Posts By: Matthew Cleek
How to Build a Winning Team
How to Create a Strategy, Vision and Mission
How to Create an Advisory Board
How to Get Funding
How to Improve Your Company
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How to kill a mockingbird? The best way to kill a mockingbird is to keep your sights set on the goals and dreams that drove you to create your startup. The fact that your company’s mockingbird exists at all is proof that you are onto something.
A fair number of really smart, well-prepared entrepreneurs get tripped up, stumble around and eventually fall to the ground when they make their startup funding pitches to the Angel Investment Group that I am a part of.
Every scalable startup will require external funding. A great team with an amazing idea where there is a clear demand is still DOA without the finances to make it happen.
“Seed funding has become the ‘participation award’ of startups.”
You can be a successful entrepreneur.You’ve just graduated and are ready to put all of that knowledge and energy to use. Admittedly, a great deal of your practical knowledge was picked up outside the classroom – like the time you broke into the Dean’s office with.. how long ago was that? Nevermind, the statute of limitations hasn’t passed.
How do we get there? Remember that your organization’s vision is the destination.
Earlier this year, I talked about The Value of Vision… Notice I didn’t say the “value of a Vision statement.” It is essential to understand your organization’s dreams for the future, prior to coming up with the pretty words you put on paper and hang in conference rooms. So, how does an organization clarify its vision?
The words were NOT an accurate reflection of the company I worked for.