I was chatting with a founder recently and mentioned my trip to SF end September. OK, my sample size is very small, but from VC to startups there was no avoiding the pervasive sense the startup funding environment was tightening, or going to tighten soon. I noted to my friend that this definitely seems like a time […]
The “is there or isn’t there a bubble in venture” discussion has mostly focused on whether the momentum behind venture financing is showing signs of weakness, whether valuations are (way?) over extended and when, how and why this might unravel. Some say yes, some say no. But most bubbles are only evident after the fact […]
The Form vs Substance Challenge for Female Founders Like anyone who has built a portfolio of early stage investments I spot patterns. In my case, focusing on gender diverse founding teams, some of those patterns are pretty glaring. Here’s a big one: a clear gender based disconnect stands out between what I see as “form vs substance” […]
Warning: this may stop you in your tracks and make you think long and hard about your company…
I was honored to talk to the latest cohort at Ari Horie’s Women’s Startup Lab accelerator in Menlo Park recently. As we closed a discussion of early stage investing I offered up three high level pieces of advice on achieving startup success. This was based on my observations of shared winning behaviors of startups I have had the privilege […]
Pitch deck startup advice can go in several directions in terms of the residual outcome. It’s important to understand the advice founders receive is often a mirror of what advisors would do themselves given the same set of circumstances. Experts suggest that founders use different methods to present their pitch decks to leverage their visibility.
Key advice to angels on risk, respect and smart financial decisions.
I recently attended a great panel discussion on Startup Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) by The CFO Leadership Council. Chris Hering from NetSuite was the moderator and the speakers were Melissa Stepanis from Silicon Valley Bank, Christina Calvanesco from Eyeview and Kim Armor from Comcast Ventures. These were my four key takeaways: Keep your list of KPIs short and relevant KPIs are clear for the growing number of SaaS models […]
From one CEO to another: how to get the most out of your board meetings.
How do you make your pitch deck perfect? There is no real way to achieve perfection, but quite a few online resources will help you get close to doing so. SlideShare is on among some of the most resourceful places to look. NextView, LinkedIn and Pitchenvy are the names of a few more online tools, which will make your deck pitch perfect.
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