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.
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Scott E McGlon is the President of McGlon Properties, LLC and the author of many blog posts on MP Blog. He has been a serial entrepreneur, entrepreneur-in-residence, investor, and president/CEO of many successful start-ups since 1998.
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