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

by vanessaalexandra on May 14, 2013 with Comments Off on Great idea. Now, Is it a great investment opportunity?

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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New York Angels Named #1 Most Active Angel Group

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New York Angels Named #1 Most Active Angel Group angel investors, New York Angels

by vanessaalexandra on April 22, 2013 with Comments Off on New York Angels Named #1 Most Active Angel Group

In January 2012, I started working at New York Angels, a membership based group of angel investors.  We fund startup companies.  Brian Cohen, Chairman of New York Angels, would explain his bigger vision of angel investing within and beyond the New York Community and the leadership role of this organization.  To execute on this grand …

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Get it done.

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Get it done. careers, plan

by vanessaalexandra on April 7, 2013 with Comments Off on Get it done.

In an effort to make a more accomplished blog, I took a class and was ready to find the best template, plugins, pictures, structures, etc.  In the weeks to months that I was trying to find all of these elements, I learned that the time to research these things was short to non-existent.  People (colleagues, …

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Updating Investors and Interested Parties

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Updating Investors and Interested Parties capital raise, Entrepreneur, opportunity

by vanessaalexandra on March 19, 2013 with Comments Off on Updating Investors and Interested Parties

Whilst building your company, raising funds and once you have your money raised, it is smart and useful to keep key stakeholders, influencers, investors and potential helpers updated.   The best format for an update I received from a young startup company is below.  Remember to be particular on this distribution list to those that would …

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Your application for funding: Do’s and Don’ts

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Your application for funding: Do’s and Don’ts angel investors, capital raise, plan

by vanessaalexandra on March 12, 2013 with Comments Off on Your application for funding: Do’s and Don’ts

Your application for funding is a first impression to investors who have not met you or know anything about your startup.   A few good things to start with are: An accurate expression of what your product or service is  An understanding for whom your product or service is for  Throw in the team and …

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Events to Attend networking

by vanessaalexandra on November 26, 2012 with Comments Off on Events to Attend

NYTM  Just go.  New innovations and startups are fun.  This was one of the first startup events that drew me to this industry nytm.org   Entrepreneurs Roundtable  Generally a great speaker lined up and the people who put this event together are of high quality For the latest events visit: http://eranyc.com/events/ Other events I attend …

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Time and Energy for your Startup health, plan, startups

by vanessaalexandra on November 25, 2012 with Comments Off on Time and Energy for your Startup

The number of pitch and startup events has exploded in New York.  It used to be easier to find the quality as some early pioneers had useful experience, but now the noise is getting louder and like any booming industry one should be more cautious with whom they are doing business.   I asked an …

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What to Look for in a Startup Company startups, value

by vanessaalexandra on November 20, 2012 with Comments Off on What to Look for in a Startup Company

People. Market. Comprehensiveness. Intelligent team – Intelligence in industry, practicality, ability to assess situations/models/people cannot be summarized into a defined box of “Intelligent Team.”  Know that opportunities vary, but if you are not sure someone is intelligent…. Then go out and meet more people, the real stars will shine against the self-created spotlights.  Market in …

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Hebrew and Yiddish Cultural and Language Lessons New York

by vanessaalexandra on November 12, 2012 with Comments Off on Hebrew and Yiddish Cultural and Language Lessons

Working with a wonderful group of angel investors, my cultural education of Hebrew and Yiddish Cultural references continues to grow! Shana tova u’ metuka (that’s a good and sweet new year, in Hebrew) mensch – the warm giving person that understands universal good.  In short a good person  Chutzpah – from my understanding a lot …

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