Category Archive: Investment

Aug 17

Hard hats and hard heads: Not an obstacle for 2 PowerUP innovators

By Merom klein “Before we wrote a single line of code or sketched our first product idea, we watched our buyers and users and saw their problems. We understood their frustrations – and saw what cost them time, money and misunderstandings. We understood how they worked and what they would and would not do with technology.” …

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Aug 17

Do Angels Really Bet on the Jockey?

A common phrase among angels is that we bet on the jockey not the horse. That means that the deciding factor is based on the people and the personalities behind a project more than the other aspects of the project. Anecdotally, this may be true because we like to invest in people who are innovative and in whom we can believe. But is …

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Aug 07

Mind Share and more: What happens at a Keiretsu meeting

Welcome to Keiretsu. If you’ve never been to a meeting, here’s an insider’s view. The meeting starts with greetings, informal meetings and light breakfast items. Keiretsu is not a networking group. It is an event management group, a facilitation meeting. It is the largest angel investment organization in North America. At the Philadelphia location, Howard …

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Aug 07

 Flying through customer service with social media

  Social media has many faces: time-waster, social-changer, customer servicer, marketing producer, socializer, rant blaster, celebrity booster, family connector, marriage destroyer, matchmaker, friendship definer. Companies have to identify how to insert a meaningful message into the mix of messages that fills the company’s goal. I recently visited the social media lab of one of the …

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Aug 01

The view on the 14th floor: Quotes from my first Keiretsu meeting

At the start of writing social media columns for this blog, I had a 30,000-foot view of Keiretsu and what it is about. I am not a certified investor. I am a writer. I deal in high volumes of words, not profits. I calculate commentary, not ratio of diluted or non-diluted funds. I create buzz …

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Jul 26

84 coffee dates to Philly Startup Leaders

Yuval had a problem. She majored in strategic communications and took a few jobs that she liked, but didn’t see herself staying in. She explored what career might suit her best. After 84 coffee dates in 3 months, she said, “I realized I was just talking to entrepreneurs by the end. Everyone was in the …

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Jul 19

3 Knockout Words For Every Investor and Entrepeneur To Use on Day One

They all sounded good. All of them. I entered the world of angel investing 18 months ago and came to the immediate conclusion that every company seemed like a good idea. It’s like when I first started training in karate and thought every punch would result in a knockout. Surely, every opportunity wasn’t going to …

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Jul 14

I don’t know what to post: 7 ways to get noticed on social media

Think of social media as a big, hungry beast that needs to be fed. Your job is to prepare the meals. You could hire the top chef in the world and have a fancy meal prepared, perhaps caviar with perfectly placed garnishes on the plate. It takes the chef a lot of time, preparation and expertise …

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Jul 12

What’s better than 1,000 likes? Relational social media

Relational social media is not a Chewbacca mask, cat video, inspirational quote or a sponsored post with 1,000 likes. It’s when your customers comment to each other about your business on Facebook. It’s when your employees post about one of their work accomplishments, in their own words. It’s when an organization you work with tags you in a …

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Jul 12

Beyond the due diligence report

. The guru of due diligence reports, the man known for thorough research and reconnaissance at Kieretsu is Howard Lubert. At one point, he took a look at some of his investments and compared them to others that were more successful and he found one consistent pattern that determined whether a venture was successful or …

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