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AlleyTalk - There’s something to be said for experience, and last week Columbia, one of the oldest colleges in the country, kicked off its first annual #StartupColumbia entrepreneurs competition with a fireside chat entitled New Venture...
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AlleyTalk - You’ve locked yourself out of your apartment - again. You pull out your phone, find a locksmith, make the call, wait forever for the guy to show up. Door’s open, you’re in – but you’re also out a couple hundred bucks . In...
Why No One Will Invest in You
Advice - I often have discussions with people who have a great idea and are thinking of quitting their job to pursue it. However, they have fixed costs (rent, car payments, etc.) and can’t afford to work for free. Instead, they want to raise...
Pre-Funding Tactics-The Art of Pitching Without Pitching
Advice - Don’t start to pitch Venture Capitalists until you’ve tested their likely level of interest in your startup.  This means making the effort and spending the time to build relationships with potential VC’s before you ask for...
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AlleyTalk - Jeffrey Silverman explains what he does as assisting “the entrepreneur in developing their strategic plans, reviewing their operations” and “developing their sales and marketing strategy.” Silverman is both an Advisor at C3...
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AlleyTalk - Peerform, a New York City based peer-to-peer lending startup, has raised $1m in seed funding. The round was led by Corporest Development, a European investment firm. Peerform was founded in 2010 by Mikael Rapaport and Meytal...
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AlleyTalk - Venture capitalist Matt Turck, who holds degrees from Sciences Po (also known as Paris Institute of Political Studies) and Yale Law School, has also had notable success in the startup world. In 1999, Turck successfully co-founded...
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Advice - Not long ago, I sat patiently in my CEO’s spare bedroom while his mother removed her belongings from the family desk so I could work there for the day. We had no corporate office, no employees and no paychecks. Luckily for us, what...
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AlleyTalk - Here at ValueStream Labs, we’ve spent a lot of time thinking about crowdfunding and online lending businesses, which have been making headlines for the past two years. Though revenue crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter have garnered...
Pitch Decks and Executive Summaries-Why Less is Always More
Advice - Most investors don’t read lengthy business plans. When they receive them they file them in the trash. They are time crunched, overrun with pitches and often have short attention spans. So delivering your message and information in a...
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Accelerators - StartUp Health, a global startup platform accelerating innovation in health and wellness, just announced the addition of 16 new companies to its StartUp Health Academy, a long-term entrepreneurship program and community designed to...
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AlleyTalk - Michael Beller has been entrepreneurial for over 20 years - and knows a thing or two about how to grow a business. His skills range from managing operations to e-commerce planning and implementation. His investments are primarily...
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AlleyTalk - Despite high hopes and big-name investors many startups fall short of the initial public offering or acquisition finish line and eventually fail. To learn a little bit more about startup mortality CB Insights, a venture capital and...
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Accelerators - In case you haven’t heard, health tech entrepreneurs are taking NYC by storm. For their 5th demo day, Blueprint Health, a major player at the epicenter of this movement, attracted a legion of industry heavy-hitters like Pfizer,...
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Advice - I read an interesting blog post recently titled, Why Early-Stage VCs Should Be Careful About Intros from Bankers (update: he has since back peddled on the title). The author, Mark Suster, posits that entrepreneurs should carry the...
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Advertising - When you have clients like Verizon, P&G, Nestle, Kraft, AT&T and Sony… When you’re showing a 300% increase in monthly recurring revenue since 2013… When it’s time to raise your next round so that you can expand into more...

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