10 Tips for Crafting Your Executive Summary

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Your executive summary is essentially the cover letter to your business plan: its goal is to get the reader to check out your business plan and, hopefully, to set up a meeting. Here’s how to write an executive summary with impact: 1. Include a financial summary.

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. I answered some of those questions in a previous post, Crafting Your Executive Summary , so I won’t rehash them here. 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.

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. According to Robertsons, the move is similar to those taken by Napster, Grokster, Youtube, Veoh, and others, and centers around its compliance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

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 Congratulations to Stephen Meade of My Wet Rock, LLC, winner of our March Forum FastPitch $100 prize! We had a terrific program in March with The Dr. Is In.

Friday Tech Video Roundup For May 17, 2013


video summary privlo splashio splash melon steam blankspaces What''s the latest batch of videos coming out of Silicon Beach''s startups?

Friday Tech Video Roundup for November 16th, 2012


video summary feature streaming startupSome of the highlights from this week from socalTECH's video section , where we're currently featuring community videos from and about local startups: Peter Pham of Science Inc. with Mario Andretti.

Everything about Java 8


The following post is a comprehensive summary of the developer-facing changes coming in Java 8. Package summary: java.util.function. Package summary: java.util.stream. Summary of proposal: JEP 101: Generalized Target-Type Inference. Package summary: java.time. Summary of proposal: JEP 174: Nashorn JavaScript Engine. This next iteration of the JDK is currently scheduled for general availability in September 2013.

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Learn to never handle a paper or email twice


The exception is an email with an attachment that appears long and involved, such as an executive summary of a business plan. Close. We all do it… to our own detriment. So, let’s make a pact that we will try, if not succeed, to handle our incoming messages more efficiently.

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Here’s How You Get A VC To Pull Out Their Checkbook


Most sophisticated investors ignore them, focusing their attention on an entrepreneur's pitch and presentation materials, financial forecast and executive summary. As such, the primary goal of your executive summary is to open the door to an in-person meeting. Business Plans are dead.

Please map your goal and USE that map!


As a professional investor in early stage companies, I have long discounted long, detailed business plans in favor of a concise “executive summary” followed by a believable spreadsheet-based financial forecast projecting three to five years into the future.

Update: Bird buys more scooters

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In summary, it seems like Xiaomi and Ninebot are screwing someone over. Update: This story has been updated to indicate that the deal is worth tens of millions not hundreds of millions and includes comment from other manufacturers. It seems like all is fair in love and scooter wars.

Find your champion.


And in all cases, simply sending in an executive summary of the business plan via email or filling in an application for funding on a website lowers the chance of success to near nil.

It’s mostly in the execution.


My experience personally reviewing over three hundred executive summaries each year, all sent to me unsolicited, seems to bear out the truth in Tyson’s statement. “Everybody’s got a plan – until they are punched in the face,” stated boxer Mike Tyson.

Frank Addantes FounderBlog: Startup 5.0 – I’m just going to chill out for a bit… (OK, for a month…)

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– Digital Messaging Infrastructure Company (incubated by Addante and Associates, LLC) Age: 25 - 29 (present) Time Period: 2002 - present My Role: Founder High Point: TBD Here is a summary of my experiences to-date with StrongMail: 1.

Boy! If I had only learned this before spending a million!


When I listen to a pitch from an enthusiastic entrepreneur or read the summary of a business plan, one of the first questions I ask is about the strength of the competition. Know your market and competition, or don’t spend a dime on anything else.

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 has not released his tax returns or a summary of them so we can’t know the full extent to which he has abused tax laws or whether he has lied about donations to charities. He could release a summary but hasn’t.

Accelerators: a recent and positive trend


Often I see executive summaries from entrepreneurs who have never managed any form of business, or even managed employees in their past life, and who don’t know the first thing about business formation and managing for growth.

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

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If you want to get schooled by a guy who’s done it all I suggest watching this video interview I did with him that has already been watched 55,000 times or if you prefer a summary version in writing it’s here.

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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. A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes. Accomplished entrepreneurs appreciate the importance of crafting a succinct, well rehearsed description of their venture.

How to Improve Your Odds of Getting to Yes with a VC — “Land and Expand”

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Summary Every VC firm is different and the decision-processes vary; however, they all form the basis sponsor / supporting staff structure and the more people you know when the investment committee happens the higher the probability of success.

The Pivot You Need to Read About

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Please read Greg’s summary of the GOAT story for a better understanding of entrepreneurial grit, stick-to-it-ness, pursuit of one’s passions and second chances. GOAT just announced it raised $5 million in venture capital led by our friends at Matrix Partners.

Nomadix Gets Patent Win


The summary judgement was made by Judge Dean D. Agoura Hills-based Internet access gateway maker Nomadix says that it has received a win in a federal court, saying that Blueprint RF has infringed upon one of the company's patents. Pregerson, U.S.

Making Sure You Are Ready to Begin Building Your MVP


They look at the following high level definition of Lean: and they interpret that as write up an executive summary with your ideas and hand it to developers to build. I'm presenting Making Sure You Are Ready to Begin Building Your MVP next week at Coloft ( Details/Registration ).

Why 2017 Should be a Great Year to Raise Venture Capital

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The results are in ( full deck is published here ) but a summary would be: VCs are significantly more optimistic about the startup ecosystem and their likelihood of funding than they were just a year ago While a year ago many VCs were planning to cut their pace of investments now very few are.

Document Your MVP for a Developer


It would be great to get notes and summaries from these. I was talking with an early-stage founder who has a product vision and wants to get it built. He is not a technical person, but is somewhat web savvy.

Interview: Paige Craig, CEO BetterWorks


Paige is a gifted communicator and my summary does not do him justice. He offers a number of worthwhile tips and tricks that I was not able to capture in the textual summary, so the 14-minute audio file is well worth your time.

Hulu Debuts Updated iPad App


According to Hulu, it has added such features as providing summaries of shows for unfamiliar shows, movies, or episodes; saving where you are in videos you are watching if you exit to another app; better navigation of episodes in a season; and more.

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How Much Should You Raise in Your VC Round? And What is a VC Looking at in Your Model?

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Summary Raising money is a daunting process. There’s a quick litmus-test conversation any early-stage VC will have with the founder and it’s one that you should be as prepared for as your elevator pitch. It goes something like this … VC: “How much money are you raising?”

Stacking Up The Online Film Submission Sites


Summary: Amazon.com's own entry into the online movie contest business, Amazon Studios said it will award $2.7 Summary: Filmaka holds monthly competition for shoft films, judged by a number of Hollywood insiders, to gain their own funding to develop a longer feature film.

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Maverick Bootcamp

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The Bootcamp Will Teach You To: Make a Successful Investor Pitch; Create an Effective Executive Summary; Develop a High-Impact Slide Presentation and more. Friday, October 17, 2008 -- Maverick Bootcamp For Entrepreneurs. See [link] (more

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I Know Everybody Told You to Send Your Fund-Raising Decks as a Link.

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Summary: Send the Deck Pitch decks are sales & marketing decks and like in any sales activity, any great sales person assumes his or her competition will eventually get their deck. I Know Everybody Told You to Send Your Fund-Raising Decks as a Link. Here’s Why You Should Just Send the Deck I know you have your document sending tool to send your fund-raising deck to VCs and track who read your deck, which pages they read and how much time they spend on each page.

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? I recently read a blog post by Beezer Clarkson, Managing Director of Sapphire Ventures about why entrepreneurs should care about from whom their VC funds raise their capital.

How to Out Amazon, Amazon

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Summary It’s hard to build a successful product company?—?even There has always been tension between CPG (consumer packaged goods) companies and the retailers who sell their products to consumers.

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


What follows is a summary which paraphrases Naval’s responses. You can cast a much wider net, the nature of the pitch can be a lot simpler, you can get funded with just an executive summary and a good conversation…without having to put together a business plan or even a deck.