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Invest in young people, New Zealand conference told

The only speaker aged under 30 at yesterday's Ice Ideas conference encouraged people retiring in the next 20 years to make a meaningful investment in at least one young person. Fady Mishriki, co-founder of start-up PowerbyProxi, told the 600 delegates at the Auckland conference that his world-leading wireless power company was born out of the "entrepreneurial ecosystem" that has emerged in the ten years since Auckland business incuba...

Investment in NZ businesses by private equity and venture capital funds has jumped 89% to ...

Investment in Kiwi businesses by private equity and venture capital funds has jumped 89 per cent to $294.4 million in 2010 from $155.4m the previous year. The New Zealand Private Equity and Venture Capital Monitor, jointly published by Ernst & Young and the New Zealand Private Equity and Venture Capital Association, shows the increase is driven by interest in the mid market, the segment where businesses are valued up to $150m. Pri...

PayPal founder Peter Thiel sets up Venture Capital Fund to help New Zealand technology bus...

A little bit of PayPal founder Peter Thiel’s wealth will help New Zealand technology businesses thanks to the launch of a new venture capital project. Reuters Peter Thiel, entrepreneur and co-founder of PayPal The U.S. entrepreneur, who was one of Facebook’s first investors, is to establish a new 40 million New Zealand dollar (US$32 million) Kiwi-focused venture capital fund jointly with the New Zealand Venture Investment Fun...

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Business Plans & Pitching

Small Business Coaching Basics: The 8 Key Elements of A Business Plan

“It’s in my head.” That was Jim’s reply when I asked to see his business plan. He’d paid me $25,000 to consult with him about his fledgling company. I was shocked… It was not that his business plan was terrible or even wildly unrealistic. He just straight up didn’t have one. Let me bring you in on a little secret in the Business Coaching Services industry. “It’s in my head” is the adult equivalent of, “My dog...

How to Craft a Magnetic Elevator Pitch

In many of my blog writings and conversations with students, one of the key tools that I promote is the development of a great elevator pitch. Elevator pitches are vital to your networking success, and can be used in any situation where you need to neatly summarize your skills, experience, and career goals in a narrow window of time. These situations could be career fairs, networking events, interviews, or even chance encounters such...

Four Common Startup Pitch Mistakes to Avoid

Pitching your startup is like going on a first date. Entrepreneurs should be confident without being cocky, approachable without seeming desperate, and passionate without being over the top. The goal is to build up enough intrigue to be asked on a second date (or a follow-up meeting) without scaring the listener off. But that’s no easy task.

Here are four common pitching turnoffs that are easy to make — and advice for av...

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Fund Raising

Top 4 Traits VC's Desire In Startup Founders

Having a great, defensible business idea in a scalable market is only part of the puzzle to attracting venture capital. A more important part is having a backable management team that can pull off the execution of the plan. Below are the top 4 traits VC’s desire in their startup founders:

1. Domain Expertise in Industry or Function

The first thing a VC is looking for is domain expertise in the industry...

3 things to remember when trying to win over an angel investor

The fact that there are thousands of books on investment strategy means there are an infinite number of different investor mindsets. No two are probably exactly the same, but every investor holds to some basic fundamentals, first and foremost: How will this make money?

Having sat through meetings, spent time living with serial investors and enjoyed the insights from some whose picks have been nothing short of outstanding, the best...

A seasoned Angel Investor highlights 4 things investors looks for in the companies they ar...

This was interesting. The speaker, Wade Brooks, is executive director of the Willamette University MBA Angel Investment fund. A couple of nights ago as he shared notes and research with members of the Willamette Angel Conference. These are the top four things Wade and his group looks for in the companies his organization is considering for investment: 1. Entrepreneurial expertise They want people who have been there, team leaders ...

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Marketing & Social Media

4 Reasons Your Brand Should Avoid Facebook

Just because Facebook has made important upgrades to its platform, doesn’t mean it’s a place you need to be. Below are a few reasons you shouldn’t create a presence on Facebook. Feel free to replace Facebook with “Twitter”, “blogging” or “that other social media site” as you see fit. Because, really, the same rules apply. You don’t have the resources to invest there You’ve heard it a million times – the onl...

5 digital marketing don’ts for entrepreneurs in 2014

January is a time for fresh starts and fad diets, and in the business world, it’s a chance to revisit what worked last year, and what needs to change to be successful for the next 12 months.

Just like there are a few common personal resolutions (losing those five holiday pounds, sticking to a budget), there are also some business resolutions that always make it to the top of the list: acquire new customers, increase sales,...

3 Top Business Uses For Social Media

When I explain to people that a lot of what I do revolves around social media, often I'll get a response along the lines of, "We really like social media — we're just not quite sure how to best utilize it for business purposes." It is, after all, understandable that many companies don't really know what to do with some of these services. Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and most of the hundreds of other social media sites originated with...

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Start-Ups & Entrepreneurship

Can an entrepreneur start a business in a downturn?

Bangalore: "Starting a business during a recession! Are you crazy?" You may have to face this kind of question if you want to start up a new company in an economic downturn, as many people think starting a business during a recession is a mistake. On the face of it, it does sound utter insane, but there are opportunities to be exploited. If you look at the economic downturns throughout history, you'll find that most recessions after the...

A Startup Advisory Board Dream Team is Priceless

Every startup faces a myriad of challenges that are well beyond the scope of any founder, so you need a few guiding lights to illuminate the road ahead. These should be carefully selected, with a proven track record, willing and available to help, and be completely trustworthy. Make sure they are willing to check their egos at the door. Let’s talk specifics. I recommend that every early-stage startup find three Advisory Board membe...

7 Bootstrapping Tips for the Resourceful Small Business

Small businesses must be resourceful to stay afloat. With smaller budgets, big ideas need to be as proactive as they are cost-efficient, taking into account everything from consistent industry changes, cash flow, customer needs and the unexpected challenges you never saw coming. Multitasking to keep up with the big guys on a fraction of the budget is why small businesses have become notorious for bootstrapping, and being creative about ...

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