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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Office Hours – A new way to process inbound referrals

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Office Hours – A new way to process inbound referralsnetworking

by vanessaalexandra on October 30, 2013 with 0 comment

Running an angel group like New York Angels is time consuming and loads of fun.  Within the community, I receive many referrals to meet with entrepreneurs, investors and newbies to the community.  This is an exceptional community and many of us are motivated by the idea to make great people be more effective faster, easier. …

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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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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 multiplierbusiness, 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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Get it done.

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Get it done.careers, plan

by vanessaalexandra on April 7, 2013 with 0 comment

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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