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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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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Part of Getting It Done: The Element of Time

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Part of Getting It Done: The Element of Timededicate, 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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Mental Exercise: Lumosity Recommendation

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Mental Exercise: Lumosity Recommendationgames, 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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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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Value of a Startups Offering: Measuring Disruption

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Value of a Startups Offering: Measuring Disruptionadoption, disruption, growth, New York, product, scalable, startups, value

by vanessaalexandra on July 22, 2013 with 0 comment

When reviewing companies we look at what the product actually does.   How does it work?   Why should anyone care?   What is the relationship between your product and your customer? The simple way to look at it is defining the measure of disruption as a function of benefit to the customer and the …

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Value of Thank You emails

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Value of Thank You emailscareers, 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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What to Look for in a Startup Companystartups, value

by vanessaalexandra on November 20, 2012 with 0 comment

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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