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Roundtable Recap: July 28 – Investors And Incubators Need To Look At Pre-Incubation

Posted on Thursday, Jul 28th 2011

This week, I’ve had several meetings with venture funds, incubators, corporate accelerators and other significant players in the startup eco-system. One theme seems to come up over and again, especially from geographies outside Silicon Valley: lack of a reliable pipeline of deals. On July 1, 2006, commenting on the Indian startup scenario, I had written a blog post called Too Much Money, Too Few Deals. Today, the Indian scenario has improved greatly, but still the issue of lack of a mature deal flow remains. The same applies to Malaysia, where our partner, the MAD Incubator, is in search of 10 good deals to put through the 1M/1M program. And it also applies to many different parts of the United States where startup activity is still a relatively small portion of economic development.

In many of these cases, the funds or the accelerators want to put in $100,000 to $500,000 in select ventures but are having a hard time finding mature entrepreneurs to support.

To those in our eco-system who are facing this problem around the globe, I have the following suggestion: Instead of giving $100,000 to one startup, give $1,000 each to 100 startups, and put a larger number of entrepreneurs in your community through 1M/1M. Announce one or two $100,000 prizes that only those entrepreneurs who have gone through and completed at least 60 hours of 1M/1M curriculum would be eligible for.

I am pretty sure that the pipeline in your community will be of a significantly higher quality within six months.

During this week’s roundtable, we had three startups presenting.

iFood.tv
First, Vikrant Mathur from Menlo Park, California, discussed iFood.tv, a video recipe network where chefs, cook-book authors, etc. share their videos, and over three million culinary arts enthusiasts consume them. An ad-supported network, the company has achieved over $1 million in revenue and is profitable. It is currently evaluating options and strategies for growth and the possibility of additional financing. Today’s discussion was largely about those options. I like the company a lot, and being an enthusiast of the  culinary arts myself, I look forward to using the site.

In fact, on a small side note, I want to draw your attention to a series that is currently running on my blog called The Next European Renaissance in which I have discussed culinary arts as an area where I’d like to see more innovation that is enabled by technology. The series is a followup to my earlier series, Silicon Valley: The Next Decade where I discussed the Valley’s next renaissance. While I was in Europe recently, I had a chance to think more deeply about the role Europe ought to be playing in that and other Renaissance movements around the world.

PartingOut
Next, Kevin Fullerton, from Graham, Texas, pitched PartingOut, an online exchange for after-market auto parts that are beyond the top 10 to 20 that most parts dealers sell. Kevin is a 1M/1M premium member, and he has a deep understanding and domain knowledge of the ‘salvage’ business as it is called. Kevin has come up with a rather subtle idea for tapping into the parts that are beyond the top 10 to 20, where most of the market is focused. I look forward to working further with Kevin on building this business.

Healthcare e-Market
Then Dr. Adarsh Patil from Bangalore, India, presented Heathcare e-Market, again, an online exchange for the medical tourism industry where patients and providers around the globe would transact to find the best solutions for the medical tourism needs. The business model Adarsh is proposing is a per lead compensation structure, which seems perfectly reasonable. However, the business is at a pure concept stage, and most of the details are yet to be fleshed out. I like the idea, but to go from idea to financing, there is a long road for Adarsh to travel still.

You can select the business you like best of those discussed today through a poll on the 1M/1M Facebook page.

The recording of today’s roundtable can be found here. Recordings of previous roundtables are all available here

I would very much like to hear about your business, so let me invite you to come and pitch at one of our free 1M/1M public roundtables. We will be holding future roundtables at 8:00 a.m. PDT on the following dates:

Thursday, August 4, Register Here.
Thursday, August 11, Register Here.
Thursday, August 25, Register Here.

And if you want a deeper relationship with me, you are very welcome to join the 1M/1M premium program. If you have any questions about the program, please, first study the website, especially What to expect from the 1M/1M premium program and the FAQs. You can also take the 1M/1M self-assessment test here. If you have additional questions, please email me, and I would be very happy to respond. Please note, that I work exclusively with 1M/1M entrepreneurs.

I also invite you to join the 1M/1M mailing list for the ease and convenience of getting updates. This way we can stay in touch and it will help you to decide if 1M/1M is a program for you.

This segment is a part in the series : Roundtable Recap


. October 16 - Carnival In The Cloud in India with Sharad Sharma and Ravi Gururaj
. October 9 - Carnival in the Cloud with Naren Gupta, Nexus Venture Partners
. October 2 - Carnival In The Cloud with Brian Jacobs, Emergence Capital
. September 25 - From E-Commerce to Web 3.0 with Tod Francis, Shasta Ventures
. September 18 - From eCommerce to Web 3.0 with Jason Stoffer, Partner, Maveron
. September 11 - Lots Of Uncut Diamonds
. September 4 - From eCommerce To Web 3.0 With Gus Tai, Trinity Ventures
. August 28 - Interesting Businesses Amidst End Of Summer Blues
. August 14 - Be Careful About Funding Assumptions
. August 7 - You Can’t Have The Cake And Eat It Too
. July 31 - Does Your Idea Scale?
. July 17 - Avoid Pipe Dreams, Look for Pragmatic Solutions
. July 10 - Beware of Free Loaders!
. June 26 - USA Qualifies in 2014 World Cup Soccer
. June 19 - Please Articulate Your Investment Thesis
. June 12 - Celebrating Freshdesk’s $31M Series D Funding
. May 29 - Get A Diagnostic On Fundability
. May 22 - Homework Is Key
. May 8 - Discussion On UltraLight Startups
. May 1 - Women, Children and Entrepreneurship
. April 10 - Chisel Your Raw Ideas To Find a Viable Positioning
. April 24 - Series A Pitch Needs Clarity On Hard Numbers
. March 27 - Bootstrapping Using a Paycheck Trend
. March 20 - Spotlight on Penn Students
. March 6 - You’re Never Too Old To Startup
. February 27 - Confidentiality is Overrated
. February 20 - In The Wake of WhatsApp
. February 6 - First Time, From Barbados
. January 30 - Value Proposition Needs To Be Laser Sharp
. January 23 - All Emerging Market Ventures
. January 16 - Investors Fund Businesses, Not Concepts
. January 9 - Startup Mentoring Takes Patience
. December 19 - Final One For 2013
. December 12 - Spotlight on Kae Capital, India
. December 5 - Seed India Book Launch
. November 14 - Do Your Competitive Analysis
. October 31 - Book Launch – Feminine Feminism
. October 24 - Bootstrapping Strategies
. October 10 - Try To Minimize Capital Risk
. October 3 - Devil Lies In The Details
. September 26 - Launch Of A New Book
. September 19 - SMB Focused Offerings
. September 12 - Peer Validation Is Irrelevant
. September 5 - Mentoring Networks Do Not Work
. August 29 - Window Into Pakistan
. August 22 - All Indian Affair
. July 25 - Equity Financing From Customers
. July 18 - Awake in Australia
. July 11 - A Romp Through Some Global Entrepreneurship Hubs
. June 20 - Three Indians
. June 6 - Fashion Apps
. May 30 - Rackspace Cloud - 1M/1M Startup Challenge Finals
. May 23 - Turning Dreams Into Cash
. May 16 - Calculate Your TAM Accurately
. May 9 - Promising Portfolio From India
. May 2 - Tech Recruitment in Bulgaria; Custom Fashion in India; Incubator-in-a-Box
. April 25 - IT For Cleantech IN, Cleantech OUT
. April 18 - From Singapore To Israel
. April 11 - India’s Startup Industry Has A Major Gap – Product Marketing
. April 4 - Don’t Waste Your Time
. March 28 - Positioning And Focus Create Fast Sales Cycles
. March 21 - Differentiation Is Key
. March 14 - Spotlight On ProductNation, India
. March 7 - The Diabetics Epidemic
. February 21 - Damsels In Distress
. February 14 - Stealth Is Overrated
. February 7 - Joint Session with Startup Weekend
. January 31 - Return On Investment
. January 24 - Meet The One Million Club
. January 17 - Winners Of The Second New Year Challenge 2013 Final
. January 10 - Winners of the New Year Challenge 2013 First Final
. January 3 - Last Few Hours To Vote For 1M/1M New Year Challenge 2013
. December 20 - New Year Challenge Voting Round Begins
. December 13 - Focus On Artificial Intelligence
. December 11 - IBM SmartCamp Barcelona
. December 6 - New Year Challenge 2013
. November 29 - An Inside View Into Mentoring 2.0
. November 15 - Democratization Of Startup Financing
. November 8 - Never Too Old To Startup
. Kolkata MUST Clinch This Time
. October 26 - Emerging Kerala
. October 18 - Carbon Trading In Bulgaria
. October 11 - Don’t Wait For Someone To Fund Your Alpha
. October 4 - Kolkata 1M/1M Pitch-Fest
. September 13 - Five 1M/1M Ambassadors Win Scholarships
. September 6 - OrangeScape Launches KiSSFLOW
. August 30 - Hybrid Business Models
. August 23 - Attention, FinTech Entrepreneurs!
. August 2 - The Free Rider Problem
. July 26 - Date First, Don’t Rush Into A Marriage
. July 19 - Winners Of A&N Media-Elance Contest With Kings College, London
. July 12 - Spotlight On Western Massachusetts
. July 5 - The Challenge Of Navigating Long Sales Cycles
. June 21 - Spotlight On Colorado
. June 19 - Winners Of The A&N Media-Elance Contest With London School Of Economics SU Entrepreneurs & European Student Startups
. June 14 - Winners Of The A&N Media-Elance Contest With Imperial College, London
. June 7 - Winners Of Second BlueSnap-Elance Finals
. June 4 - Winners Of First BlueSnap-Elance Finals
. May 31 - Go, Kolkata!
. May 22 - Winners Of TechHub-A&N Media Battle Of The Startups Contest In London Win 1M/1M Scholarships
. May 10 - BlueSnap-Elance Contest Applications Deadline This Weekend
. May 3 - Some Wonderful Opportunities With Corporate Partners
. April 26 - A Rare Women-Only Session
. April 19 - Tyranny Of The TAM
. April 12 - More From Indian Entrepreneurs
. April 3 - Rendezvous In Bangalore
. March 15 - Spotlight On 3 Day Startup Tel-Aviv
. March 12 - Winners Of Microsoft Israel Scholarships
. March 1 - Strategy Gaps Need To Be Plugged
. February 23 - Microsoft Israel To Offer 1M/1M Scholarships
. February 16 - What’s Happening In Turkey?
. February 9 - Are You Fundable?
. February 2 - YCombinator vs. 1M/1M
. January 26th - Spotlight On Jacksonville, Florida
. January 19 - Are Media Sites Fundable?
. January 12-13 - Spotlight On IIT Kharagpur, India
. January 5 - ERP Galore
. December 22 - Free Apps, Ad-Supported Business Models => Dangerous!
. December 15 - Web 3.0 And Social Dancing; Romania Emerging
. December 8 - Three Open Opportunities For 2012
. December 1 - 1M/1M Premium Company Freshdesk Wins Funding From Accel Partners
. November 17 - Business Schools And Early Stage Entrepreneurship
. November 3 - VCs Are Not Always Right
. October 27 - Check Out Stanzr
. October 20 - Non-profits And For-profits
. October 13 - FREE Is Not A Business Model
. October 6 - Dedicated To Steve Jobs, Reinforcing Mission To Restructure Capitalism
. September 29 - From Poland To Argentina
. September 22 - How Do You Catalyze A Region’s Entrepreneurship?
. September 15 - Do Your Homework First
. September 8 - A View Into Israeli Start-ups
. September 1 - Fall Call To Action
. August 25 - How To Use Twitter For Lead Generation
. August 11 - Menlo Park And The Silicon Valley Renaissance
. August 4 - How Do You Bootstrap Freemium Ventures?
. July 28 - Investors And Incubators Need To Look At Pre-Incubation
. July 21 - Crowd Sourced Funding Exchanges - An Emerging Trend
. June 30 - Continued International Participation
. June 23 - New Assessment Tool For Entrepreneurs
. June 16 - Exciting Companies Lined Up For Microsoft Startup Grant Finals
. June 9 - Silicon Valley
. June 2 - 1M/1M And Incubators - What We Have Learned
. May 26 - Twitter, LinkedIn - Why Not Affiliates?
. May 19, Making Money From Blogs
. May 12 - Two Really Cool Companies
. May 5 - Ownership Matters
. April 28 - Guerrilla P.R. & SEO Most Profitable Customer Acquisition Strategies
. April 21- Incubators Are Reaching Out To 1M/1M
. April 17 - High-Octane Energy In Pune
. April 16 - 1M/1M Partners With Indian Angel Network Incubator
. April 9 - 1M/1M Announces Partnership With TiE Chennai
. April 6 - 1M/1M Announces Important Partnership With MAD Incubator, Malaysia
. March 31 - Microsoft’s $100,000 India Startup Challenge Grant
. March 24 - 75th Session Spotlights The Midwest
. March 17 - Spotlight On Latin And Central America
. March 10 - Spotlight On India
. March 3 - Spotlight On The Northwest
. February 24 - VCs, Angels, Incubators, Accelerators – What Are You Doing With Your Rejects?
. February 17 - Indian Company Plugs Gap In Google’s Enterprise Solution
. February 10 - When Keywords Are Competitive
. February 3 - Indian Entrepreneurs Are Maturing
. January 27 - Non-Dilutive Financing Through Revenue Sharing
. January 20 - Personalization Remains An Open Problem
. January 13 - Top 10 Online Advertising Trends For The Decade
. January 6 - Top 10 Vertical and Social Web Trends For The Decade
. December 16 - Top 10 Tech Trends To Watch
. December 9 - Where Should You Raise Money?
. December 2 - Niche Marketplace Businesses Can Be Interesting
. November 18 - Not Coming To The Rescue Of Victory
. November 11 - African Tech Entrepreneurs Emerging
. November 4 - Premium Lounge Sneak Preview
. October 28 – Convert Potential Competitors To Partners
. October 21 - Bootstrapping Comes In Many Flavors
. October 14 - Professional Investors Do Not Invest In $20 Million Markets
. October 7 - Try To Get At Least $2M Pre-Money In Seed Round Valuation
. September 30 - Investors Don't Fund Broad Ideas
. September 23 - Do Not Spray And Pray
. September 16 – 5 Cloud Computing Opportunities for Entrepreneurs
. September 9 - Open Opportunities In Cloud Computing And Rural BPO
. September 2 - Find High Velocity Channels
. August 26 - 85%-90% Of Search Traffic Comes From Organic Search
. August 19 - Niche E-Commerce Is Great For Bootstrapping
. August 5 - Paying Customers =>Validation =>Valuation
. July 29 - Startups In Malaysia
. July 22 - Bootstrap Using Services
. July 15 - A Market Of Late Adopters
. July 8 - The EJ Methodology
. July 1 - Get Your Pricing Model Validated
. June 24 – Three Startups That Can Hit One Million Dollars
. June 17 – Online Education Startups
. June 10 – Efficient Targeting
. June 3 – Defining Market Segments
. May 27 – Is The Venture Worth Your Time?
. May 20 – Validation, Validation, Validation
. May 6 – Defining Value Proposition
. April 29 – Finding The Right Direction
. April 22 – The Original Runners
. April 15 – Small Is OK; The Goal Is Profitability
. April 8 – A Focus On E-Commerce
. April 1 – Bootstrapping Tips
. March 25 – A Mixed Bag Of Advice

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