Venture Capital Investment Pitch Deck Template – Leave Behind

This deck was put together after years of seeing these things, putting these things together, and having garnered from it some personal success, i.e. getting funded. It also built off of a few decks that were passed to me by VC friends. Unfortunately, I’m not at liberty to say who the companies were, but rest…

You're thinking about Augmented Reality all wrong

aug.ment verb |ôgˈment| [ with obj. ] make (something) greater by adding to it; increase: he augmented his reality by finding a special on foursquare.  Search for augmented reality in the App store or any Android store and you’ll find that the devices will typically focus on the visual sensory perception of reality, some apps add…

The Silicon Bayou, a Phoenix Rising

When you think of New Orleans the first things that typically pop into head are Mardi Gras, Katrina, Music, and perhaps Crawfish. The city itself was devastated after hurricane Katrina, and in many ways what is happening in NOLA now can be described as a phoenix rising form the ashes.  A vibrant start-up and technology…

Want to work at a start-up? This is how to go about it

Of the better ways to learn the startup scene is simply to work at one, and while you typically won’t find startup jobs listed on your typical job portal that is not to say those positions are not out there. With that said, the benefits of working at a startup are many, possible chance at…

Startup Feature: Teambox

We recently had the chance to talk with Pablo Villalba from Teambox about how he got started and what advice he has to pass onto new and budding entrepreneurs, better yet, Teambox is now inBloon’s project management solution. The trickle effects of Next Top Startup, but I digress. So without further ado, the startup feature…

Startup Feature: InBloon

Back in May we asked Jose Mariano of In Bloon five questions about his startup, being that he entered the Next Top Startup competition we felt it unfair to feature him and not the others, however now with the first edition of the competition well behind us we feel it’s time to publish his answers…

SCORE – and why Europe needs to

While there are days of the entrepreneur, various government backed incubators initiatives and some absurdly difficult to find money from the EU, the one thing – and possibly the most important thing that is missing Europe-side, are readily accessible mentors. Those seasoned entrepreneurs who are willing to donate their free time to help the future…

Video Series: Social Entrepreneurship

Put together by the Google Foundation, this video while an hour long is more than interesting and well worth watching by any aspiring social entrepreneur. It focuses on the Ashoka Foundation, but so much more. Ashoka: Innovators for the Public is a nonprofit organization supporting the field of social entrepreneurship. Ashoka was founded by Bill Drayton in 1981…

A clear value proposition is vital for elevator pitches.

Cut and dry, if you can’t tell me what your entrepreneurial project does in a sentence, you’ve got a problem. I can’t begin to tell you how common a mistake it is among budding entrepreneurs to delve into the mundane details of their projects. It usually starts off like this. “We at New Mobile Platforms…

If the idea isn't working, can it, and start anew.

Once we had the pleasure of listening to a successful entrepreneur give a talk about how he made it, and how some of his friends who also started companies were faring. Long story short we got to talking about two good friends of his who had started companies years ago. One was now a very…

Tackling South Africa’s Entrepreneurship Roadblocks

The first paragraph of a report published by the University of Cape Town: General School of Business in 2002 reads as follows. “South Africa is less entrepreneurial than other developing countries, a fact which could impact negatively on the country’s economic growth and job creation prospects. According to the 2002 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), released…

The USSR was good for entrepreneurship.

When you think of the Soviet Union, and in fact communism – the last thing that comes to your mind are the favorable conditions it set for private enterprise. And while undeniable that the “concept” of privatization was “frowned upon” under the hammer and sickle, it’s not to say that it inadvertently didn’t do more…