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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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.

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.

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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Friday Tech Video Roundup For May 17, 2013

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

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.

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

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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.

Friday Tech Video Roundup for November 16th, 2012

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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.

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.

Chef's Roll Looks To Create LinkedIn for Chefs

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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.

What is The Best Way to Explain Your Startup?

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In summary, I think you’re going to see a lot more companies use video to cut through the clutter. 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.

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.”

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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.

With Greathouse Comes Great Responsibility

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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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What To Do When Your Competitor Gets Funded?

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” In summary: The competitors are the incumbents. This morning Clutter.io 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. I know my MakeSpace friends will forgive me because I just don’t believe the conventional wisdom is right. And it’s part of what can go wrong in startup land.

CarsDirect Launches Buying Outlook Feature

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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.

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

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The day after your board meeting I would recommend you send out an email with a summary of your understanding of the key decisions reached so that it is memorialized. Summary. This article originally appeared on TechCrunch.

Document Your MVP for a Developer

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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.

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. Any reader of this blog for a period of time will know that I’ve been long YouTube for years.

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Why Most Online Video Companies Will Fail

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So if you clicked on the link above you’d find that they have summarized the video by creating still images of the video and a few GIFs (not pronounced like the peanut butter, no matter what he says ) and a summary of the story. I live in LA and fund startups.

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. Many startups now go through accelerators and have mentors passing through each day with advice – usually it’s conflicting.

Fauxmentum

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Summary. __. faux·men·tum. fōˈmen(t)əm,fəˈmen(t)əm/. when a technology startup, its investors or the market believe in robust growth rates writ large.

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. It’s February now.

The Morning After

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Let me give you the quick summary of what I said yesterday: Public markets affect venture funding. Last night I wrote a post about how the fall in the stock market over a 3-day period may affect the venture capital markets.

How to Configure Your Startup Team

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Quick summary: Be careful not to have too many co-founders. I am fond of quoting that about 70% of my investment decision of an early-stage company is the team.

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Free Startup CTO Consulting Sessions

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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. Many of the founders of these companies are surprised to learn that I'm willing to review what they are doing (maybe an hour) and get on the phone for an hour with them and provide free advice. Generally I can provide quite a bit of help in that brief time.

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How to Shorten Your Sales Cycle and Avoid Wasting Time

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Summary. One of the questions I’m most often asked by CEOs is how to hire sales people. I’ve written a lot about recruiting and hiring at startups including my controversial post on whom not to hire and my rapid response to the flame war.

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What I Learned In 2015: Jeb Spencer, TVC Capital

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In summary, it really has been an amazing year and we look forward to supporting additional compelling software companies in 2016. All this week, we're featuring reflections on the past year from movers and shakers in the community.

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. It consumes time and energy and the payoff doesn’t come for a long time. But of course great teams build great companies and great startup leaders know that they must always be recruiting.

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

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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.