Business Cards for Branding: Leverage Twitter as needed

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Business Cards for Branding: Leverage Twitter as neededbranding, networking, startups, twitter

by vanessaalexandra on July 31, 2013 with 0 comment

For the last two nights of events, I had not refreshed my source of business cards in my bag.  At first I thought O No… then I instead of just taking someone’s card, I started tweeting at people I met.  It was much faster to do this than sending an email.  At first, I did send …

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Get Locket @ERoundtable 60

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Get Locket @ERoundtable 60Ad Tech, Entrepreneur, ERA, getlocket, startups

by vanessaalexandra on July 30, 2013 with 0 comment

Last night was ER 60, the Entrepreneurs Roundtable event founded by Murat Aktihanoglu.  The roundtable includes a guest speaker from the venture community and then up to five companies are allowed to pitch.    The speaker asks questions and provides feedback, the audience also asks questions.  Then there is networking.   At ER 60 the …

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Ways to Keep Moving (Exercise) in Startup Land

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Ways to Keep Moving (Exercise) in Startup Landexercise, health, New York, startups

by vanessaalexandra on July 26, 2013 with 0 comment

Moving more and getting exercise makes you happier, smarter and can help you live longer. New Yorkers work, a lot…!  We are always trying to do more and a work day in most of the competitive industries can be quite intense.  Then you enter Startup Land where people are working on trying to get their …

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What makes a great meetup or party? The People.networking, New York Angels, party, startups, summer

by vanessaalexandra on July 24, 2013 with 0 comment

Tuesday night was the New York Angels Annual Summer Soiree and it was fantastic!  It was a mélange of members and their guests, plus portfolio CEOs, VC friends, and other friends of ours in the startup community.  It was a great venue, good food and a few fun extras to add to the spirit of …

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What do I wear? – Entrepreneurs Questions

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What do I wear? – Entrepreneurs QuestionsEntrepreneur, fashion, funding, pitching, startups

by vanessaalexandra on July 23, 2013 with 0 comment

Often enough for screenings, breakfasts and our upcoming Summer Soiree entrepreneurs, and at times investors, ask me: What should I wear?   Do I wear a suit or is business casual ok?  What do other presenters wear?      I keep my advice simple and the attire must meet two requirements: Wear what you look …

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Value of a Startups Offering: Measuring Disruption

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Value of a Startups Offering: Measuring Disruptionadoption, disruption, growth, New York, product, scalable, startups, value

by vanessaalexandra on July 22, 2013 with 0 comment

When reviewing companies we look at what the product actually does.   How does it work?   Why should anyone care?   What is the relationship between your product and your customer? The simple way to look at it is defining the measure of disruption as a function of benefit to the customer and the …

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Live Better: New Experiments of Fermented Foods and Good Bacteria

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Live Better: New Experiments of Fermented Foods and Good Bacteriahealth, startups

by vanessaalexandra on July 19, 2013 with 0 comment

The world consumes fermented foods in different ways, there is sauerkraut, kimchee, and in America we generally stick to yogurt.  In a previous post, I talked about staying cool with chia seeds and emphasized that living better is my goal.  For those who have specific health goals, the healthy habits I introduce on this blog …

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Comment on the self assessed valuation

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Comment on the self assessed valuationangel investors, capital raise, early stage, Entrepreneur

by vanessaalexandra on July 18, 2013 with 0 comment

In reviewing companies many months ago I found an unusual trend in which the pre-money valuation mode was $5M.  At the time, it seemed it was the default expression of having a startup.   “I have a startup in …. and it’s social… there’s BIG DATA…. we have MBAs…. I have never worked at nor …

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