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Business Plan Study

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Posted by Rogue on 2009-05-14

Tags: Venture Business Busines Plan

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The New York Times ran an article on the role of the business plan in venture funding. Seems to confirm the general wisdom, but interesting anyway.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/14/bus...

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Angel Group’S that Want Whole Business Plan as Part of Initial Application?!! Thoughts?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-03-04

Tags: Pitching Angels Busines Plan

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Printing Business Plan

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Posted by Anonymous on 2010-04-03

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How Many Plans are You Working?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-02-19

Tags: Preparation Busines Plan Strategy

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Open Source Funding

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-02-17

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The Investor Bias Against Advertising Business Models... I Don't Get It.

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-02-10

Tags: Venture Business Busines Plan Strategy

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The Mass Graduation of Connect Pitches

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-01-21

Tags: TheFunded.com Busines Plan Presentation

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Tracking Your Business Plan

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-01-09

Tags: Preparation Busines Plan Materials

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How Useful is a formal Business Plan Document?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-01-08

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VC Math and Subscription Revenue Businesses

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-11-08

Tags: Preparation Busines Plan Model

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What Should a Term Sheet Represent?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-10-21

Tags: Negotiation Terms Busines Plan

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Professionally Written Business Plan: Would You Spend the Money?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-10-06

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Downturn Start Up Strategies

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-10-03

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Our Pitch Presentation is Complete. What Should the Appendix Look Like?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-09-09

Tags: Preparation Busines Plan Powerpoint

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Support" How Do You Come by It"

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-09-09

Tags: TheFunded.com Busines Plan

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Powerpoint Perfection...When is the Plan Good Enough?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-09-16

Tags: Preparation Busines Plan Powerpoint

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Financial Projections

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-08-24

Tags: Preparation Busines Plan Financials

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One or Two Investment Rounds?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-08-17

Tags: Preparation Busines Plan Terms

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Is a Business Plan Necessary for Pitching These Days?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-07-01

Tags: Preparation Materials Busines Plan

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I am preparing my pitch my business to some VCs and I've got a 30-slide PPT ready. I'm reading through the threads here and seeing that a business plan may or may not be necessary anymore. I don't have one at the moment but am thinking of starting the process and write one if someone asks to see it. What do others think of this strategy"

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The Look and Feel of a Business Plan Document

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-06-30

Tags: Preparation Materials Busines Plan

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We are close to completing our business plan, and are thinking ahead to the next step: document production.

What do VCs prefer with respect to the final look and feel of a document" Do they want something glossy and flashy; off-set printed with perfect binding; designed to look like a high-end magazine" Do they prefer a plain report printed on regular white paper, coil-bound, with a clear plastic cover"

Will a document that looks like it cost more to produce get VCs to open it with more interest than one that looks like it was printed on a home office ink-jet" Or do VCs only care about the facts and figures"

How important is this first impression"

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The Value of a Written Business Plan?

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Posted by Anonymous on 2008-05-13

Tags: Preparation Materials Busines Plan

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Get Screened in Not Out

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Posted by MedTech Expert on 2008-02-27

Tags: Pitching Busines Plan Materials

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Part of the science of getting in the door of a VC is to stand out from the crowd. Unfortunately, inertia is often a big factor in business plan screening. Contrary to popular opinion, every word of every plan is not read. First the plan gets a glance. Then it gets a skim. Then it gets a more detailed read. But every step is contingent upon the reader finding a reason to go the next one.

Here's the truth: most investors screen out rather than screen in. Especially if they're overwhelmed and very time constrained as most are.

This means:
• if your business overview looks like it needs to be deciphered - you're out
• if they don't see what they are looking for in a glance - you're out
• if they don't have all the information they need to know -you're iffy

Eliminate objections and pessimism before it arises by explaining in a very well thought-out cover letter what makes your business different - and position it as one that's advantageous to the firm's objectives, if you can.

Your business overview is a screening tool. It's the point person on your investor search. It needs to screen you in, and it needs to do that by being read, not ignored. If you want to get in the door, this is one of the keys that can open it.

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Confidentiality and Business Plans

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Posted by MedTech Expert on 2008-01-01

Tags: Pitching Busines Plan Confidentiality

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Do not count on an NDA to keep your business plan out of the hands of those you would least like to see it. Early in my venture career, I believed, falsely, that this would inhibit VCs from sharing the plan. I learned the truth later, when I ran a VC funded company. My investors and those who wanted to ingratiate themselves to me would send confidential material they received directly to me for review. Some times it was to help advise them on certain technologies, and at other times, it was to provide a heads-up on competitive technologies.

Just assume that whatever you write/present will end up with someone (including large corporations) that you would least like to see it. You are better off posting it on Internet!

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