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3141_ccec18b474_small November 7, 2011 by Guest Contributor

Des Moines At Thinc Iowa in Des Moines last month, Scott Case, CEO of the Startup America Partnership and founding CTO of, described the mission of the Startup America Partnership. Initiated by the White House but operating as an independent, private-sector entity, the Startup America Partnership is dedicated to growing more resources for entrepreneurs in the areas of expertise, support services, talent, customers and capital. Case talked … read more

3073_7296ca349f_small October 26, 2011 by Guest Contributor

I've often said that getting a technology startup launched has never been easier. So many services, software and … read more

3031_3726dde795_small October 20, 2011 by William Fisher

Omaha OK. We know our audience, and we have down cold both the industry and the company we are pitching. Now, let’s make some sausage. I like to get those I work with to follow some simple rules that I have witnessed that are effective. My idea of a perfect pitch is one that tells them up front in five minutes what you are going to tell them, then tells them exactly that in a 30 minute presentation, and then summarizes what you just told them in the last five minutes … read more

2998_db2239b615_small October 12, 2011 by William Fisher

Omaha In my last article, I explored how to answer the question regarding how to create the perfect pitch. In my opinion, it is predicated on you being able to understand your audience, the company you are presenting and any outside elements that influence the decision. After you understand these items, then you are ready to follow some simple rules and create a winning presentation. Therefore, keys to a good pitch are: Know your audience … read more

2973_d2bba660ee_small October 9, 2011 by Guest Contributor

(This is a guest post by Jonathan Kay). Odds are, you have a blog reader. You have all your favorite sites and RSS feeds hooked in, and I would even venture to say you start your day off each morning by skimming through all this content. You probably read a handful of “five tips on …” and “top 10 …” posts, maybe even a few motivating success stories about entrepreneurs who killed it. This will be like none of those. This post will outline a handful of lessons you can learn from two big ass failures. Get ready. Get excited. Here we go. … read more

2970_dd9d762012_small October 8, 2011 by Guest Contributor

Kansas City (This is a guest post by Bo Fishback) When I left what I thought was my dream job to launch a start-up, I truly believed I was onto something huge. Initially, I was following my instincts; however, looking back, some key indicators reinforced my gut feeling. Think you're on the precipice of the next big thing? Ask yourself these questions first. Is the market so big that you struggle to quantify it? I've got a fancy MBA and understand how … read more

2960_1bab0e76c5_small October 6, 2011 by Danny Schreiber

Omaha If I remember correctly, I was in my middle school keyboard class when I first took notice of a series of black and white images that encouraged me to "Think different." As we tested for our highest WPM (words per minute), it was hard not to take a break, stare up at the series of at least a dozen posters and just daydream. There was Albert Einstein, Muhammad Ali, Amelia Earhart, Jane Goodall and, my favorite, Jim Henson and Kermit the Frog. Individuals whose very existence inspires the imagination. Yesterday, we lost one of those individuals. Not one featured in that campaign, but the one at the center of the company behind it and the person … read more

2959_15214e5ec7_small October 5, 2011 by William Fisher

Omaha I have been asked a number of times how to create the perfect pitch. Young (or old) entrepreneurs want the template that will result in funding with the fewest number of steps and the minimum amount of time. After all, we all want it now … and we want it with whipped topping and nuts. Although I am not the brightest, I am pretty sure that if there was a perfect template for the perfect pitch it would … read more

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