We got our start consulting with start up businesses in the early 2000’s.
Our managing partner as Director of the Governor’s Office of Strategic Initiatives was tasked with setting up angel investor networks and training sessions in South Dakota and neighboring areas. As part of that he both prepared companies for investment and investor pitches as well as worked with renowned angel investors and the Kaufman Foundation to train angel investors as to how to organize and vet deals.
In sum, he knows the angel and venture investor playbook. He is willing to share what he knows with you. As a valuation expert, he also knows how those valuations change as businesses, move or don’t move along their predicted hockey stick revenue line. Above all, he understands that all venture and angel investors are looking to say “no” so that they can go play golf, travel, or spend time with their family and kids or grandkids. Getting them past that dreaded “no” is essential to finding success. He has worked with dying start ups that have become phenomenal successes. Our firm will share what he has shared with us so you can increase your chances of success!!
Because he is frequently asked to consult with start up companies who could no afford to pay him to help, and because SEC rules did not permit him to work on commission, and because he has economic development close to his heart, regardless of the return, our managing partner began mentoring start ups over lunches. His deal was simple: 11:30 to 1:30 lunch. The start up buys. During that two hours he will share whatever he can to help them succeed. The rest is up to the entrepreneur. Hundreds of dinners (and a few pounds) later, he is putting that information into a book to make available to start ups or those dreaming of starting a company around the world.
In early 2020 you will be able to download an inexpensive book on how to prepare for and get angel and venture investments. Please email us to request to be on the mailing list for when the book is released. The book will be for a nominal fee, and will be a short, but valuable read.
In the meantime, if you are in the region, the lunch deal still stands!