Featured Blog Posts – September 2013 Archive (8)

Angel Capital Group Open Pitch

We at Angel Capital Group have started what we call Open Pitch. 

Three local companies will be invited to pitch for 8 minutes with 5 minutes of Q&A in the 45 minutes prior to our normal monthly meeting time monthly.  There is no guarantee of funding, but due to popularity, we have started an internal mentor program to allow these Open Pitch companies to escalate to funding within ACG.  We expect it to figure prominently into the 2014 investment season.  I think you know we will be…

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Added by Eric Dobson on September 26, 2013 at 8:47am — 4 Comments

Woo Clients by Showing Instead of Telling

I'm just getting started in the freelance web development game, and I'm happy to say I just wrapped up with my first real client! I've worked in the past for people I knew, but this was the first client who came into the professional relationship cold.

If people already know you and like you, it's easy for them to decide to pay you to perform a service they need. If that prior relationship doesn't exist, they need something else that feels substantial. Many pitches to clients…

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Added by Devon Campbell on September 25, 2013 at 9:43am — 2 Comments

Fundamentals of Venture Capital

Despite the lifting of long standing prohibitions on soliciting equity capital, the fundamentals have not changed.  Investors don't invest in ideas, concepts, intellectual property, or even companies.  They invest in people in markets they like and understand.  All those other things must be present and in good standing, but focus first on the team.  In the age of the JOBS Act, marketing and sales come first, not last.  Once upon a time, marketing and sales were the last hires.  Now, with…

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Added by Eric Dobson on September 25, 2013 at 8:51am — No Comments

New SEC rules: What's all the fuss about?

We’ve heard a lot in the last couple of days about the SEC revising its private offering rules. Yes, a set of rule changes went into effect on Monday. No, these are not the crowdfunding rules! (Not yet,…

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Added by Dave Morehous on September 24, 2013 at 11:22pm — 1 Comment

Backyard Nuclear Power!

I want one of these!  Electricity and hot water from a small self-contained system!  This sounds amazing.  I just read that Toshiba is working on building these system smaller and smaller.  A "pocket nuke" or "backyard reactor" would be awesome!  Going off the grid with a little battery buried in the…

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Added by Leonard Knight on September 24, 2013 at 8:00pm — 2 Comments

Learning something new every Day! Confidentiality Agreements

As an Entrepreneur you might sign allot of these!

A non-disclosure agreement (NDA), also known as a confidentiality agreement (CA), confidential disclosure agreement (CDA), proprietary information agreement (PIA), or secrecy agreement, is a legal contract between at least two…

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Added by Victoria Caldwell on September 16, 2013 at 7:59pm — No Comments

Let’s Stop Focusing on Shiny Gadgets and Start Using Tech to Empower People ( via WIRED )

Even though Red Burns was one of the most influential figures in the tech industry over the past 30 years — most famous for co-founding the groundbreaking Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at NYU, and in a sense, the beginnings of interaction design — it’s not uncommon for…

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Added by Jason Roberts on September 8, 2013 at 11:19pm — No Comments

Investor Pitch Guide

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Added by Victoria Caldwell on September 5, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

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