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 multiplier business, creativity, Entrepreneur, startups

by vanessaalexandra on July 15, 2013 with 0 comment

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 Day big problems, demo day, startups

by vanessaalexandra on July 12, 2013 with 0 comment

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 Angels fundraising, New York Angels, pitching, startups

by vanessaalexandra on July 11, 2013 with 0 comment

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 0 comment

“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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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 Seeds Entrepreneur, health

by vanessaalexandra on July 8, 2013 with 0 comment

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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Value of Thank You emails

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Value of Thank You emails careers, opportunity, pitching, value

by vanessaalexandra on June 13, 2013 with 0 comment

The power of thank you notes and follow ups is substantial.  If someone takes time to meet with you for your startup, career, or anything else, a quick thank you email goes far.  I have met investors that use the thank you follow up as a measure of how this person treats future potential clients, …

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Four years later… Tech Business Consultant – Art Gallery Professional – Director at New York Angels

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Four years later… Tech Business Consultant – Art Gallery Professional – Director at New York Angels careers, change, growth, jobs

by vanessaalexandra on June 3, 2013 with 0 comment

It was four year ago this week that I left my safe corporate gig during the 2009 post-financial crisis meltdown and record spikes of unemployment.  I wanted something more, something interesting, something challenging.  The role I had felt limited and not challenging enough.  When I reached for more challenges, I felt a culture of “do …

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Blogging 101 Courtesy of bit.ly breakfast panel

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Blogging 101 Courtesy of bit.ly breakfast panel branding, business

by vanessaalexandra on June 1, 2013 with 0 comment

What I learned at the bit.ly breakfast panel of What your blog can do for you Being a successful blogger is about Cultivating relationships and community Being current, not passive, by responding to current things Keeping your identity and differentiate yourself from the noise in the market Knowing your audience – know what people want …

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Great idea. Now, Is it a great investment opportunity? branding, business, startups

by vanessaalexandra on May 14, 2013 with 0 comment

Entrepreneurs spend their time focusing on the product or business model, which is great because it is very important.  However, in your planning take time to think of how appealing you are as an investment opportunity and what are you doing to ensure you can build a relationship with your investors.   What do you …

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