Posted on Thursday, Sep 30th 2010
At today’s roundtable I had a disturbing experience.
One of the entrepreneurs presented a business idea that sounded like a business-to-consumer concept, but as I peeled the onion, it turned out that the business was really a business-to-business concept. I asked why the pitch was so confusing and all over the place, to which the entrepreneur answered: “I am trying to keep a broad idea so that when I talk to investors, they can decide which way they want to go.”
I almost fell off the chair.
Then, I got very agitated.
Here, I had an entrepreneur telling me with a straight face that he was leaving the most basic business decisions for the investors to make. Absurd, but most of all it scared me. It disturbed me no ends. I am still kind of rattled today trying to figure out how entrepreneurs can be given some basic lessons on startups and funding.
Folks, if any of you are out there with such naïve ideas, please understand that investors do not invest in broad ideas. And they don’t make critical business decisions on your behalf based on some nebulous concepts.
I will not go into the details of the specific discussion any further, but you can listen to it in the recording. Instead, let me talk about the other three businesses we discussed today:
First up was Robert Woltz with Application Services International, whose product EMPAS will provide an on-line low cost solution that benefits medical institutions searching for qualified, credentialed, and verified candidates. The medical field has a very high employee turnover rate, with 5 million medical professional employees leaving current positions each year (U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics – 37.5% per year). To replace them, employers spend $11,500 average per-healthcare employee acquisition Ccst (20% of the annualized salary + hiring incentives is considered customary for acquisition cost). There is no available simple or inexpensive way for employer and employee to find each other except through Monster-type services.
Robert has come up with a solution to this problem at 20% of the cost of hiring employees through Monster, and has several hospitals signed up to pilot it as soon as the product launches next month. He has a couple of hospitals who have agreed to pay ~$35,000 annual subscription if they like the product, and another dozen also lined up to try it. He is looking to raise money now, but I must say, his financing strategy made me cringe.
We have to work on that!
Then Lokesh Parakh discussed a consulting service that he and his five colleagues are trying to pull together in the prepaid card business, helping non-banking financial institutions launch card services in South Asia. In speaking with Lokesh and discussing his and his colleague’s backgrounds, I sensed that this is a group trying to do management consulting with little or no background. Whatever background they have is more suited to IT consulting, and I suggested that they become a value-added-reseller of a major card technology vendor and represent them in the South Asian market. Gemalto, the smart card world leader comes to mind as a possible vendor. It might be a much better alignment of skills.
Then Amit Gurung pitched a business plan to create a distribution channel for product companies trying to cater to the rural base-of-the-pyramid (BPO) market in India. Amit’s analysis is absolutely on the mark that there is a tremendous paucity of distribution channels for BPO products, but he did not present any information about how he was going to solve this problem. All I could assess that he is bound to face a chicken-and-egg problem – not having enough scale to attract product vendors to use their channel, versus not having products with which to build a customer base. How does he mitigate that?
Since I don’t know anything about the solution Amit has in mind, I just threw an idea out there . . . why not become a retailer of the same basket of products that he wants to distribute? Buy from the vendors as all retailers do, and see if the chicken-and-egg can be mitigated that way.
I’m also thinking seriously about creating a private (paid) lounge for 1M/1M entrepreneurs who, like Amit, don’t want to share their ideas in a public roundtable. I constantly get requests for feedback from such entrepreneurs, and I recognize that this is an issue. However, it hasn’t been physically possible for me to offer free consulting to such large numbers of people thus far. Nonetheless, increasingly, this private lounge is emerging as one of 1M/1M’s biggest requirements.
For those planning to pitch their business during an upcoming roundtable, please use the Clarify Your Story appendix of my Positioning book to prepare your pitches. While many entrepreneurs find it difficult to answer all the questions in the CYS framework, I strongly recommend that you address the following items in your roundtable pitch at the minimum:
(1) A validated customer value proposition
(2) Detailed segmentation analysis and target customer definition at a fairly granular level
(3) A customer acquisition strategy that is pragmatic, and
(4) We also recommend that you present a succinct summary of whatever customer validation work you have done.
Your roundtable pitch should be no more than three minutes, and consist of four slides. No more. No less.
I started doing my free Online Strategy Roundtables for entrepreneurs in the fall of 2008. These roundtables are the cornerstone programming of a global initiative that I have started called One Million by One Million (1M/1M). Its mission is to help a million entrepreneurs globally to reach $1 million in revenue and beyond, build $1 trillion in sustainable global GDP, and create 10 million jobs. In 1M/1M, I teach the EJ methodology, which is based on my Entrepreneur Journeys research, and emphasize bootstrapping, idea validation, and crisp positioning as some of the core principles of building strong fundamentals in early stage ventures. In addition, we are offering entrepreneurs access to investors and customers through our 1M/1M Incubation Radar series. You can pitch to be featured on my blog following these instructions.
The recording of this roundtable is available here. Recordings of previous roundtables are all available here. You can register for the next roundtable here.
This segment is a part in the series : Roundtable Recap
. June 30 - Capital Intensive Ventures Have a Hard Time Getting Off the Ground . June 23 - The Changing Dynamics of India’s Startup Scene . June 16 - Proof Points Reign in Pre-Seed and Seed . June 9 - Discussion of India’s Startup Journey . June 2 - Don’t Pitch Investors Prematurely . May 26 - Concept Financing is a Highly Improbable Event . May 19 - Examples of What Works and Doesn’t in Investor Pitches . May 5 - Spotlight on the Ohio Startup Ecosystem . Startup Trends Discussion with Steve Eskenazi . April 21 - Spotlight on the Northern European Startup EcosystemMore »» . Strategy Session with Two Validated Startups . April 7 - Spotlight on Pre-seed Funding . March 31 - Plug Your Methodology Gaps . March 24 - Spotlight on Bootstrapping to Exit . March 10 - Spotlight on PropTech . March 3 - Discussion on Pre-Seed Financing . February 24 - Further Discussions on Indian Venture Capital . February 17 - Spotlight on Indian Venture Capital . February 10 - Discussion on Pre-Seed Funding . February 3 - More Discussion on Non-Unicorn Chasing Investor Philosophy . January 27 - Non-Unicorn Chasing Investment Philosophy . January 20 - Discussion on Funding Bootstrapping with Services Ventures with BV Jagdeesh . January 13 - Consumer Data Privacy Discussion . January 6 - Bootstrapping to Exit and Bootstrapping Products Using Services . December 16 - Spotlight on Impact Investing . December 9 - Discussion on EdTech Exit Strategy . December 2 - More on Exit Strategy . November 18 - Workshop on How to Teach Entrepreneurship . November 11 - Discussion with a Veteran Angel Investor in Indian Startups . November 4 - The 1Mby1M Ambassador Program for Building Entrepreneurship Communities . October 28 - Telling a Startup Story Through Financial Metrics . October 21 - Startup from Tyler, Texas . October 7 - Exit Strategy – Further Guidance . September 30 - What Works and What Doesn’t in AI Startups . September 23 - Spotlight on Exit Strategy . September 16 - Startups from Tanzania, New Delhi and New York . September 2 - Discussion on the SaaS-enabled Marketplace Trend . August 26 - A Deep Dive into Blockchain Infrastructure . August 19 - A Discussion on Small Exits . August 12 - Spotlight on Veteran Entrepreneurship . July 29 - How Itai Sadan Bootstrapped Duda First with a Paycheck and then Raised $100 Million . July 22 - Conversation with Geoff Ralston, President of Y Combinator . July 15 - The Definition of Success is Personal . July 8 - Building HubSpot to a Unicorn . June 24 - Discussion on the Europe-US Bridge for Tech Startups . June 17 - Two Excellent Bootstrapping Case Studies . June 10 - More on Two-sided Marketplaces . Discussion on Two-sided Marketplaces and Bootstrapping with a Paycheck . May 27 - Discussion on Deep Tech Investing . May 20 - Spotlight on Mental Health . May 13 - A Solo Entrepreneur Case Study . May 6 - Deep-dive into SaaS-enabled Marketplaces . April 29 - What to Expect in Investor Due Diligence . April 22 - Investors Should Take Solo Founders More Seriously . April 8 - Good Strategy Upfront Will Get You to Fundability . April 1 - Virtual Companies Becoming Ubiquitous . March 25 - Spotlight on Art Market Disruption Ideas . March 18 - Business Model Innovation . March 11 - Tough Love . March 4 - Covid’s Impact on Startups . February 18 - Seed-stage Deep Tech Investing with Rajeev Madhavan, Clear Ventures . February 11 - Early Stage Startups are NOT About Keeping All Options Open . February 4 - AI, PaaS and Deeptech Investments . January 28 - Cool Trends, Exciting Startups . January 21, 2021 . January 14 - Entrepreneurs from Smaller Cities . January 7 - Lean Startups vs. Fat Startups . December 17 - Spotlight on the Indian Startup Ecosystem . December 10 - Spotlight on EdTech . December 3 - Looking for an Entrepreneur with a Passion for Literature and Film . November 19 - Seed Funding for B-to-C Ventures . November 12 - Great Discussion on How to Build Platform Startups . November 5 - Spotlight on Indian Startups, as America Counts Votes . October 29 - Ambitious Startup From Ethiopia . October 22 - Exploring Post Covid Startup Ideas . October 15 - Brainstorming Post Covid Startup Ideas . October 8 - Find Your Segment Within Large Markets . October 1 - Validate the Business Case Before Writing Code . September 24 - Dynamic Startup Discussions . September 17 - Around the World with Startups in Ninety Minutes . September 10 - 500th 1Mby1M Roundtable, A Celebration of Normalcy . August 20 - High Impact Entrepreneurship . August 13 - Mission-Driven Investing . August 6 - Covid-era Startup Trends . July 30 - Spotlight on Minority Founders . July 23 - Small VCs and Early Exits . July 16 - Spotlight on FinTech Startups . July 9 - Debt Financing Options for Bootstrapped Startups . July 2 - Spotlight on Post-Seed Investing . June 25 - Spotlight on Funding for Online Education Startups . June 18 - Focused Startups with Precise Problems to Solve . June 11 - Spotlight on Retail Tech . June 4 - No Monetization Path, No Startup . May 28 - Alternative Financing for Startups . May 21 - Spotlight on Startups in the American Midwest . May 14 - The Issue of Technical Co-founders . May 7 - How Long Do Entrepreneurs Need to Plan For? . April 30 - Counter-cyclical Ventures in this Covid-19 World . April 23 - Discussion on Vertical Marketplaces . April 16 - Global Entrepreneurship Continues Amidst Pandemic . April 9 - Business as Usual . April 2 - Pivoting in the Age of Coronavirus . March 26 - It’s Therapeutic to Discuss Business in These Troubled Times . March 19 - Trends in Food Related Startups . March 12 - Biz Dev for Startups in the Age of Corona Virus . March 5 - Do Not Spray and Pray . February 27 - Three Reasonable Startups in Validation Mode . February 20 - Comparables are Key . February 13 - You Have 30 Seconds to Capture My Attention . February 6 - Validation Should Be Done with Potential Customers, NOT Advisors . January 30 - Spotlight on Startups in Africa . January 23 - Focus Relentlessly . December 19 - Wisdom for Startups Selling Deeptech to Enterprises . November 27 - Fundamentals-Focused Venture Capital . November 21 - A Superb Discussion on Artificial Intelligence . November 14 - An FFF Financing Case Study . November 7 - An Excellent Discussion on AgTech Startups in Latin America . October 31 - Quality of Startups from India is Improving Steadily . October 24 - Do Not Spray and Pray . October 17 - Blackbaud - 1Mby1M Social Good Startup Challenge Launch . October 10 - How Much Funding is Too Much? . October 3 - Pricing Model Drives Scalability . September 26 - A Discussion on Explainable AI . September 19 - Startups Spanning Brazil, Egypt, India and Silicon Valley . September 12 - Services Startups Offer Great Bootstrapping Platforms . September 5 - Spotlight on Kolkata Startups . August 29 - Startups Spanning Indonesia, Nigeria, Guatemala and a YCombinator Case Study . August 8 - An Innovative Take on VC Funding . August 1 - A Conversation on Niche E-commerce Startups . July 25 - Deep Dive into FinTech Investing . July 18 - A Conversation About India’s Next 400 Million Consumers and the Startups Targeting Them . July 11 - Niche Expertise Can Be Turned Into Excellent Small Businesses . June 27 - Startup Trends Discussion with Nnamdi Okike, 645 Ventures . June 20 - Startups, Prune Your Grapes . June 13 - Spotlight on The Philippines . May 23 - Spotlight on Sports Tech . May 16 - Spotlight on Mexico . May 9 - Spotlight on African Startups and Venture Capital . May 2 - India Has Come A Long Way . April 23 - Do Not Spend Big Money on Free B-to-C Customer Acquisition . April 17 - A Discussion on Concept-stage Financing . April 11 - Technologist Entrepreneurs Need To Learn Business . April 4 - Two Indian Startups with Excellent Execution . March 28 - Large, Open Opportunities for Indian Entrepreneurs . March 20 - How Large Companies Address Existential Threats . March 14 - Do NOT Write Software Without a Business Model Hypothesis . March 7 - Fascinating Ventures with Good Early Traction . February 28 - Pay Attention to Physical Experiences, Not Just Digital . February 20 - Think Through Your Working Capital Needs . February 14 - A Discussion on the Indian B-to-B SaaS Opportunity with Yash Hemeraj of Arka Labs . January 31 - Perspective From Mumbai Angels Network . January 24 - The Changing Dynamics of Seed Investing . January 16 - Spotlight on Entrepreneurship in Central Europe . January 10 - Spotlight on Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital in Vienna . January 3 - Excellent Global Entrepreneur Pitches To Kick Off The New Year . December 18 - Tough Love Leads to Rapid Progress . November 20 - Spotlight on Digital Health Startups . November 14 - From Texas to Sierra Leone via Colombia . November 8 - What is a Full Stack Founding Team? . November 1 - Deep Dive into Artificial Intelligence Investing . October 25 - Europe and Africa Rising . October 17 - Cool Companies, Exciting Opportunities . October 11 - Global Startup Acceleration Networks are Growing . October 4 - Diversity in Focus . September 27 - Fall 2018 Oracle-1Mby1M Intrapreneurship Challenge Launches . September 19 - Startup Opportunities in Blockchain . September 13 - Three Cool Startups . September 6 - Bootstrapping Using Services Works Great for Many . August 30 - Positioning is the Key to Accelerating your Venture . August 24 - Do One Thing Well and Monetize Rapidly . August 7 - Trends in Crowdfunding . August 2 - Conversation with a Successful Woman Venture Capitalist . July 26 - Wonderful Social Impact Projects . July 19 - Try to Find a Blueprint to Build Your Startup . July 12 - Laser Sharp Competitive Positioning is Compulsory in Crowded Markets . July 5 - Scaling Tech Companies From Europe . June 28 - Fat Startups vs. Lean Startups . June 21 - Validate and Get to Paying Customers ASAP . June 14 - Spotlight on A Venture Firm that Specifically Supports War Veterans . June 7 - Investor in Three SaaS Unicorns . May 16 - 400th Roundtable Full of Wisdom from Successful Entrepreneurs . May 10 - Not All Micro-VCs Are Chasing Unicorns . May 3 - Spotlight on EdTech . April 26 - How to Partner with the Incubator-In-A-Box . April 18 - Do NOT Spend All Your Savings on a Startup Venture . April 12 - Please Do NOT Develop Products Without Customer Input . April 5 - Please Do NOT Go Into Ultra-crowded Market Segments . March 29 - Hairy Issues for Women in Technology . March 22 - Indian Startup Eco-system Needs Exits . March 14 - Learn to Bootstrap Effectively to Navigate Early Chicken and Egg Stage . March 8 - Perspectives from Investors in Under-Served Geographies . March 1 - One Size Does Not Fit All . February 22 - Understanding a Trust-Driven Investment Thesis . February 14 - GMV and Revenue Need Clear Distinction in Marketplaces . February 8 - Niche is Beautiful Says Veteran Seed Investor Nitin Rai . February 1 - A View into Pre-Seed Funding with Gaurav Jain of Afore Capital . January 25 - The Series A Gap is Widening . January 18 - The Traction Gap Framework with Bruce Cleveland . January 11 - Going Broad Usually Isn’t a Great Startup Strategy . January 4 - What Pre-Seed Investors are Looking for with Laurel Touby, Supernode Ventures . December 21, 2017 - What do Seed Investors Want with John Frankel, ff Ventures . December 14 - Please Do NOT Assume Concepts Can Be Funded . December 7 - Several Validated Businesses . November 16 - Market Size Matters . November 9 - What Seed Investors Look for with Vinny Lingham, Newtown Partners . November 2 - People or Market . October 26 - From FinTech to SportsTech . October 19 - What Investors are Looking for with Mark Achler, MATH Ventures . October 12 - Post-Seed vs. Pre-Series A Financing . October 5 - Padmaja Ruparel on Indian Funding Eco-system and Trends . September 28 - AI Startup CEO Jana Eggers Says There IS Bias Against Women Entrepreneurs . September 21 - Cindy Padnos of Illuminate Ventures on Multi-phase Seed Funding . September 14 - Bootstrapping to $80 Million with Rob Purdy, Founder of Power2Motivate . September 7 - Multiple Seed Rounds May Be Needed to Mitigate the Series A Gap . August 31 - What Seed Investors Are Looking For with Venk Shukla of Monta Vista Capital and TiE Angels . August 24 - How A Serial Entrepreneur cum Angel Investor Thinks About Startups . August 10 - What Angels Are Looking For At Propel(x) . August 3 - Economic Development . July 27 - Slow Beginning, Steady Growth . July 6 - Wisdom on Building a Mid-Market Facing Cyber Security Business . June 29 - Crisp Positioning is a Requirement for Business Acceleration . June 22 - Meet A Successful Female Entrepreneur in Hardcore Tech . June 15 - How to Seed a Two-Sided Niche Marketplace . June 8 - Prove ROI as Early as Possible . June 1 - Good Ideas From Around the World . May 25 - Seeding Two-Sided Marketplaces . May 18 - Capital Efficient Entrepreneurship . May 11 - Startups in the Rocky Mountain Corridor . May 4 - New Podcast Channel for Entrepreneurs . April 27 - Preserve Your Equity . April 20 - Innovative Cashflow Management to Successful Bootstrapping . April 13 - Venture Scale Growth Without Venture Capital . April 6 - Navigating Multiple Pivots to Achieve High Velocity Product-Market Fit . March 30 - VCs LOVE To Come To The Rescue Of Victory . March 23 - From YCombinator to $75 Million+ in Funding . March 16 - Indian SMEs Remain Hard to Penetrate . March 9 - Building a Niche Online - Offline Brand . March 2 - Slow Growth Businesses Are NOT Fundable . February 23 - Spotlight on Brazil . February 16 - Freemium, Free-Trial, Conversion Rates and More . February 9 - Understand Your Unit Economics . February 2 - Why Would You Turn Down a $100M Acquisition Offer? . January 26 - How To Get Into TechStars . January 19 - Nuances of Scaling a Traffic Arbitrage Business . January 12 - Raising Money From 80 Investors . January 5 - How Do You Win Against Heavily Funded Competitors? . December 22 - Spotlight on Virtual Teams . December 15 - Sharing Economy Trend Continues to Inspire Startups . December 8 - Good Bootstrapping From India . November 17 - Spotlight on Latin America . November 10 - Capital Efficient Entrepreneurship with Janet Kosloff . November 3 - A Successful Woman Tech Entrepreneur from St. Louis says There is No Bias . October 27 - Spotlight On Israel . October 20 - Positioning Needs To Be Thought Through . October 6 - Three Continents, Three Marketplaces . September 29 - Funding Fat Startups with Asheem Chandna, General Partner at Greylock . September 22 - Opportunities in VC-Style Startups with David Blumberg, Managing Partner, Blumberg Capital . September 15 - Raising Equity from Customers . September 8 - A Window Into Greece . September 1 - Rehan Yar Khan on Indian Consumer Market Opportunities . August 25 - Virtual Companies Are Scaling Nicely . August 18 - Kean Graham Wants to Travel . August 4 - Alternatives to Traditional Venture Capital with Bryce Roberts, Indie VC . July 28 - Meet Serial Bootstrapper Jason Cohen . July 21 - AdTech Discussion with Arjun Dev Arora, Founder, ReTargeter . July 14 - Inspiration for First-time Entrepreneurs . July 7 - Indian Entrepreneurs Must Pay Attention to Open Source Opportunities . June 30 - You Don’t Need To Move To Silicon Valley To Scale . June 23 - The 3-month Acceleration Model for Startups is Bogus . June 16 - Bootstrapping Using Services to $100M . June 9 - Focus on Sustainable Unit Economics . May 19 - Tackling Medical Education Effectively . May 12 - Bootstrapping With A Paycheck Works! . May 5 - You Cannot Outsource Selling Early On . April 28 - Great To See Student Entrepreneurs . April 21 - Choose Your Philosophy of Company Building . April 14 - You CAN Compete With Heavily Funded Competitors . April 7 - Focus on Paying Customers, Not Free Users . March 24 - How to Build a Unicorn From Scratch – and Walk Away with Nothing . March 17 - Top Tech Trends Driving Startups and Venture Capital . March 10 - Starting In Europe, Scaling In America . March 3 - How To Scale A Company With Minimum Dilution . February 25 - Indian Venture Capital Industry – Where Do Things Stand? . February 18 - Spotlight on Analytics . February 11 - Plug Your Knowledge Gaps In Methodology ASAP . February 4 - Bootstrap First, Raise Money Later with Raj De Datta, CEO of BloomReach . January 28 - Security Sector Spotlight . January 21 - Navigating Through Massive Challenges . January 14 - Interesting Discussions On Travel Related Concepts . January 7 - Dynamic Beginning To 2016 . December 17 - Focus on Proteins and Whole Wheat Bread, Skip Candies . December 10 - Bootstrapping To $20M With Freemium Conversions . November 19 - A Story of Resilience . November 12 - Great Discussions and Q&A . November 5 - Conflict Is Good For Growth . October 29 - Capital Efficient Entrepreneurship with Susan Mason, General Partner, Aligned Ventures . October 22 - Spotlight On Europe . October 8 - Greg Gianforte On Entrepreneurship, Economic Development And Politics . October 1 - Equity Crowdfunding From Customers . September 24 - Five Promising Entrepreneurs . September 17 - From A Small Town In The Foothills Of The Himalayas . September 10 - Achieve Product-Market Fit Before Fund Raising . September 3 - Down To Earth Execution . August 27 - Showcase of Women Entrepreneurs . August 20 - Future Of Journalism . August 6 - Impacting a Rural Eco-system . July 30 - Is Entrepreneurship Only About The Exit? . July 23 - Future of K-12 Education . July 16 - We Can't Help Everyone . July 9 - The Future of Higher Education with Anant Agarwal . July 2 - Capital Efficient Entrepreneurship . June 25 - From E-Commerce to Web 3.0 with Alexander Zache, CEO of Auctionata . June 18 - DIY, DIFM, DIWM Trends For SMB Solutions . June 11 - Selling SaaS To Indian SMBs . June 4 - Billion Dollar Unicorns with Druva Founder Jaspreet Singh . May 28 - Shifting Mental Models . May 21 - Venture Capital In India With Ashish Gupta, Helion Venture Partners . May 14 - Billion Dollar Unicorns with InMobi Co-Founder Amit Gupta . May 7 - Billion Dollar Unicorns With Clarabridge CEO Sid Banerjee . April 30 - Billion Dollar Unicorns with Therese Tucker, CEO of BlackLine . April 23 - Billion Dollar Unicorns with Roman Stanek, Founder of GoodData . April 16 - Billion Dollar Unicorns with Fred Luddy, Founder of ServiceNow . April 9 - Billion Dollar Unicorns with Gaurav Dhillon, Founder of Informatica and SnapLogic . April 2 - Spanning The Globe . March 12 - Billion Dollar Unicorns with Rob Hull, Founder of Adaptive Insights . March 5 - Billion Dollar Unicorns with Ratmir Timashev, CEO of Veeam . February 26 - Billion Dollar Unicorns with Scott Sandell, NEA . February 19 - Bootstrapping A Billion Dollar Unicorn With A Paycheck . February 12 - Billion Dollar Unicorns with Ross Mason, Founder of Mulesoft . February 5 - Billion Dollar Unicorns with Chris Gladwin, Founder of Cleversafe . January 29 - Billion Dollar Unicorns With Vineet Jain, CEO of Egnyte . January 22 - Billion Dollar Unicorns with Warren Weiss, Foundation Capital . January 15 - Billion Dollar Unicorns with Aaron Skonnard, CEO of Pluralsight . January 8 - Kicking Off 2015 With Great Energy . December 18 - Carnival In The Cloud With David Hornik, August Capital . December 11 - Carnival In The Cloud With Ann Winblad, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners . December 4 - Bootstrapping With A Paycheck With Shomit Ghose, Onset Ventures . November 20 - Interesting Trends . November 13 - Bootstrapping With A Paycheck with J.T. O’Donnell, Careerealism Media & CareerHMO . November 6 - Carnival In The Cloud with Eric Benhamou, Benhamou Global Ventures . October 30 - Three Revenue Generating Companies . October 23 - Carnival In The Cloud with Jason Lemkin, Storm Ventures . 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 . January 17 - Winners Of The Second New Year Challenge 2013 Final . 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 . October 13 - FREE Is Not A Business Model . 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