10 Tips for Crafting Your Executive Summary

Tech Zulu Event

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

Tech Zulu Event

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

socalTECH

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

socalTECH

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).

Framework Benchmarks Round 18

TechEmpower

In summary: Thanks to An Tao ( @an-tao ), we clarified that the "Date" header in HTTP Responses must be accurate. Round 18 of the TechEmpower Framework Benchmarks project is now available! When we posted the previous round in late 2018, the project had processed about 3,250 pull requests. Today, with Round 18 just concluded, the project is closing in on 4,000 pull requests. We are repeatedly surprised and delighted by the contributions and interest from the community.

March Forum FastPitch Winner: Stephen Meade, My Wet Rock, LLC

Tech Coast Venture Network

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.

What You Missed On Your Holiday Vacation, SoCal Technology Edition

socalTECH

feature articles 2012 roundup summary vacationIt's a new year and it's time to get back to work.

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Friday Tech Video Roundup for November 16th, 2012

socalTECH

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

TechEmpower

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

InfoChachkie

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!

Berkonomics

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.

Learn to never handle a paper or email twice

Berkonomics

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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Oh, go ahead and ask for a five-million-dollar investment in your startup.

Berkonomics

I cannot tell you how many times I have seen executive summaries of business plans in which the entrepreneur seeks $5,000,000 to build the business.

Find your champion.

Berkonomics

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.

Once again: Is it the jockey or the horse?

Berkonomics

What if you were the investor and someone walked into your office handing you a business plan executive summary that floored you with its brilliance? Early stage investors have been arguing over this for years.

Once again: Is it the jockey or the horse?

Berkonomics

What if you were the investor and someone walked into your office handing you a business plan executive summary that floored you with its brilliance? Early stage investors have been arguing over this for years.

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

Frank Addante

– 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.

It’s mostly in the execution.

Berkonomics

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.

Update: Bird buys more scooters

TechCrunch LA

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.

Why Has Seed Investing Declined? And What Does this Mean for the Future?

Both Sides of the Table

Seed investments are down by any measure (funds, deals, dollars) over the past 3 years in deals < $1 million AND in deals between $1–5 million. What gives?

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

Berkonomics

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.

High Functioning vs. Low Functioning Startup Boards

Both Sides of the Table

Summary: Making Your Board More Effective Chose the right members. I’ve sat on many boards over the past 2 decades and seen my share of high-functioning boards and low-functioning boards.

Why It’s OK to Show Your Anger

Both Sides of the Table

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

Berkonomics

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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Managing Your Startup Board?—?A Short Presentation

Both Sides of the Table

Summary Boards are organizations that need managing just as you would do for your management team. Managing Your Startup Board?—?A A Short Presentation I was invited to do a keynote presentation at the Khosla Ventures CEO Summit this week in Sausalito.

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Startup Boards

Both Sides of the Table

Startups that are backed by professional financial investors almost always have a Board of Directors that consists of some set of founders, investors and sometimes independent directors.

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

InfoChachkie

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.

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

Both Sides of the Table

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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A Deep Dive into What Has Really Changed in Venture Capital

Both Sides of the Table

If you want the whole deck you can find it on SlideShare but I’ve written up a short summary with commentary below. I’ve heard a lot of people question whether there is too much money in venture capital chasing too few great deals. “We’re We’re in a new tech bubble!” some have pronounced.

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

Both Sides of the Table

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

Both Sides of the Table

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

socalTECH

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

SoCal CTO

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 ).

Document Your MVP for a Developer

SoCal CTO

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

InfoChachkie

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.