Updates for Investors: Case Example of Planted

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Updates for Investors: Case Example of Plantedstartups, Uncategorized, VC

by vanessaalexandra on January 9, 2018 with 0 comment

Keeping your investors up to date in a structured format helps keep your time free from random inquiries and it forces you to reflect on your progress and needs. Being forced to summarize your wins, challenges and asks helps you plan better for your next goals. As fund managers, we keep to this practice with …

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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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Leaving Corporate: Before taking the Big Leap

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Leaving Corporate: Before taking the Big Leapcareers, change, ERA, jobs, Lean In, networking, opportunity, startups, VC

by vanessaalexandra on August 16, 2013 with 0 comment

Leaping from corporate, where your world is comfortable, is tough to do.  I had a dinner with former colleagues recently and I asked one if he felt challenged at work and if he was learning, he became very tense and rigidly responded, “No comment.”  Apparently I hit a nerve, but I had not seen this …

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Action Items from Meetings, Encounters and "Coffees"!

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Action Items from Meetings, Encounters and "Coffees"!early stage, learn, meeting goals, mentors, startups, value

by vanessaalexandra on August 15, 2013 with 0 comment

In my experience of meeting with companies and colleagues in the startup / early stage venture community, I found that meetings were great to learn about each other, but quickly realized that connections are not made if action items do not follow.   Entrepreneurs and peers alike do not always have this element when wrapping …

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How Startups get to Screening at New York Angels

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How Startups get to Screening at New York Angelsangel 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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DreamIt Demo Day: Positive Differences

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DreamIt Demo Day: Positive Differencesdemo 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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Gary’s Red Tie and Why you should Sponsor

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Gary’s Red Tie and Why you should Sponsorbranding, 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 Experiencebusiness, 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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