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 Comments Off on What do I wear? – Entrepreneurs Questions

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 Comments Off on Value of a Startups Offering: Measuring Disruption

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 Comments Off on Live Better: New Experiments of Fermented Foods and Good Bacteria

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 Comments Off on Comment on the self assessed valuation

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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This is the End: an example of the idea and execution multiplier

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This is the End: an example of the idea and execution multiplierbusiness, creativity, Entrepreneur, startups

by vanessaalexandra on July 15, 2013 with Comments Off on This is the End: an example of the idea and execution multiplier

I just saw “This is the End,“the idea is celebrities attempting to survive during the apocalypse.  It is a ridiculous and offensive comedy.  I laughed plenty and as of July 14th the movie brought in over $90M with a production budget of $32M.     Upon leaving the theater, I told my partner in crime that we …

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FinTech Innovation Lab Demo Day

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FinTech Innovation Lab Demo Daybig problems, demo day, startups

by vanessaalexandra on July 12, 2013 with Comments Off on FinTech Innovation Lab Demo Day

FinTech Demo Day has companies of early and later stages all trying to solve big, complex problems that are challenging to execute given the barriers to entry in the market.  The companies were mostly B2B and worked closely with mentors at banks to understand how to be “must have” and not just a “nice to …

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The Fun of Screening Day at New York Angels

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The Fun of Screening Day at New York Angelsfundraising, New York Angels, pitching, startups

by vanessaalexandra on July 11, 2013 with Comments Off on The Fun of Screening Day at New York Angels

Yesterday morning was the screening day at the New York Angels where we have companies pitch for funding.  On a monthly basis, we review 14-16 companies in two rooms running concurrently.  Selected from our pre-screen process and referrals by members – it lends itself to be an exciting morning.   What really happens Companies are …

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Startups’ Financial Projections: Planning and Thinking!

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Startups’ Financial Projections: Planning and Thinking!capital raise, fundraising, plan

by vanessaalexandra on July 10, 2013 with Comments Off on Startups’ Financial Projections: Planning and Thinking!

“Why do we ask for financial projections?”  What??! Time and again you hear investors say that whatever financial projections there were at the start prior to investment with an early stage company, they change greatly after a few months, year, and so on.  So why do we care…?   Well, the basic things at a …

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Citibike Tips and Impressive Big Data Stats

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Citibike Tips and Impressive Big Data Statscities, commute, health

by vanessaalexandra on July 9, 2013 with Comments Off on Citibike Tips and Impressive Big Data Stats

Citibike has hit New York and people are riding.  I can count at least 3 citibike riders at any given point when I am on 8th or 9th avenue south of 34th street.  The numbers lend themselves to this truth.  There has been a total of 1.4 million miles ridden since launch and there are …

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Staying Cool in NY Startup Land Heat Wave: Embrace Chia Seeds

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Staying Cool in NY Startup Land Heat Wave: Embrace Chia SeedsEntrepreneur, health

by vanessaalexandra on July 8, 2013 with Comments Off on Staying Cool in NY Startup Land Heat Wave: Embrace Chia Seeds

Staying hydrated in the heat wave is incredibly important.  I stick to fruits – grapes, berries, oranges – any fruit that has a good amount of water when consuming.  However, running around in this heat to meetings or using your Citibike to get to meetups, overheating is highly likely.  Particularly with the amount of coffee …

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