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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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.

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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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.

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.

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 ).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Why you should never have a data room — the most counter-intuitive fund-raising advice you’ll ever…

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Summary I hope I’ve been able to persuade you that data rooms are waste. Why you should never have a data room?—?the

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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.

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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.

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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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.

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.

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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How Many Investors Should You Talk to in a VC Fund Raise? And How Do You Prioritize?

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Summary Fund-raising is a sales & marketing process in which the buyer is a VC and the product is equity in your company. This is part of a series of advice for founders who need to raise money from venture capitalists.

Mobile Internet Apple Facebook


The analysts at Morgan Stanley have produced a report that’s quite good reading on some of the major trends concerning mobile web.

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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.

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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With Greathouse Comes Great Responsibility


Along with bringing in a hall of fame cast of serial entrepreneur speakers, Professor Greathouse assigned his students weekly projects where his students would create their own venture and produce an executive summary.

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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.

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.

One Small Change I Made That Improved My Daily Mental State

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After responding to email, rather than checking Facebook I find myself going straight to Axios to check the news summary. We all have a pretty good idea about things that drag down our productivity or suck up time that would be better spent on more fulfilling activities.

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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.

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.