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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Initial Pitch Deck: Getting to the next step with seed investorsUncategorized

by vanessaalexandra on August 8, 2017 with 0 comment

I have been reviewing pitch decks for investment as well as serving as VC in Residence at Friends of eBay and speaking on more panels lately. In all of these instances, these questions always arise “What should I include in my pitch deck?” “How do I get an investor’s attention?” Some decks are too heavy on everything …

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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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Angel Investing In Action Panel at Pipeline Fellows Conference

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Angel Investing In Action Panel at Pipeline Fellows Conferenceangel investors, early stage, Lean In, learn, Women

by vanessaalexandra on February 28, 2014 with 0 comment

It was a pleasure to moderate the Angel Investing in Action panel. The panelists were an excellent mix with Carol Curley, an experienced angel investor with diverse investment strategy; Anil Dash, an entrepreneur and active startup advisor; and Albert Wenger Partner at USV and angel investor. The goal was to educate the audience, the new …

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Angel Groups 101: an overview

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Angel Groups 101: an overviewangel investors, early stage

by vanessaalexandra on January 22, 2014 with 1 comment

I have been at the New York Angels for the last two years, and in that time we have grown to be the Most Active Angel Group.  I am tremendously proud of this achievement and it is made possible with a  group of actively participating members.  After a conversation with a friend, Tak Lo, I realized that there were …

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

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

by vanessaalexandra on March 12, 2013 with 0 comment

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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