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 …

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

Keys to Entrepreneurial Success in 2017

Keys to Entrepreneurial Success in 2017 Entrepreneurs are a unique breed. For many, success comes from having the moxie to challenge the status quo and take on calculated risks in order to realize greater opportunities. Particularly for those bold enough to embark on a startup venture, it takes vision and guts to put it all on the line in the …

Five Tips for a Winning Fintech Pitch

Five Tips for a Winning Fintech Pitch Raising money is hard. So hard, in fact, that it is usually the first thing entrepreneurs ask us about. Since Connecticut just launched a $5 million global pitch competition for fintech and digital health companies, I thought it would be an opportune time to take another look at what makes a pitch attractive …

What is Venture Capital?

What is Venture Capital? Venture capital has enabled the United States to support its entrepreneurial talent and appetite by turning ideas and basic science into products and services that are the envy of the world. The 2016 National Venture Capital Association Yearbook explains risk capital for business, deal flows, common structure and what’s ahead. Link to PDF

A 30-Year Veteran Investor On the Mistake He Wishes You’d Stop Making, and Why He Prefers Younger Entrepreneurs

A 30-Year Veteran Investor On the Mistake He Wishes You’d Stop Making, and Why He Prefers Younger Entrepreneurs Russell “Russ” Tweeddale, an engineer, Marine, and investor with Connecticut Innovations for more than three decades, sat down this week to talk shop with Douglas Roth, CI’s director of investments. Over the course of their hour-long chat, during which they covered everything …

The Relationship Guru

The Relationship Guru An executive coach and expert on leadership excellence, Claudio Toyama excels at inspiring lasting transformations in C-level executives and their companies. His satisfied clients, which include Bosch, the Brazilian government, Nokia, DSM, Reuters, UNICEF and TED Fellows, span the globe, but we got Toyama to stay in one place long enough to answer our questions about maximizing …

Entrepreneurs—Wary of Dilution? A Perspective to Consider

Entrepreneurs—Wary of Dilution? A Perspective to Consider Most entrepreneurs are loath to give up equity—anyone who has ever watched Shark Tank knows that. And it makes sense. After all, it’s your breakthrough idea, your money (and sometimes your family’s and friends’ money), your sleepless nights and your hard work. When you’re pouring all that into a venture, you should be …

Writing a Compelling Executive Summary

Writing a Compelling Executive Summary How to convince investors your market-changing business idea is something credible and compelling The objective of your executive summary is to sell, not to describe, the value of the technology. If you can’t engage the reader in 30 seconds, you have lost your best, and possibly only, opportunity. If you pique the reader’s interest here, …

Free Course: “How to Build a Startup”

Free Course: “How to Build a Startup” Steve Blank, a seasoned Silicon Valley entrepreneur has designed a free course on “How to Build a Startup” on Udacity. We highly recommend it to new entrepreneurs. About Steve Blank Steve Blank is the legendary serial Silicon Valley entrepreneur-turned-educator who created and refined the customer development process. Steve can be reached at info@kandsranch.com.