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A Matter of Taste

I watched a documentary about chef Paul Liebrandt in A Matter of Taste which covers a ten-year period. It goes to show that anyone no matter what career you’re in has to be deeply in love with what you do. It gives purpose and motivates us to push ourselves beyond the limits we’ve set for ourselves.

They’re just not that into your start-up

I’m waiting to hear back from lawyers, vendors on pricing, and a graphic designer. Editing photos is taking a long time! I’m trying to edit, but I’m really not good at it. This is not because the pics need major changes, but the background needs to be smoothed out and uniform plus I have to decide if I want to keep the shadows.

How to tell if a business is just not that into your start-up
1. They don’t do what they say they will
2. You spend most of your time following up with them
3. You have a gut feeling it’s not working out
4. They aren’t very responsive
5. There’s always an excuse of why they haven’t been available

Have a plan B & C!

Angel Investor

I received an email today asking if I’d like to learn how to be an angel investor. I would love to in the near future, but for now I’m bootstrapping the launch of my consumer product.

The Pipeline Fellowship trains women philanthropists to become angel investors through education, mentoring, and practice. Fellows commit to invest in a woman- led for-profit social venture in exchange for equity and a board seat at the end of the training.

PF’s blog has great videos from angels with helpful advice. One in particular from Rod C. about networking offers a great refresher of things to keep in mind during and after you have a conversation with someone. Below are some of the points of the video along with my own tidbits on networking.

1. How can you help the person you are talking with?
2. What is your goal and reason for networking?

  • Have a goal in mind when you’re networking. Whether it’s a question you need an answer to or someone you’d like to connect with.

3. What is your value proposition?

  • Even if it’s mostly about you, make sure to learn what their needs are so you can be on the lookout for them.

4. How will you follow up?

  • Follow up by saying what you’ll be doing at the end of the conversation. This secures the follow up the end of your discussion.
  • Make sure to have 3 points of contact within 30 days. Email, phone, coffee in person etc…