How Startups get to Screening at New York Angels

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How Startups get to Screening at New York Angels angel investors, capital raise, funding, fundraising, New York Angels, plan, startups

by vanessaalexandra on August 14, 2013 with 0 comment

Once an application is submitted, the investors are involved from the beginning of the process.  Applications for funding are reviewed by industry experts.  This process works and we have funded companies from a cold application.  It is rare, but it has happened.   Referrals It helps if you know one of the angels and they …

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Part of Getting It Done: The Element of Time

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Part of Getting It Done: The Element of Time dedicate, growth, improvement, learn, meeting goals, optimize, plan, value

by vanessaalexandra on August 13, 2013 with 0 comment

Part of getting it done is having tangible concrete action items to help you get where you need to be.  I was speaking with a friend that has a major project to take on and whilst we discuss the first big action item, I ask (knowing his bad habits), “When will you have it done?” …

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DreamIt Demo Day: Positive Differences

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DreamIt Demo Day: Positive Differences demo day, DreamIt, early stage, fashion, games, geolocation, New York, pitching, startups

by vanessaalexandra on August 12, 2013 with 0 comment

Dreamit Demo Day was this past Wednesday, the same day I was less than well hence the delay.  There were a total of 15 companies and they did not do music intros or have a cheering section.  Each had their well prepared pitch and a table setup for investors and press to visit.  Most accelerators plan on having well …

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Mental Exercise: Lumosity Recommendation

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Mental Exercise: Lumosity Recommendation games, human brain, improvement, learn, optimize, practice, value

by vanessaalexandra on August 9, 2013 with 0 comment

Work is a type of mental exercise and it sometimes is not the right kind the brain needs in a given moment.  It’s why people will want to sometimes listen to music while they work, or prefer having careers that focus on using a different part of their brain; from a financial professional to a …

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Gary’s Red Tie and Why you should Sponsor

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Gary’s Red Tie and Why you should Sponsor branding, New York, opportunity, startups

by vanessaalexandra on August 8, 2013 with 0 comment

There are certain pillars in the startup community that are worth mentioning.  Gary Sharma is such a pillar and his guide is the best you could subscribe to learn of events in the startup space.  It is curated, informative and welcoming.  If you are trying to break into the startup space, Gary’s Guide provides listings …

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Internship Experience

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Internship Experience business, early stage, Interns, operations, optimize, startups, team

by vanessaalexandra on August 6, 2013 with 0 comment

My intern team runs from 5 to 8 interns at any given point throughout the year.  I structure internships using a three pronged solution, the internship role will have a: Responsibility in operations to run the day to day of the business Project or duty that will impact his or her experience and growth; It has …

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New York Demo Days from 500 Startups to FinTech Innovation

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New York Demo Days from 500 Startups to FinTech Innovation 500 Startups, angel investors, demo day, DreamIt, early stage, Entrepreneur, ERA, funding, New York, startups, TechStars, VC

by vanessaalexandra on August 5, 2013 with 0 comment

Demo Days are fun events where companies leaving accelerators get an opportunity to present their progress to date and capital requirements on a well orchestrated stage in front of investors, potential partners and press.  It is a show and the momentum created by demo day is significant.  I have learned that companies get closer to …

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Is the Accelerator Model Broken?

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Is the Accelerator Model Broken? angel investors, early stage, optimize, startups, value, VC

by vanessaalexandra on August 2, 2013 with 0 comment

About a year ago and after working at New York Angels for a few months, I realized that as hot as the early stage venture scene is, I could not figure as to the number of deals being funded leant itself to prove high success for these companies in 1, 2, or more years.   …

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#GREATTech Opportunity for US Startups

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#GREATTech Opportunity for US Startups International, New York, opportunity, startups

by vanessaalexandra on August 1, 2013 with 0 comment

What is #GREATTech?  The UK Government has provided a program to encourage US based startups to expand abroad to the UK.  They are selecting five companies in the following five verticals: Hardware, Education, Lifestyle, Finance and Media.    Startups review this and see if it is for you, the deadline is September 6th. Benefits of award include:  …

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