Working with Founders

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Working with FoundersEntrepreneur, founders, operations, optimize, startups, VC

by vanessaalexandra on January 5, 2018 with 0 comment

After closing we will meet with the founders and have a deeper conversation around early goals, what their plans are, and provide feedback. Depending on the product stage or stage in seed – because yes, it has become that broad – we will provide help in the following formats. If we are first institutional money …

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East Coast vs West Coast Investors: A Difference in Perspective on Seed Investment

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East Coast vs West Coast Investors: A Difference in Perspective on Seed Investmentangel investors, Entrepreneur, fundraising, New York, startups, value, VC

by vanessaalexandra on March 1, 2015 with 1 comment

There are many differences between the startup scenes in the east coast and west coast.  The west coast overall is a much more mature market with a lot more capital to put to work and east coast, primarily New York, has exploded in the last few years.  I meet with New York investors and their surprise …

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Insights into Fundraising

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Insights into Fundraisingcapital raise, education, Entrepreneur, fundraising, pitching

by vanessaalexandra on October 15, 2014 with 0 comment

This morning I presented the content below for a group of founders that are in the process of raising their Seed or A rounds.  It is what I have learned from evaluating many companies, market strategies, revenue models and investment opportunities.   I believe every pitch should have clear, direct content with digestible metrics and logic …

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Raising Capital: Working with Angel Groups

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Raising Capital: Working with Angel Groupsangel investors, capital raise, Entrepreneur, fundraising

by vanessaalexandra on November 4, 2013 with 0 comment

This Wednesday I will be giving a talk with two panelists on working with angel groups to raise capital.  We will cover: What is an angel group? How do they work? The Pros and Cons of going to an angel group How New York Angels operates From Application through Funding Panelists They have worked with New …

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“I’m starting a fund….” – Yes, so is everyone else

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“I’m starting a fund….” – Yes, so is everyone elseEntrepreneur, funding, fundraising, VC

by vanessaalexandra on October 16, 2013 with 0 comment

I am not  starting a fund, but I continue to hear people begin conversations this way.  Though people have advised that I should start a fund or run a fund, and there are others that simply say, ‘you do not want to start a fund.’  People with 3 to 4 funds have a very different …

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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 Innovation500 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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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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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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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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