Uncategorized Venture Ready Checklist – KC

Venture Ready Checklist – KC

Take the Survey I’m excited to join you in Kansas City with OHUB starting in September 2019! We’ll use this survey to evaluate your startup both before and after the program – it will help identify areas of strengths and weaknesses of your company and idea. Dave Parker How do investors evaluate your startup company? …

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Uncategorized How to Price your Startup Product

How to Price your Startup Product

How are software prices determined? You have a new startup product and SaaS company! Congratulations, how are you going to price the product? Pricing is based on research and data – not opinion or passion. To have a sustainable business you’ll need to make money. This presentation was originally provided to the WTIA Cohort Program. …

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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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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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Uncategorized How Startups Get Started

How Startups Get Started

Reposted from Q13 Fox – Seattle Startup Week 2017 Starting a new company is never easy. Some started in their garage. Other people wrote an idea down on a napkin at a coffee shop. It all started somewhere. To have the next big idea, you need good connections, investment money and above all, a good …

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Uncategorized Book 100 of the 100 Book Challenge

Book 100 of the 100 Book Challenge

Last New Years Eve, I was having dinner with Dan Rossi and our wives and we were talking about a blog post I had read where the author had read 200 books in a year. At the time, we both discussed the fact that we were active readers, but didn’t have a goal to target …

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Uncategorized Seattle Startup Ecosystem – Start Here

Seattle Startup Ecosystem – Start Here

New to Seattle or the Seattle Startup Community? Here’s a presentation to help you navigate the resources, events (and some of the people to avoid). The following presentation was given at University of Washington CoMotion Startup Fundamental Series. 10/13/2017

Customer Development MVP Series 3: Ready, Pick a Vendor

MVP Series 3: Ready, Pick a Vendor

After fiddling with wireframes, you’ve done your customer development. using the PowerPoint demo. People like your idea – CHECK!  You can go past GO! But you don’t get to collect $200, yet. You have more work to do. You’ve drafted the specification. Pages, bullets, and versions are numbered. You’ve ruthlessly moved future features into that section …

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Go To Market Step by Step Guide to MVP Part 3 – Data Driven Decisions

Step by Step Guide to MVP Part 3 – Data Driven Decisions

Part 3 – Making your first data driven decision Given what you have discovered so far in your experiment, what’s your next step in investing in your MVP and this idea? Because it’s easy to spend reach cash on advertising it’s important to have a thesis on why you’re investing in this idea. What I’ve …

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