The Art of Projections in a Dotcom 2.0 World

The world is running amok with entrepreneurs pitching every sort of Web 2.0, social networking, user-generated-content startup. It’s the attack of the bull-shiitake startup projections, so I’m losing my hearing; there’s a ringing in my head, and I get dizzy every once in a while. Before the world implodes (again), here is a top-tenish list [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:23:52-07:00November 2nd, 2006|Categories: Entrepreneurship, Management, Pitching and Presenting, Venture Capital|Tags: |0 Comments

The Art of the Start Conference

Just a reminder: Hope to see you guys at the Garage/SVASE "Art of the Start" event on Wednesday, November 8th. It’s at the Microsoft Conference Center in Mountain View, California. We’re covering the topics of entrepreneurship, venture capital, product introduction, sales, and marketing. The highlight is a fireside chat with Michael Arrington of TechCrunch. The [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:23:55-07:00November 1st, 2006|Categories: Books, Entrepreneurship, Events, Pitching and Presenting|Tags: |10 Comments

Top Ten Entrepreneur’s Song List

Over at Escape From Cubicle Nation, Pam Slim has compiled the top ten entrepreneur’s song list, complete with samples. Speaking of music, I was listening to the Greg Kihn show on KFOX this morning, and Gregg Allman called in because his daughter’s band came in second in the station’s “Last Band Standing” contest. In response [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:23:58-07:00October 27th, 2006|Categories: Pitching and Presenting|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Call for Nominations–Launch: Silicon Valley

SVASE (Silicon Valley Association of Startup Entrepreneurs) is hosting an event called “Launch: Silicon Valley” on November 8 at the Microsoft Campus in Mountain View, California. SVASE is looking for new companies that are ready for launch or have launched recently. If you want to nominate a company, please email a two-page executive summary to: [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:24:16-07:00September 28th, 2006|Categories: Books, Entrepreneurship, Pitching and Presenting|Tags: , |0 Comments

Majora II

There were many critics of my posting called “As Good As Steve.” They sought to refute my contention that Majora is as good as Steve. The criticism misses the most important implication of her speech; or, perhaps more accurately, I did not adequately highlight the implication. But first, let’s set the record straight for the [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:25:18-07:00August 1st, 2006|Categories: Pitching and Presenting|Tags: |0 Comments

TEDTALKS: More Great Speakers

This is a collection of presentations at the annual TED conference. To TED’s credit, it is making this available to the “rest of us.” (Many thanks to Thomas Wenzl for bringing this to my attention.) Each year, TED hosts some of the world’s most fascinating people: Trusted voices and convention-breaking mavericks, icons and geniuses. The [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:25:32-07:00July 24th, 2006|Categories: Pitching and Presenting|0 Comments

The Art of Speaking: Rudy, Bill, Arnold, and John

The Speaking Channel provides an analysis of well-known speakers alongside video recordings of those speakers in action. The list of speakers includes: Rudy Giuliani Bill Clinton Arnold Schwarzenegger John Edwards This video analysis is helpful to learn about the craft of public speaking, so check it out if you’re interested in the subject. Also, I’m [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:25:36-07:00July 19th, 2006|Categories: Pitching and Presenting|0 Comments

A Tribute to Harold Keables: “A Dream Is Had By Me”

Harold Keables taught me how to write. He was my English high-school teacher in the early seventies (1970s, not 1870s). I wasn’t that great a student, so he’s probably having a good laugh in heaven watching me write books and blogs. Mr. Keables used Good Writing: An Informal Manual of Style when I was in [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:25:53-07:00July 7th, 2006|Categories: Blogging, Pitching and Presenting|Tags: |19 Comments

The Art of the Start Video

An honest speaker will tell you that she has “on” days and “off” days. The result of a truly “on” day is a standing ovation. I had a very “on” day at TiECon on May 13, 2006. This is the annual meeting of The Indus Entrepreneur organization. I’ve provided postings of audio and video of [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:26:12-07:00June 22nd, 2006|Categories: Books, Entrepreneurship, Pitching and Presenting|Tags: |152 Comments

Venture Capital Panel MP3

This is an MP3 recording from the venture capital panel at a Garage event called The Art of the Start. In this panel, five prominent venture capitalists from Silicon Valley firms discuss entrepreneurship, fund raising, and market sectors. The panel occurred in 2005 (that is, after the dotcom implosion), so the information is still highly [...]

How We Got DEMOgod by Nathan MacNeill

Nathan MacNeill, the co-founder of a company called Network Streaming (recently renamed Bomgar), documented the lessons that he learned from winning the DEMOgod award at DEMO 2006. I am publishing what he wrote for three reasons: To supplement “How to Be a Demo God.” To help the entrepreneurs preparing for Red Herring Spring 2006 (especially [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:26:52-07:00May 17th, 2006|Categories: Pitching and Presenting|0 Comments

Art of the Start Online Video

A few weeks ago I provided a site where you can see my Art of Innovation speech. My buddy, Mike Johnston, just showed me that my Art of the Start speech is online here. The Art of Innovation is a speech for any stage of company that is trying to create and marketing innovative products [...]

Steve Jobs at the Cupertino City Council

Saw this at Presentation Zen: Steve Jobs testifying at the Cupertino City Council. There is much to observe in this short clip: Casual speaking style No slides or multimedia crutches Friendly yet powerful: i.e., he's essentially saying, "We could have gone elsewhere, but we stuck with Cupertino so be nice to us..." What other Fortune [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:27:12-07:00May 7th, 2006|Categories: Apple, Pitching and Presenting|Tags: |0 Comments

How To Be a Great Moderator

How many times have you watched a panel and thought that it was entertaining and informative? Your answer is probably a small number. Moderating a panel is deceptively hard--harder, in fact, than keynoting because the quality of the panelists is usually beyond your control. Here's how to be a great moderator. Don't over-prepare the panelists. [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:28:15-07:00March 7th, 2006|Categories: Pitching and Presenting|Tags: |40 Comments

How to Be a Demo God

From February 6th to 8th, executives from seventy companies will do a six-minute demo of their products to an audience of venture capitalists, analysts, and journalists. This event is called, logically, Demo. It's a great event--especially if you understand the dance that's going on: entrepreneurs acting like they don't need capital, and VCs acting like [...]

By |2016-10-24T14:29:17-07:00January 23rd, 2006|Categories: Marketing and Sales, Pitching and Presenting|0 Comments
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