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Startup Boards Creating a Successful Startup Board

Creating a Successful Startup Board

This has been promoted to its own page A Startup Board of Directors or Advisory Board is very different than a board of directors for a public company or a mature company. We’re trying to get you to scale, we’re not worried about public stock prices yet. I joined my first outside Board in 2003 …

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Uncategorized Mad Libs for Startups Pitch

Mad Libs for Startups Pitch

What question do you want investors to ask after you’re done with your pitch? How can they write a check to invest in your company? “Wait, what do you do again?” The continuum can be that extreme! A clear pitch and summary will start your conversation with investors. A single meeting is seldom going to …

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#startuplife Every Pitch that Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger

Every Pitch that Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger

I was at an “Allocators Conference” this week in Miami for a project. The idea of an allocator conference was new to me. It’s speed dating for investors to meet investment funds. The “allocators” are from family offices, pensions, and large investor to find new investment options. It’s not startups pitching their companies.  See the …

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Startup Business Your Startup is NOT a Platform (yet)

Your Startup is NOT a Platform (yet)

Over the last year, I’ve looked at >150 deals (for some VC’s that’s tiny, for other’s that’s a lot). In that time a number of phrases have risen to the top of the list that makes my eyes roll or create a queasy wave of nausea that overtakes over me. Near the top of the list is: …

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Seattle WTIA Startup Program – Cohort I – What to Expect

WTIA Startup Program – Cohort I – What to Expect

Hey Cohort 1, I wanted to introduce myself and the Cohort I program.   I’m Dave Parker and the WTIA Chair of startup programs/club. I’m a five-time founder and VC with Seven Peaks Ventures. I work with Nick Ellingson who’s the point person for programs and is the WTIA staff member. We also have an …

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#startuplife Deciding to Pivot your Startup

Deciding to Pivot your Startup

This was originally posted on WXR Fund Blog, cross-posted with permission. Recently, the WXR team hosted a virtual seminar for our current cohort of founders. The seminar featured three seasoned entrepreneurs who discussed the ins and outs of pivoting a business. Here are some highlights of the invaluable insight they shared. Deciding to Pivot All …

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Seattle Play Bigger Seattle!

Play Bigger Seattle!

It’s time for Seattle to Play Bigger! As a startup community, we’ve had a chip on our shoulder for years. We’re not the valley. VCs would say we need better founders, founders would say we need better (and more) VCs. Both were right. Founders are flogged for thinking too small. But investors don’t want to fund …

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Startup Fundraising Do’s and Don’ts of Venture Seed Fundraising

Do’s and Don’ts of Venture Seed Fundraising

Here’s some of the “Sausage Making” of early stage venture funding. When we’re raising capital, we tend to over-index on getting the meetings and honing the pitch. Both are critical to the process. But, there are a number of other factors you need to take into consideration during the process, especially in a Venture or …

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Startup Fundraising Is Your Pitch Venture Ready? Pitch Checklist

Is Your Pitch Venture Ready? Pitch Checklist

How do investors evaluate your startup company? Let me take some of the mystery out of the process and tell you one approach. It’s not the only approach and different investors will put different weighting on different parts of your company. The goal of the post is to help you be self-aware and ask your yourself …

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