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Getting on stage to pitch your startup soon? Here’s how to structure it

By this point in my startup career, I’ve easily seen thousands of startup pitches. Maybe tens of thousands. What’s more, I’ve also had the privilege of working with hundreds of founders to workshop, refine, and polish their pitches for both VC pitches and on stage presentations. So if you’re a founder prepping to jump on stage at an upcoming startup competitions or demo day, I thought it might be beneficial for you if I shared a little advice that any number of founders have found valuable as they developed the stories of their startups to tell in front of a live studio audience…

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A few personal experiments from 2020 that I plan to continue as 2021 projects

It’s that time of year. You know, the time of the year when we look back. When we assess. And where we try to use that assessment to plot our paths forward. And to plan for a new year. Obviously this last year — perhaps more than any other of my professional career which, mind you, includes both the dotcom crash and the mortgage crisis — is one where I was desperately searching for a bright spot or two amongst all of the heartache and weirdness. And I was pleasantly surprised that I was able to find at least a couple of positives. I mean like they say, after all, hindsight is…

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Pontificating on trust within the startup community

I know that most of the stuff I vomit onto the Internet on a regular basis is, at best, pithy. And, at worst, is just the worst. And that a great deal of that regurgitation is replicating something that someone else has written. Or directing you to someone else’s thoughts. And that’s by design. But I do actually think about stuff. From time to time. No really. And every once in a while, I write something that contains actual thought. Or at least some semblance thereof.

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Need my focused effort on your startup problem? I’m hoping this will help

Even though I’m a complete introvert, I do everything I can to muster the energy to meet with people. It’s my way of collecting and connecting dots. For the benefit of the startup community. Meeting with folks who want to get connected and putting them in touch with folks they need to meet.

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Playing good cop and bad cop on the Float Small Business podcast

As a Libra, I often argue both sides of an issue. Generally in my head. By myself. This time, part of that internal good cop, bad cop routine was captured for posterity, externally. All thanks to the Float Small Business podcast with host Amina Moreau.

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Chatting with Willamette Week about the current state of the Portland startup community

Strange times. I don’t have any better insights than you do. But I’m trying to make sense of it. Of this weirdness. Of this new abnormal. And trying to find threads or themes or paths that will help us move forward. That will give startups opportunities. And that will give all of us some strange semblance of a light at the end of the tunnel.

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Unrated Director’s Cut: Complete unedited responses from my recent Willamette Week interview on the Portland startup community

You may have seen the print edition or the online version of my interview with Willamette Week, this week. I was humbled by the opportunity to take part in this article. And it was a great way to commemorate the milestone of PIE turning a decade old and Silicon Florist turning a dozen years old. I mean, it’s not every day that your projects reach ages where you can talk about the years in euphemisms, simultaneously. Or something. And stuff.

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