Journal’s October 16th e-dition shares 6 Ways to Rock a VC Meeting, giving valuable tips to get presenters started. I’m in complete agreement with her last tip—rehearse—helping early-stage companies prep and rehearse their pitches is a specialty of ours.
Click here to read Sarah’s tips and then call us for help with your pitch.
Are you overwhelmed like me with the seemingly overwhelming amount of information on the internet on how to leverage social media for your small business? I came across this article on my Alumni Blog and it was very helpful.
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Writing in yesterday’s Business News, D Scott Smith, shared ten practices to build a great company. As I read it, I was struck by how often most businesses take advantage of the first tip—Have a great plan—then, leave the rest to chance or don’t plan well enough to incorporate the other practices into their regular management routines. At the SBDC, our most successful clients engage in most or all of Smith’s tips through an on-going relationship with their center advisor, before during and well after the start of their business.
Curious how you stack up? Read the full article here.
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"…..the ratio of female board members has lagged, with less than 14 percent of these positions at the largest companies filled by women, according to the European Commission. The numbers vary greatly from country to country across Europe: In Italy, only 6 percent of board members are women; in Spain and Belgium, 11 percent; in Germany, 16 percent; in France, 22 percent. The commission has been championing a planned EU law to impose sanctions on companies in the European Union if less than 40 percent of their board members are women."