Expert Advice on Successful Pitching

Tech Industry Guru Tim Armstrong Shares His Wisdom at VentureClash 2017 One of the highlights of the VentureClash 2017 live pitch competition was a fireside chat with Oath CEO Tim Armstrong moderated by WNPR business reporter Harriet Jones. To a captivated audience of entrepreneurs, investors and industry veterans, Tim delivered down-to-earth guidance on how to craft winning pitches and what …

The Importance of Legal Entity Structure for Startups

Two keys to success in almost any entrepreneurial venture are preparedness and adaptability. When you are bold enough to start a company based on your own unique vision, there are many challenges and issues to consider. But what should not get lost in the ether is choosing the proper type of business entity for your company. Your legal entity structure …

Cybersecurity Imperatives for Startups

Cybersecurity Imperatives for Startups Incidents of cyberattacks and malicious hacking seem to be dominating the news cycle of late, but computer system crimes have been increasing since the late 1980s. Many of the early occurrences were not meant to be harmful—skilled young programmers, often on a lark, sought to challenge the defenses of cyberspace. Today’s attacks, however, have been far …

Is It Time to Revisit Your Social Media Strategy?

Is It Time to Revisit Your Social Media Strategy? Almost without question, a social media strategy is a vital part of the marketing mix for most companies doing business today. But the question that remains surrounds the effectiveness of your strategy and how often and under what circumstances you should reevaluate your approach. As social media becomes increasingly essential to …

Three Tips to Make Your Marketing Better

Three Tips to Make Your Marketing Better CI’s portfolio companies are some of the most amazing I’ve ever worked with. Fascinating technology applied in brainy ways to effect groundbreaking innovation: Color me impressed! Despite being incredible—and vastly different—each company I consult with typically benefits from similar marketing advice. Here are my top three tips. Assume a position. From social media …

Top Five Tips for Expediting a Brownfield TIF Project

Top Five Tips for Expediting a Brownfield TIF Project During the time that I have been with the Connecticut Brownfields Redevelopment Authority (CBRA), a wholly owned subsidiary of Connecticut Innovations, I have coordinated more than $12 million in CBRA financing to support more than $200 million in redevelopment projects across the state – using a financing vehicle known as tax …

Does Your Startup Need Social Media to Thrive?

Does Your Startup Need Social Media to Thrive? If you ask any marketer whether social media is critical to building an audience, you’d be hardpressed to find one who would say no. Most brands have a presence on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook, if not Instagram, Pinterest, Google+ and Snapchat.           Link to PDF