5Cs to get funded: CONFIDENCE, CONNECTION, COMMITTMENT, CHECKLIST and COLLABORATION
I am just going to state this right up front - as an entrepreneur I have hired a fair amount of outside consultants over my career beginning with being the Co-Inventor/Co-Founder of ACT! (the product that started the entire Relationship Management software industry) up through today as CEO & Co-Founder of VIPorbit software and our Vipor family of Relationship Management products. Very few overall delivered on the promises made and the original skills presented, much less over-delivered and that also went WAY beyond promises made and skills presented that truly resulted in an outstanding service being delivered. Well, John did, and I have to say that in my mind he has set a new standard of expectations.
His insight and understanding of HOW to craft a compelling slide deck for purposes of (in my case) raising additional equity investment, WHAT it should say, HOW to say it in a story mode, resulting in a robust WHY the listener/reader should invest was brilliant! Even after the scope of our agreement had been superbly completed, John STILL stayed in touch to see how things went, further suggestions as to what to do for any subsequent events and just generally portrayed that rare person who "goes the extra mile - and then some." I can guarantee you one thing - for future rounds that I will be raising I will be calling on John again because his value way exceeds his cost!
Mike Muhney, CEO &Co-Founder VIPorbit Software and Co-Founder of ACT!
Mary Kopczynski J.D./Ph.D. Law and Global Affairs | CEO & Founder of Eight of Nine Consulting, LLC Female entrepreneurs: John is the answer to bringing you where you need to be to play with the big dogs. I came to John struggling with our different and unique business lines and he really helped us simplify what we were doing to make it clear and concise for investors. He also helped us with our capital offering since we were unexpectedly down a CFO. John is worth every penny!
David Becker Advisory Board Member at MatchPad If you need a clear path to funding and success, John will provide it. By leveraging his 20-year career in sales coupled with a deep understanding of intricacies of pitching investors, John provides start-ups with both high-level and street-level smarts. Highly recommended.