Cash is King – Part I

When we ran an entrepreneurs bootcamp called FastracĀ® Tech Ventureā„¢, we had one module on finances.  It was often one of the liveliest conversations and pragmatically useful sessions. We would share a cash-based method of managing the startup finances.  This is not to be confused with accounting (also important but a different view of measuring […]

Son of a Pitch | pitch perfect tips from a pro

Every year we host one of the largest  pitch events in the southeast at Venture Connect, March 17-19. 100+ companies get on stage to share their story to hundreds of potential investors hoping to connect with the 3-5 that may actually invest in a company in their sector and at their stage. In addition, we […]

Event Round-Up with Jay Bigelow

Fall is often known as the season of plentyā€¦ for me, it was the month of plenty events for entrepreneurs. Last week I went to 4 (and probably said no to several more). Monday was a local angel group monthly company pitch.   We are blessed to have 6 formal angel groups here, plus several […]

Accelerating your Pitch: Techstars Event

On October 10th I attended Demo Day of the 2nd cohort of MetLife Digital Accelerator powered by Techstars. I donā€™t believe that this well-run global accelerator program gets the exposure and recognition it deserves locally but todayā€™s post is just about the pitches themselves. Big pitch events likeĀ this one, this week’sĀ Venture AtlantaĀ orĀ Ā CED Venture Connect SummitĀ are designed to […]

The Value of Angel Investors

As I have written before, raising equity capital is hard and not for everyone. The first round after your friends, family and foolsā€™ round is really hard if you havenā€™t done it before or donā€™t have a high net worth network. For most companies who need to raise capital, the first money in will come from angel investors. But angel investors are not a homogenous bunch.