6 Steps to the Perfect Pitch

6 Steps to the Perfect Pitch Many entrepreneurs’ crash and burn when delivering their investor pitch—and ramble on and on. There’s nothing more frustrating than being told, “I only need 10 minutes of your time,” and then 20 minutes later you’re still on slide #5. Investors will want you to be able to back-up your Keep Reading ..

Microsoft Finance Director’s ‘Aha’ Leadership Moment

With the role of the CFO expanding to include more organizational strategy, it naturally follows that the finance department as a whole will be expected to make a similar shift from “number historian” to a strategic driver of growth. David Elrod, finance director at Microsoft, spoke with me to explain what makes a trusted leader Keep Reading ..

The 6 Must-Have Skills For A Startup CEO

Chief Executive Officer? Chief Visionary? Chief Cheerleader? Chief Salesman? Chief Funding Officer? Chief Communications Officer? Chief Team TISI -1.07% Builder? Chief Lightbulb Changer? Chief Coffee Maker? Yup, all of these titles apply to the role of a startup CEO. It is perhaps one of the hardest jobs to do in the business world, given the Keep Reading ..

Private Placements: What happens if you fail to file Form D (or file it late)?

Form D is a document that the SEC requires a company to file when it issues securities in a private placement under Regulation D. It must be filed with the SEC within 15 days of the first sale of a security in a private placement. In addition, for offerings made under Rule 506 (the most Keep Reading ..

The 3 Jobs Your Startup Should Outsource

If you’re running an early-stage startup, chances are there are some knowledge gaps in your core team. You may be strong on the technical side or a product whiz, but what about financial strategy, administration, HR? Are you prepared to manage the day-to-day of your startup, from recruiting new talent to bookkeeping to financial planning? Keep Reading ..