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5 Mistakes to Avoid Making With Your Executive Summary

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I get questions from startup founders about executive summaries all the time. Here’s what not to do when crafting your executive summary.

Nimble Launches New Contact Summary Feature


Santa Monica-based Nimble , the developer of cloud-based, contact and relationship tracking software, said this morning that it has launched a new feature to provide a "smart summary" feature providing a detailed background summary on any contact. Nimble is led by Jon Ferrara. READ MORE>>.

10 Tips for Crafting Your Executive Summary

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Here’s how to write an executive summary with impact: 1. The executive summary isn’t called a “summary” for nothing!

MP3tunes Asks for Summary Judgement In EMI Battle


District Court for a summary judgement. San Diego-based MP3Tunes , the online music locker service headed by Michael Robertson, is hoping to avoid a jury trial and end its three year long battle with record label EMI , and has asked the U.S. MP3tunes is citing the Viacom Int'l v. READ MORE>>.

What You Missed On Your Holiday Vacation, SoCal Technology Edition


feature articles 2012 roundup summary vacationIt's a new year and it's time to get back to work. LaunchpadLA Opens Up Spring Applications.

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The Pivot You Need to Read About

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GOAT just announced it raised $5 million in venture capital led by our friends at Matrix Partners. But this isn’t just any funding.

Friday Tech Video Roundup for November 16th, 2012


video summary feature streaming startupwith Mario Andretti. Peter Pham, of Los Angeles technology studio/incubator Science Inc., READ MORE>>.

March Forum FastPitch Winner: Stephen Meade, My Wet Rock, LLC

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Awards TCVN News awards Ciaran Foley Dr Is In event fastpitch my wet rock new prize summary

Chef's Roll Looks To Create LinkedIn for Chefs


Among specific, chef-focused features is the ability to link to print, online, and television press, summary of their cuisine, awards, client reviews, photos, and videos. If you''re a chef of a hot new restaurant in New York, Chicago, or Los Angeles, where do you go online to network? READ MORE>>.

Here Are the Details About Upfront Ventures’ Newest EIR – @Chamillionaire

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This was 2009 and his understanding of audience engagement was far beyond anything I was hearing from most people at that time. They make a great pair.

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Why It’s OK to Show Your Anger

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Summary — What You Need to Do I don’t need to go on. He could release a summary but hasn’t. Collectively we have a voice. He is Racist.

Forget Your Elevator Pitch, What’s Your Personal Pitch?


This concise summary can be comfortably told during the duration of a reasonably brief elevator ride. Hence the term "elevator pitch.".

How Do VCs Choose Their Investors (and should entrepreneurs care?)

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Summary Should entrepreneurs care that we have Sapphire as an LP? What percentage of their fund will you be? could go on for a long time.

CarsDirect Launches Buying Outlook Feature


Los Angeles-based CarsDirect has launched a new feature today, aimed at helping consumers figure out if it's a good time to buy a new car. READ MORE>>.

What is The Best Way to Explain Your Startup?

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Anybody who reads the blog regularly will know that I’m long video. I’ve made 5 investments in the sector and I hope to make 5 more. Sight.

With Greathouse Comes Great Responsibility


The following guest post is from some of my former UC Santa Barbara students. Fall quarter of Sr. Along with taking Sr. Share and Enjoy.

What I Learned In 2015: Jeb Spencer, TVC Capital


In summary, it really has been an amazing year and we look forward to supporting additional compelling software companies in 2016. READ MORE>>.

What To Do When Your Competitor Gets Funded?

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” In summary: The competitors are the incumbents. This morning announced they raised $9 million from Sequoia , arguably the best venture capital firm that exists. Congratulations. Sincerely. Conventional wisdom says I shouldn’t tell you this because I invested in their main competitor, MakeSpace. Simple.

Why You Shouldn’t Decide Anything Important at Your Board Meeting

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Summary. This article originally appeared on TechCrunch. Why You Should Pre-Meet Board Members. founder involved in a scandal. Press Scandal.

What to Make of Andreessen Horowitz’s Returns?

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Rolf Winkler wrote a piece in the WSJ about A16Z’s returns in which he says they “lag behind Sequoia, Benchmark and Founders Fund.” Or not. Whoops!

The Most Misunderstood Facts About Building a Business on YouTube

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Summary : YouTube as a customer acquisition tool to building great online businesses is unrivaled today. That is YouTube today. post-script.

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Why Most Online Video Companies Will Fail

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I live in LA and fund startups. So you can imagine that I see a lot of video startups. Most will fail. repeat the same mantra to every one I see.

Document Your MVP for a Developer


It would be great to get notes and summaries from these. He is not a technical person, but is somewhat web savvy. Founder : Ummm. Founder : Umm.

Here is How to Make Sense of Conflicting Startup Advice

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Summary. Everybody has a blog these days and there is much advice to be had. What is a founder to do? So what IS one to do? 1. Triangulate.


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Summary. __. faux·men·tum. fōˈmen(t)əm,fəˈmen(t)əm/. We live in heady times. But can sensible management team even do anything about it? Rational

The Morning After

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Let me give you the quick summary of what I said yesterday: Public markets affect venture funding. So now what? Full stop. Equally importantly.

Why You Shouldn’t Launch Your Startup at a Major Tech Event

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Exec Summary. For those not interested in linking through – here are the summary titles without the details of that post. 1.

How to Configure Your Startup Team

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Quick summary: Be careful not to have too many co-founders. Final startup grind from msuster. figure out roles. identify gaps. and so forth.

Find your champion.


Together we fund, maybe, twenty-five of these. Banks and lenders often are the same way. Spend time finding your champion.

Free Startup CTO Consulting Sessions


This overview (executive summary) needs to include: Product and Business What is the product? I talk to roughly 2 or 3 new startups every week who need advice from an experienced CTO. Generally I can provide quite a bit of help in that brief time. And I try my best to point them to resources that can help them longer term. What Is This?

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How to Shorten Your Sales Cycle and Avoid Wasting Time

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Summary. Call high, and get passed down or; B. Call High. In a small to mid-sized organization this is likely the CEO or perhaps a COO or SVP.

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RPost Claims Patent Progress


The firm claimed the granting of a motion for summary judgement in the US Federal Court in California will help it in its effort to convince the courts to prevent these companies from operating the services that infringe RPost patents. RPost had sued the firms in 2011. RPost claims it has 35 patents covering electronic signatures.

When Should You Allow Exclusivity in Deals?

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Summary. In summary, many  advisors, board members or executives will steer you away from exclusivity agreements. need to give credit for the topic to PR Malloy who Tweeted me this question. must admit I discuss this very frequently with portfolio companies but hadn’t thought to write about it. Excite, MSN and eventually Google.

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Why Recruiting Isn’t Over When an Employee Accepts Your Offer

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Summary. Recruiting. It is the bane of every startups existence because it takes up so much time, it is so competitive to sign people and it feels like unproductive time because it’s not moving the ball forward on product, engineering, sales, marketing, biz dev, fund raising. In fact, it’s worse than that. You must win.

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Why Raising Too Much Money Can Harm Your Startup

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Summary There’s no right answer, only trade offs. Amongst the most often asked questions I get from founders is, “How much money should I raise?”

Interview: Naval Ravikant, Co-Founder AngelList and Co-Maintainer Venture Hacks


What follows is a summary which paraphrases Naval’s responses. Messenger : Naval Ravikant, Co-Founder AngelList and Co-Maintainer Venture Hacks.

What Jonah @Peretti, CEO of BuzzFeed, Sees in the Future of Digital Media

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The 30-minute interview of Jonah Peretti is here but my summary in the notes below. BuzzFeed. Others are skeptical, “Ha! But I digress.

How to Present and Answer Questions in a Team Presentation or VC Pitch

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Summary : Teams matter. I sit through a lot of presentations. Each of these scenarios has a team presenting. Some fare less well. Make a note.

Be Careful About Being a Meddling Startup CEO

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Summary. recently wrote a post talking about how some VCs meddle in operating company decisions or some executive teams are too reliant on VCs to jump in and make hard calls for them. It’s harmful and hurtful to the startup and those that lead it. ” Of course I agree with this. speak from experience. CEO’s beware. Sales.

Should You Really Sit on Other Boards When You’re a Startup Founder?

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But for now, the summary is: You’ll extend your network. . So I was intrigued by Brad’s post. You’ll get exposed to new management styles.