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).

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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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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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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XYZ Gets Legal Win Over Verisign


XYZ said it was granted a summary judgement in the lawsuit, which it claimed as an effort by Verisign to "litigate new competition out of business." Los Angeles-based.XYZ , which is led by Daniel Negari, said this week that it has defeated Verisign in a lawsuit, where Verisign had alleged that XYZ had lied about its registration numbers and growth, and for its statements about the difficulty of finding.com domain names.

Illumina Wins Favorable Ruling In Patent Suit


District Court for the Southern District of California granted it summary judgement, saying that its sequencing systems do not infringe U.S.

VIZIO Wins In Patent Lawsuit


VIZIO said that it was granted summary judgement of invalidity on a patent held by Lochner Technologies LLC, a "non-practicing entity" (NPE). Irvine-based VIZIO , the manufacturer of HDTVs and other consumer electronics, said it has scored a win in another patent lawsuit today, saying that it has defeated a "patent troll".

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.

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? Sites like LinkedIn are far more business focused, and Facebook is more friends and family. A new, San Diego startup-- Chef''s Roll , thinks it has the answer--a social network specifically aimed at chefs.

VIZIO Claims Win Against Patent Troll


Irvine-based electronics manufacturer VIZIO says it has won its tenth case against what it calls a "patent troll", after winning a summary judgement of invalidity and non-infringement on two patents held by Oplus Technologies, Ltd. last week. VIZIO said the legal win is the tenth successful fight against what are called Non-Practicing Entities (NPE) by the company.

Nimble Launches Dashboard Feature


The new feature, the Today Screen, offers up a quick summary of things like birthdays and job changes, top tasks and activities to do today, upcoming deals, reminders, and more. Santa Monica-based Nimble , the developer of cloud-based, customer relationship management and contact management software, has debuted a new dashboard feature, the firm announced Tuesday.

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 ).

CarsDirect Launches Buying Outlook Feature


CarsDirect said its new "Expert Buying Outlooks" will provide plain-English summaries of where experts expect the price of specific car models to go, to help consumers determine if it's a good time, or not, to buy a car.

What's Happening in the Gulf

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In this lecture, Dr. Haymet will present a summary of both the on-going work and the response so far in the first 90 days. Tuesday, July 13, 2010 -- What's Happening in the Gulf. CONNECT. The tragedy unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico is first and foremost a human tragedy. It is caused directly by the largest environmental disaster our nation has ever experienced.

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.

Selling Your Story

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Two keys communication tools are the Executive Summary and the PowerPoint Presentation (Pitch Deck). Thursday, December 13, 2012 -- Selling Your Story. A TCVN Workshop. Getting funded sometimes seems like a career itself (and indeed it is a big part of the CEO?s s responsibilities). In order to succeed, need to understand both the rules of the game and the equipment ? without these you may squander some of your most valuable resources - time and relationships.

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Veoh Claims Win Over Universal Music


Veoh said that a federal court awarded a summary judgement in the copyright lawsuit, finding that Veoh's copyright process is compliant with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Los Angeles- and San Diego-based video sharing site Veoh is claiming a major win today over Universal Music group, saying that a federal judge has thrown out a copyright infringement lawsuit against the firm.

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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.

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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Move Gets Win In Patent Case


District Court for the Northern California District, has granted a summary judgetment in favor of the firm. Los Angeles-based Move, Inc., which operates the Move.com, REALTOR.com, and other related web sites, announced this morning that it has scored a win in a patent case. The firm said that a district court judge in the U. Move had been sued by Kevin Keithley and TREN Technologies Holdings over a patent, 5,584,025, covering the display of real estate information from a database.

Mahalo Cuts Staff


and Sequoia Capital, and provides human-edited search pages and news summaries. Santa Monica-based Mahalo, the search and news site run by Jason Calacanis, has cut 10 percent of the firm's staff, Calacanis said in a post on his blog Wednesday. Calacanis said that the moves were due to a "challenging economic environment." According to Calacanis, the firm is "fairly certain" that advertising for the next two years will be "severely depressed."

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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.

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.

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.

“Visibility” — A Powerful Lesson on DACA and The American Dream from @LeonKrauze

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No summary of León’s speech can do it justice so please do yourself a favor and watch it. León Krauze from Univisión gave an impassioned keynote presentation at The Upfront Summit on the topic of “invisibility” of immigrant workers in our society.

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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.