McG 2017 Orientation Session slides

Greetings to the McG 2017 innovators and entrepreneurs! Here are the slides from the orientation sessions ... Download PDF

Technology Readiness Levels (TRL)

Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) are a method of estimating technology maturity.

New AZ state law eases venture-capital rules

A new law will make it easier to attract much-needed private investment to Arizona by removing unnecessary state regulation of venture-capital funds, backers say.The legislation, SB 1005, essentially exempts venture-capital managers from state laws requiring regis...



Journalism 101

WWWWWH ... What is it, who does it, where do they do it, when did they do it, why do they do it, how do they do it ... how might we do it better?

6 Low Cost Ways to Test Your Business Idea

So you’ve got a great idea for a new product or solution and you think it’ll be a sure-fire hit.Not so fast. To find out if your idea has traction, you need to test it.It’s an often-overlooked step that can help you refine your offering and ensure a successful go-to-market strategy. So before yo...

9 Actionable Presentation Tips That’ll Make You Stand Out

Chances are your presentations are designed to generate leads, produce sales, convey ideas, educate people, or get them to make a decision. But whatever your goal is, you’ll never succeed at reaching it if you can’t create effective presentations that have clear objectives and create value for y...

Sticky lawsuit: $400M dispute lingers over Post-it inventor

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Alan Amron has invented a battery-powered squirt gun, a digital photo frame, even a laser system that may someday provide a visible first-down line for fans inside NFL stadiums. He holds 40 U.S. patents, but he's most interested in an invention for which he gets no cr...

65 Questions Venture Capitalists Will Ask Startups

This piece originally appeared on AllBusiness.com.Entrepreneurs need to be prepared in pitching their startup companies to a venture capitalist by anticipating the questions they will receive. The failure to have thoughtful and reasonable answers to VC questions will decrease the likelihood of t...


Some resources for entrepreneurs ...

SBA.gov www.thinksmallbizaz.com www.asba.com www.azcommerce.com/start-up/innovation-in-arizona/resources/start-up-assistance/entrepreneurs-edge www.caycon.com entrepreneurship.asu.edu investsouthwest.org/15-great-resources-for-phoenix-startups ftc.gov sec.gov 1.07




MotionBay business plan example

Here's an example of a pretty well done undergrad McG business plan. When is a business plan finished? Always and never. It should always be ready just in case Warren Buffet walks in the door and wants to see it, but it's always going to be revised (once or twice a year, once the venture is rocki...

22 Guerrilla Marketing Ideas for Trade Shows

Pre-Show1. Use humor. Do something that surprises people and breaks expectations. Pique people’s curiosities by giving them hints, but not the answer to what is coming.2. Take a postcard page like one of these from Despair.com and put a funny twist on the old ‘stop by and see us’ message.3. Hand...

Racine, Wisconsin venture development initiatives ...

It seems most every community around the country is trying to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship. This is just an example (from Jim's hometown of Racine, Wisconsin) of the types of resources that are typically available, from shared workspaces to SBA assistance to tax incentives to grants ...

9 Ways to Upgrade Your Company's Schwag

Face it: No wants your lame keychain. Here's where to find the promotional tchotchkes your customers won't toss. Great businesses need trustworthy supply sources. But how do you make sure you're getting the best deal on business paraphernalia or office supplies before pressing purchase?To find ...

Jim Jindrick

Welcome to VentureNotebook.com ... a collection of tips, tools, and rules of thumb for innovators and entrepreneurs! Click on the article headline to see more! The articles are indexed below ... click on a subject of interest to find related material. Jim Jindrick, Editor.

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