Entrepreneur, Investor, Managing Director of Techstars in NYC
Alex Iskold is the managing director of Techstars in New York City. Previously Iskold was founder/CEO of GetGlue (acquired by i.tv), founder/CEO of Information Laboratory (acquired by IBM) and chief architect at DataSynapse (acquired by TIBCO). An engineer by training, Iskold has deep passion and appreciation for startups, digital products and elegant code. He likes running, yoga, complex systems, Murakami books and red wine -- not necessarily in that order and not necessarily all together. He actively blogs about startups and venture capital at http://alexiskold.net.
The Tried-and-True Process for Getting Investors to Give You a Straight Answer
You want to hear "yes,'' and you will survive hearing "no,'' but you can't work with a "maybe'' that never ends.
7 Things That Define Exceptional Founding Teams
When a business is launched, every member of the team is crucial to success. Picking those people is the founders primary job.
Raise More Capital When You Can
Investors and founders both sense the venture funding pool is drying up. If you're raising money, take every dollar you can when you can.
10 Essentials for a Persuasive Seed-Round Investor Deck
No deck is perfect but the good ones all succinctly tell investors what they need to know to make a decision.
Be Meticulous About Your Investor Funnel to Achieve Funding Success
Persuading investors is a long process of getting their attention, then their enthusiasm. It helps to be methodical.
Before Asking to Meet an Investor Know Why the Investor Should Talk to You
Asking for an introduction to an investor without explaining why the investor will be interested reflects very poorly on you.