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Raising and Spending Cash
Dennis Jeff
2/1/2006
Article Resource
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Recounting the tale of founding and growing two companies, one which ultimately failed, the author argues that the key message about cash in a high growth business is raise more than you need, and spend less than you have.

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Entrepreneurial Thought Leader Speaker Series
Mayer Marissa
5/17/2006
VideoSeries Resource
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Marissa leads the product management efforts on Google's search products- web search, images, groups, news, Froogle, the Google Toolbar, Google Desktop, Google Labs, and more. She joined Google in 1999 as Google's first female engineer and led the user interface and webserver teams at that time. Her efforts have included designing and developing Google's search interface, internationalizing the site to more than 100 languages, defining Google News, Gmail, and Orkut, and launching more than 100 features and products on Google.com. Several patents have been filed on her work in artificial intelligence and interface design. In her spare time, Marissa also organizes Google Movies- outings a few times a year to see the latest blockbusters- for 6,000+ people (employees plus family members and friends). Concurrently with her full-time work at Google, Marissa has taught introductory computer programming classes at Stanford to over 3,000 students. Stanford has recognized her with the Centennial Teaching Award and the Forsythe Award for her outstanding contribution to undergraduate education. Prior to joining Google, Marissa worked at the UBS research lab (Ubilab) in Zurich, Switzerland and at SRI International in Menlo Park, California. Graduating with honors, Marissa received her BS in Symbolic Systems and her MS in Computer Science from Stanford University. For both degrees, she specialized in artificial intelligence. Courtesy of Google, Bart Nagel

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It's All in the Sequence
6/9/2006
Summary:

A seasoned angel investor outlines what his angel group considers to be the proper sequence of information for entrepreneurs to use in pitching to angel investors.

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Perfect Pitch: Tips for a Better Presentation
6/9/2006
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An angel investor provides a succinct set of tips on how to pitch your company to investors. Key advice: project confidence and boil your pitch down to one or two sentences to establish a frawework for the audience.

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Sample Template on Pitching Angels
8/7/2006
File Resource
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Raising money by selling equity to investors is a rare activity for companies, says CommonAngels' James Geshwiler. Not many CEOs get much practice or guidance on how to do this key task. This document is a sample template for entrepreneurs to use in pitching their companies to angel investors, and covers six main areas of risk and ability to generate return for investors.

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Monitoring the Budget
FastTrac
9/25/2006
Article Resource
Summary:

Compare actual financial figures to your budget at least monthly. You may need to adjust the budget during the year to reflect new information.

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Nurturing Entrepreneurship at Every Level
Hileman Jane
9/25/2006
Article Resource
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The founder and CEO of American Reading Company, Jane Hileman, has seen her company grow from a few teachers ten years ago to 111 employees today who provide books and reading goals for students to encourage a love of reading. Hileman's goals are revenue growth, profitability, and success.

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Preparing a Preliminary Forecast
9/25/2006
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Before building a detailed line-by-line budget, entrepreneurs should prepare a preliminary forecast, projecting estimates of the primary components of profitability--sales, cost of goods sold, and operating expenses.

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Budgeting Strategies
FastTrac
9/27/2006
Article Resource
Summary:

Budgeting, forecasting, and projecting mean fundamentally the same thing--estimating future amounts based on information you already know.

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Projecting Financials: The First Step
FastTrac
9/27/2006
Article Resource
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Historical financial information can be a great tool to jumpstart the budgeting process if care is taken to adjust for any incorrect or misleading information.

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