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What are the most valuable recommendations in order to raise money from VCs connected via Gust?

To begin with, it is important to understand some basic facts about the world of entrepreneurial finance:

There are many more entrepreneurs than there are investors, with the result that only one company out of every 400 that seeks venture funding actually receives it. As such, the competition from an entrepreneur’s standpoint is very, very tough. In order to be

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If They Ask You to Judge a Business Plan Competition, Say Yes

Posted by on May 7th, 2013

I’ve had the pleasure of judging several dozen real business pitches in the past six weeks. Some were pitches for angel investment at the Willamette Angel Conference, an angel group in Oregon. More to the point, others were for the University of Oregon New Venture Competition, the Rice University Business Plan Competition, and the University of Texas’ Venture Labs competition.

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Are Startups Now Changing the World Instead of the Web?

It’s too soon for rigorous data analysis. I don’t have surveys. But I’ve been through about 120 startup business plans in the last month and it seems like there’s a big shift. There’s a lot more science and a lot less web. There’s a lot more save the people, save the world, than there is save the web. 

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