2/26/13
Posted at 19:11h, 26 Feb 2013 by Bonnie Halper 1 Comments 135 Likes Share
Good morning, All, They’re called angels for a reason: there you are, more or less unproven as an entrepreneur, attempting to get your company off the ground and all you seem to hit are brick walls. Suddenly, an early stage investor appears, as if from above, and your whole world changes: you’re enterprise now has a fighting chance. But how do you get to them? There’s the angel list, of course, and the New York Angels and the Arc Angels. Angels tend to show up at events, too – especially pitch events, if you know who they are and how to approach them. Another idea? Bring on an advisor or two who are subject matter experts, and if you can, find ones who have been successful entrepreneurs. Keep them involved and updated. Prove yourself and one of them might well turn into your angel. A bit of history: contrary to popular misconception, Tony Hsieh did not f...
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2/19/13
Posted at 19:10h, 19 Feb 2013 by Bonnie Halper 1 Comments 135 Likes Share
Good morning, All, Yes, there are three categories: Entrepreneurs build businesses Wantrepreneurs are in it for the cool factor and are the online equivalent to people who look at houses and never pull the trigger. Realtors have a term for it: ‘playing dolls.’ Nontrepreneurs – there can be so many definitions here. We think of […]
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2/12/13
Posted at 19:09h, 12 Feb 2013 by Bonnie Halper 1 Comments 135 Likes Share
Good morning, All, So said Kelley Boyd, who spoke at our first SOS speaker event of the year (The Lean Movement: What You Need to Do – And Why You Probably Won’t Do It.) It really was a great presentation (sorry we didn’t record it – but we will try to have a video available for our next event, for those of you in far-off places). It was only one of the many points she covered, and although she didn’t cover this one until the end, we’re glad it was there, her point being that people talk the talk, because they can’t walk the walk. Try to be better coordinated: you learned how to walk and talk by the time you were, what, two? Apply those principles to your business and maybe, just maybe, you won't fall down. We work in an industry rife with people who fake it till they make it. In fact, it’s a mantra for many - and it detracts from us all. In any other industry they were be marked as scammers or grifters. Or people who ...
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2/5/13
Posted at 19:08h, 05 Feb 2013 by Bonnie Halper 1 Comments 135 Likes Share
Good morning, All, We will not be attending SxSW this year. Unless you have a reason to be there, save your money and your energy. Last year we had lunch with Brian Cohen (New York Angels) upon his return and he asked why we hadn’t attended. “Why did I need to be there?” I asked. “Because we were all there,” he answered, meaning investors. It’s true. They are all there. So, if you do decide to go, how do you make the most of it? And this is more or less a general checklist for any conference that goes over several days, like Social Media Week, which is coming up this month in ten cities around the world, and which we will attend. Remember: neither is a sprint. Both are marathons: 1. Do your homework before you go. SxSW attendees: check the angel list and the VC funds and target the ones who invest in your vertical: they’ll be there. 2. Network, networ...
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