by Scott E McGlon
If you really want to be proactively positioned with potential investors, you must be able to answer what I call "the critical ten". These questions remove any doubt in potential investors minds that you, as a founder of a start-up, have what it takes to get your start-up to a self-sustaining business.
Over the past few years, "boiler plate" answers, "canned" presentations, and flying start-up lingo and buzz-words are in almost every executive summary, business plan, and/or start-up presentations to seed, angels, or VC's. If you get nothing out of this blog entry, take the following with you: show sincere passion and be yourself. There is nothing more unappealing than listening to a young founder going over-the-top to try impress the investor(s). My simple advice to every start-up is to be upfront, honest, and straight-forward with the answers to the following questions:
Relax! Being cool under pressure defines confidence with an audience that knows it well. Understanding these questions and presenting the right answers will determine the level of success you achieve with any investor that you get in front of.
Now, go get'em!
Scott E McGlon is the President of McGlon Properties, LLC and the author of many blog post on MP Blog. He has been a serial entrepreneur, investor, and president of many successful start-ups since 1998.
MP, LLC credits blog post with the original author and links (if available).
Scott E McGlon is the President of McGlon Properties, LLC and the author of many blog post on MP Blog. He has been a serial entrepreneur, entrepreneur-in-residence, investor, and president/CEO of many successful start-ups since 1998.
“Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." - Winston Churchill
"The few who actually
go out and take extraordinary initiatives are the envy of the majority who sit back and just observe."
“The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand.” - Psalm 37:23-24
“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great people make you feel that you, too, can become great.”
"It is more important in what you become than what you achieve. What are you going to become in pursuit of what you want?" - John Marsh, Marsh Collective
“Work harder on yourself than you do on your job" - Jim Rohn
"The secret to success is very simple: EVERYDAY if you do quality work, take initiative, act on innovative thoughts, and are assertive in your actions all backed by faith, the dividends will consistently flow your way." - SEM