Raising venture capital for a startup is not an easy task, however, Jay Jung shares a case study that details the problems involved and the steps taken to ensure successful funding on a non-tech, mid west company seeking investment funding.
Embarc Advisors successfully advised a Client Company, located in the Midwest, with their first external fundraise of $10 million.
The Client Company faced numerous challenges in positioning their story and attracting attention from top investors.
As an industrial company, the client faced difficulty in positioning its story
As a Midwest based company, it was difficult to access top VCs, who are primarily located in the Bar Area or New York
The founders were strong in product development and sales but had limited experience in finance or capital raising
Embarc guided the founders through the entire process from preparation to a successful finish with immense attention to every detail.
The details included:
- Creating a financial model
- Scripting initial outreach
- Preparing a professional data room
- Negotiating term sheets
Access the case study, Raising VC Capital For A Non-Tech, Mid-West Company, on embarcadvisors.com
If you have ever wondered why your messaging is misconstrued or find that you lapse into cliches at meetings, help is at hand. Bernie Heine identifies what not to say, why not, and what to say instead.
Two Must-Do Guidelines and Five Clichés to Avoid.
Strategic Review or any meeting
Your strategic review is a rare opportunity to take an objective overview perspective on your business. It is a time for questioning assumptions and a space in which to encourage creativity and involvement. It is not a place for rigid thinking or hackneyed business phrases. In the ideal business world, all meetings should accomplish one or more of four things. They should 1) Generate new ideas to add value. 2) Share information. 3) Build a common purpose and buy-in. 4) Plan what to do to solve current problems and roadblocks.
At your strategic timeout, you should focus on things 1 to 3 with these two goals in mind…
- Doing better before doing cheaper.
“Miracle worker” businesses consistently search for ideas to compete on factors other than price. See our newsletter 3 Rules for Exceptional Business Performance or the video below.
Typical factors, other than price, that take your business to exceptional profit are durability, functionality, brand, style, etc. Your customers don’t see it on the invoice, but they really appreciate getting it.
- Revenue before costs.
Cutting costs and or shedding assets are too often the default paths taken by “average Joe” businesses. At your strategic review, be sure to put revenue first. In the long run, “miracle worker” businesses can charge premium prices while giving greater apparent value to custom.
Phrases identified in this article include:
- Don’t bring me problems. I want solutions!
- I’ll get back to you on that.
- In my opinion…
- Keep doing what you’re doing.
- We need to think outside the box
Read the full post, Five Things NOT to Say at Your Strategic Review (or at any meeting), on the The Professional Business Coaches website.
Aneta Key lightens the mood for the day with these tongue-in-cheek video conference tips.
Many of us are so accustomed to videoconferencing, we take it for granted. But with the COVID-19 pandemic shift to remote work, a whole lot of professionals worldwide are just now being introduced to this genre of workplace interactions.
This blog post will offer something for veterans and newbies alike. In a true iterative fashion, I will add to it over time.
- Productive direction
- How to make it engaging
Jared Simmons provides three meeting strategies to overcome stagnation.
We’ve all been there before. It took you three weeks to find a time on everyone’s calendar. You found the perfect room and showed up early to make sure the previous meeting didn’t run over. You’ve spent countless hours working on your agenda and slides and even reading articles like this on productivity. And then it happens–the conversation gets stuck. Your time is rapidly dwindling and you’re still on agenda item one. You simply cannot afford to have this group disperse to their thousand other priorities without covering these items. So what do you do? Here are a few techniques that can help you get your meeting moving forward again.
The strategies explained include:
- Restating the point
- Recapping the options
- Identifying the key factors
Read the full article, Three Meeting Strategies to Overcome Stagnation, on the Outlast website.