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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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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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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The Fun of Screening Day at New York Angels

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The Fun of Screening Day at New York Angelsfundraising, New York Angels, pitching, startups

by vanessaalexandra on July 11, 2013 with 0 comment

Yesterday morning was the screening day at the New York Angels where we have companies pitch for funding.  On a monthly basis, we review 14-16 companies in two rooms running concurrently.  Selected from our pre-screen process and referrals by members – it lends itself to be an exciting morning.   What really happens Companies are …

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