Investment Presentation Formats

If you have bootstrapped your startup to the point where you have a business that both merits and would benefit from outside investment then you may need to consider seeking investment. Here are some common formats we have seen for an investor presentation. […]

By | 2017-02-15T23:24:12+00:00 June 13th, 2015|Funding, skmurphy|3 Comments

Successful Bootstrappers Are Trustworthy Salespeople Committed to Customer Satisfaction

If you want to be a succeed as a bootstrapper, start with what you've got: you have an insight into an opportunity, a marketing edge, a particular problem where you're going to bring distinctive value. A Bootstrapper Doesn't Wait For Investor Approval Don't wait to get started until an investor tells you [...]

By | 2015-01-14T20:22:33+00:00 July 11th, 2014|1 Idea Stage, 2 Open for Business Stage, Funding, Sales|3 Comments

Dan Scheinman’s Blue Ocean Venture Strategy: Target Entrepreneurs Over 35

Dan Scheinman (@dscheinm) graduated from Duke Law School in 1988  and went to work as an associate at DLA Piper  before joining the Cisco legal department. Once inside he worked his way up to General Counsel, then ran corporate development which included managing minority investments and acquisitions, and finally was general [...]

By | 2014-10-24T17:02:19+00:00 July 7th, 2014|5 Scaling Up Stage, Funding|1 Comment

Draper University of Heroes Takes Holistic Approach to Teaching Entrepreneurship

Tim Draper, founder of the VC firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson,  is taking a holistic approach to entrepreneurial education with his "Draper University for Heroes" in San Mateo. Here is a promo video from the school's website. [vimeo clip_id="45872530" width="400" height="300" frameborder="0"] In a planning document submitted to the City of [...]

By | 2012-12-07T13:04:18+00:00 July 30th, 2012|1 Idea Stage, Funding, skmurphy|1 Comment

Three Useful Tools: MyPermissions, SocialMention, HackerFollow

MyPermissions: Checks for third party application access to your Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, LinkedIn, Dropbox, Instagram, and Flickr accounts. SocialMention: Allows you to do keyword and phrase search across more than one hundred social media sites including Twitter, Facebook, FriendFeed, YouTube, Digg, Google, etc... HackerFollow: follow comments and posts by [...]

By | 2012-01-03T01:19:15+00:00 January 2nd, 2012|Funding, skmurphy, Startups, Tools for Startups|0 Comments

Isaac Garcia on “Bootstrapping Central Desktop” at Feb-11 BB in Milpitas

Isaac Garcia, co-founder and CEO of Central Desktop, will share "Lessons Learned Bootstrapping Central Desktop" at the Milpitas Bootstrappers Breakfast® on February 11, 2011 at 7:30am. Central Desktop delivers a SaaS collaboration platform that helps businesses manage projects and documents in the cloud with colleagues, customers and partners. Isaac Garcia [...]

By | 2015-08-26T00:01:38+00:00 January 19th, 2011|Events, Founder Story, Funding, skmurphy|1 Comment

The Venture Lifestyle Business

"Some buildings need air conditioning because they have air conditioning. Because they were designed to be air conditioned, they have no natural ventilation and would be miserable to inhabit without air conditioning." John Cook in "Maybe You Only Need It Because You Have It" I wonder if the same thing [...]

By | 2015-09-03T13:21:11+00:00 December 14th, 2010|1 Idea Stage, Funding|3 Comments

Steve Blank Plans to Crowdsource E-Schools

Steve Blank gave a thought provoking talk at the Startup Lessons Learned Conference on “Customer Development 2.0: Why Accountants Don’t Run Startups” (slides here and related blog post “Why Accountants Don’t Run Startups” which is part of a category of blog posts on “Durant vs. Sloan”).  He also referenced Robert [...]

8 Tips for Evaluating Funding Alternatives

Many entrepreneurs planning their first software startup get stuck on funding and ownership issues. Here are some simple rules of thumb that may help you reframe an issue: Revenue, especially break even revenue, is never dilutive of your ownership. The right co-founders, while dilutive, substantially increase your chances of success: [...]

By | 2017-02-15T23:24:57+00:00 October 19th, 2009|1 Idea Stage, Funding, Rules of Thumb, skmurphy|8 Comments

Prediction: Angel Investing Down in 2009

I was still mulling over the implications of yesterday's briefing by Nate Burgess when I came across "Prediction: Angel investing in 2009 will be up?" by Alexander Muse on the Texas Startup blog. Briefly his thesis is: The angel investment market hovers around $12 billion each year.  I predict that [...]

By | 2009-11-10T13:02:42+00:00 December 5th, 2008|Funding, skmurphy|2 Comments

Financial Modeling for Startups Workshop–Early Bird Ends Tomorrow

Update Tue-Sep-23: Sold Out, No Walk-ins. We will offer it again: you can sign-up to be notified of upcoming workshops We just finished our last rehearsal for next Wednesday's (Sep-24) "Financial Modeling for Startups" workshop we are doing jointly with Nathan Beckord of Venture Archetypes. I think it will be [...]

By | 2009-12-21T00:25:34+00:00 September 17th, 2008|5 Scaling Up Stage, Events, Funding, skmurphy|0 Comments

Plug and Play Expo Startup Pitches

Are you trying to raise venture capital? If so, the Plug and Play Tech Center Expo is the place to be. The full day agenda included presentations from thirty-one companies to a panelist of investors from Norwest Venture Partners, Menlo Ventures, Foundation Capital, Amidzad Ventures, and Mohr Davidow Ventures. The [...]

By | 2007-05-23T15:02:42+00:00 May 3rd, 2007|Events, Funding|0 Comments