Here’s how NOT to define your competition


An entrepreneur pitches using a deck with no slide for competition. We have no competition.”. That statement has killed more investment deals than almost any other. We investors see this all the time. When asked (as we always do,) the response is “This is new.

Seed Stage Startup Pitch Competition

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019 -- Seed Stage Startup Pitch Competition. startups and entrepreneurs pitch on stage for product, business model, and investing feedback, and one winner will take home a valuable prize package. Startup Coil. See [link] (more

Why I Look for Obsessive and Competitive Founders

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He wants to compete to be the lead drummer in the competitive ensemble and study under Terence, an obsessive instructor who is hell bent on winning competitions for the school. But the film has my brain buzzing all week about obsessive and competitive people. Obsession.

Qualcomm Ventures Kicks Off Startup Competition


San Diego-based Qualcomm Ventures , the venture investment arm of Qualcomm, has kicked off its annual venture competition, the QPrize , dangling seven $100,000 regional prizes and a $150,000 grand prize. Qualcomm said the deadline for the startup competition this year is April 18th.

Qualcomm Ventures Sweetens Pot In QPrize Competition


San Diego-based Qualcomm said Thursday that it is doubling the size of its QPrize annual investment funding competition, and will now award $250,000 in convertible note financing to regional winners, with an additional $250,000 to grand prize winners. This will be the fifth year of the competition. qualcomm ventures qprize competition prize seed investment venture capital

Start-up World Cup - Los Angeles Regional Pitch Competition

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019 -- Start-up World Cup - Los Angeles Regional Pitch Competition. Startup World Cup is a global series of startup pitch competitions that is powered by Fenox Venture Capital and held in 40+ regions from around the world, where the top startup from each country comes to Silicon Valley and compete for a $1,000,000 USD investment prize!

Be careful how you define your competition.


Professional investors laugh when they hear an entrepreneur state, “We have no competition.” That statement has killed more investment deals than almost any other. Remember that the buyer must commit resources, money and time, toward the purchase of your product, and even if the product repays its investment in a few months, there may be issues you know nothing about that make no decision the right decision for this and perhaps many buyers.

How I Invest

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During the Q&A I was asked about how I make investment decisions in early-stage businesses. I know that sounds trite but it’s the best way I can describe my early-stage investments. If I don’t do both then it’s highly unlikely I will invest. I know now that investments will consume many hours including late nights / early mornings and weekends. Often as I describe to people privately why I invested the first reaction is not to immediately get it.

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Meet Our Startup of the Year Competition Semifinalists: Mobile Therapy


From apps to hardware, to KickStarter successes and international startups, we’re inching closer to finding out who will take home the title of Startup of the Year competition at our annual Celebrate Conference in October. Among the dozens of participants that applied for the online competitions, only a few progressed into the semifinals. Co: What was the road like leading up to your initial pitch for the competition?

Qualcomm Launches Second Annual Venture Competition


San Diego-based Qualcomm said Tuesday that it is launching its second annual venture investment competition, the Qualcomm Ventures QPrize competition. According to the firm, this year's competition will provide up to $750,000 in seed funding to entrepreneurs working on mobile ventures. South Korea and Israel are new markets for Qualcomm's competition. Tags: qualcomm ventures venture capital competition

Meg Whitman Invests in Immortals; Joins Board

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Westwood-based Immortals, an e-sports competition league with worldwide reach, announced today an investment from Meg Whitman, who also joined the company’s board of directors

Do you engage an investment banker?


Many CEOs have asked me if I felt an investment banker adds value if the buyer has already been identified. Investment bankers sometimes slow the process by requiring a “deal book” to be prepared containing considerable information about a company to help a buyer.

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The Best Entrepreneurs Are Hyper Competitive & Hate Losing

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Competitiveness - One attribute that I believe most VCs look for in entrepreneurs is competitiveness. If you stumble on to a really good idea believe me it will get competitive really quickly. This competitive streak paid off.

Kevin O'Connor, ScOp Venture Capital, On Startup Success and Investments


This morning's interview is with Kevin O'Connor , a longtime investor and serial entrepreneur, who is now running venture capital investment firm ScOp Venture Capital. Kevin O'Connor: I've been doing venture since my first deal in 1995, and have been investing on and off since I moved to Santa Barbara in 2001, under the name O'Connor Ventures, and did that full time until 2009, when I started Graphiq, and switched back into doing another company.

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Qualcomm Names Venture Investment Prize Winner


San Diego-based Qualcomm has named the winner of its annual, Qualcomm Ventures QPrize Venture Investment Competition, the company said this morning. iOnRoad had previously won $100,000 from Qualcomm for winning the Israeli region competition of Qualcomm's QPrize competition. Qualcomm's venture prize competition is in its third year. qualcomm venture capital prize qprize competition israeli ionroad

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Insights and Opinions: Top 10 Ways to Win a Business Plan Competition


This time, Frank gives the Top 10 Ways to Win a Business Plan Competition. I'm a judge in a local university's business plan competition. Over the past few years I've been involved in different ways in the UC Irvine, Paul Merage School of Business, Business Plan Competition.

Using Technology to Realize a Competitive Advantage

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Computers and the Internet have now brought in a new era that relies on data to make profitable business decisions in the competitive environment. Below is a full explanation of how small businesses can leverage technology to earn a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

Crowdfunder Dangles $25K In LA Startup Competition


Barnett said the contest comes since the firm is not quite able to crowdfund investments for companies yet, but wants to help LA startups get the attention to meet angels and venture capitalist, along with other investors, through its platform. Crowdfunder , an online site offering up a platform to help startups raise money for their firms via crowd funding, is dangling $25,000 in a contest open to Los Angeles companies.

Your Product Needs to be 10x Better than the Competition to Win. Here’s Why:

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Bill doesn’t think you should over invest in them but he does believe in protecting ideas when you have a true invention and many of his companies have done so. Last night I had the great privilege to interview Bill Gross , one of the Internet’s true pioneers.

Qualcomm Invests $100K In MightyText


Qualcomm said it awarded the venture financing to MightyText as the top prize in the North American Regional Semi-Finals of its 2012 QPrize venture investment competition. qualcomm mighttext venture capital android qprize competition contest

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A Venture Capitalist’s Take on Investing in Cannabis


The cannabis industry has been filled with innovation and investment in recent years. Do you play it safe and invest in industries with less baggage? Take a look at our interview below and decide whether or not you want to invest in cannabis. As with any regulated market, investing in cannabis comes with unique risks, but the industry will produce some massive businesses in the next 5-10 years,” said Conlon in an interview with Tech.Co.

EvoNexus Gets Bank, Investment Firm Backing for Fintech Incubator


Financial firms are facing competition from legacy players and disruptive fintech startups as technology continues to reshape the heavily regulated industry.

The Very First Startup Founder You Need to Invest in is You

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This week I wrote about obsessive and competitive founders and how this forms the basis of what I look for when I invest. I had been thinking a lot about this recently because I’m often asked the question of “what I look for in an entrepreneur when I want to invest?”

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Two Local Tech, Investment Executives Named In College Fraud Investigation


Two people associated with Southern California's high tech investment and startup industry have been named as part of the far reaching investigation into a college admissions scandal , which named Hollywood actresses, CEOs, coaches at USC, UCLA, and UCSD, as well as many others.

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The Berkus Method: Valuing an Early Stage Investment.


For those of us who’ve invested in early stage companies, especially technology startups, we have confronted a universal problem. There are many ways to project the value of a company for purposes of pricing an investment, but all rely upon the revenue and profit projections of the entrepreneur as a starting point. Strategic relationships (reducing market risk and competitive risk) $1/2 million.

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Angel Investment Criteria


The example he uses is: THE RAISE Investment $500,000 Pre Money $600,000 Post Money $1,100,000 OWNERSHIP Founders 55% Investors 45% EXIT Sale Price $5,000,000 Time 5 years INVESTOR RATIOS ROI 355% Multiple 4.55x IRR 35% NPV @ 10% $828,000 Admittedly that valuation and the resulting ownership causes me to wonder, but the most interesting aspect is that Bob is talking about investing in a much smaller exit, with no future investment planned. See investment criteria #1 from TCA.

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Is Your Startup Ready for Investment Capital?

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You can also do some competitive analysis at this point, researching similar companies to find out their gross margins, profit, and overhead, and use these findings as a guidepost. The post Is Your Startup Ready for Investment Capital? You’ve identified a pain point.

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San Diego 3rd Annual Quick Pitch Competition

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Thursday, October 8, 2009 -- San Diego 3rd Annual Quick Pitch Competition. Announcing the third annual Quick Pitch competition, showcasing talented entrepreneurs seeking funding. Each pitch will be judged based upon investment potential and presentation quality. Competition winners will be announced at the conclusion of the evening and presented with 2009 Quick Pitch Awards.

Please Help Me Congratulate Jordan Hudson as @UpfrontVC’s Newest Investment Principal

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Most associates need some entrepreneurial experience before actually making investments. Ability to source information easily to help build a thesis around companies / industries / competition. And effective immediately Jordan will have the authority to make investments.

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CapLinked Worldwide Pitch Competition | Submit Your Startup

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CapLinked , the online platform for private investment funded by members of the “ PayPal Mafia “—announced that it is launching a worldwide pitch competition for entrepreneurs to present their business ideas to a panel of all-star judges from Idealab, Rincon, Rapidfire, and Actarus. Entrepreneurs from all over the globe and in any industry can submit their pitch to CapLinked’s Business Plan Competition.

Why I Doubled Down on YouTube Investments with MiTú

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Last year at this time I spoke at VidCon and gave this presentation in which I said YouTube was “the Walmart of Online Video” but I also commented that I felt YouTube was vulnerable to competition because their rev share to MCNs wasn’t high enough to allow MCNs to build a profitable business inside of YouTube.

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Montreal’s reelyActive Wins Startup World Competition | Becomes ‘World’s Best Startup’

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2020 seems like a decade away into space, however Motreal-based reelyActive, the winner os Startup World Competition , is doing just this. The post Montreal’s reelyActive Wins Startup World Competition | Becomes ‘World’s Best Startup’ appeared first on TechZulu.

The Entrepreneur Association Can’t Be Stopped | Holding 90 sec Fast Pitch Competition

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The EA Conference annual fast pitch competition offers aspiring entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their business idea in 90 seconds or less to a panel of judges, providing high exposure to the investment and Venture Capitalist community. You read that right.

Why Did I Invest in the Company Pose?

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What I’d like to do is tell you the story of how the investment came to be, what my thesis is / was and share some thoughts on macro trends. The Team – I’m on record as saying that 70% of my investment criteria are team related.

Chris Hollod On Investing With Ashton Kutcher, Guy Oseary, and Ron Burkle


Many investors, and many startups have heard of A-Grade Investments �the investment firm created by Ashton Kutcher , Guy Oseary , and Ron Burkle �and the many investments it has made, in such huge, breakout companies as Uber, Airbnb, Spotify, Pinterest, Warby Parker, Houzz, Nest, and many others�an investment that has now grown to be worth more than $250M. Wallach on investments out of a new fund, Inevitable Ventures. Ron chose me to manage those investments.

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